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Welcome to the MAGS web site!

The MAGS officers are excited to be able to present a new on-line look for our organization. You will find many new features on this site. The site also provides us a better ability to manage our membership and communicate with our members.

What's New ?

7 Dec 2017 Online registration for the Spring 2018 workshop and conference is now available under the MAGS Store -> Event Registration page.
4 Dec 2017 The December issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members section of the website under Recent Der Kurier Issues.
21 Nov 2017

German SIG: The Impact of World War I on German Ancestors

The German Special Interest Group of the Fairfax Genealogy Society enjoyed an excellent presentation in November by Mark Lazaroff. With the 100th anniversary of WWI, he discussed how the war brought a temporary end to German-Americans being proud to be German. This resulted from actions Germany took against the United States, as well as orchestrated propaganda programs (by whom?) to discourage support for Germany’s War effort. 

For those members of MAGS who did not see this presentation, you can click on this link to view Mark’s slide show. We encourage MAGS members in northern Virginia (and elsewhere) to investigate this group.
The German SIG’s mission is to promote historical and genealogical research into the lineage and lives of German-speaking ancestors.  Their area of interest includes all German-speaking countries in Europe, both in today’s Germany and areas formerly part of the 1871 German Empire.  They emphasize how to track your German-speaking immigrant ancestor backward through American sources and repositories as well as in European archives.  They usually have a speaker and meet on the third Monday of each month from 1:00-3:00 PM, except in December and the summer months.

Meeting Time: 3rd Monday of the month (unless it falls on a holiday)

Meeting Place:  Fairfax County,  Pohick Regional Library 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015

30 Oct 2017
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15 Oct 2017 The latest reports from the board have been posted to the Documents and Reports section under the Members tab. You must be logged in to view these.

MAGS at the Odenten Genealogy Fair

MAGS was represented at the Odenton Genealogy Fair last month by Carol Carman, Roy Shiflet, and Charles Hessler.

Gift from the Archives

MAGS will periodically display images of interest, including postcards, letterhead, and other historical documents discovered at the National Archives and other locations. Check back frequently to see what's new. In addition, members have access to an image gallery and library of images to browse.
The village of Kehl was first mentioned in 1038. In 1338 the first permanent bridge between Kehl and Strasbourg was completed. In 1678 the city was taken over by France, as it was considered to be part of the defense system of Strasbourg. Hence the village was transformed into a fortress in 1683 by the French architect Vauban. Kehl is in the state of Baden-Württemburg

January 27
Recap of the First Annual Germanic Genealogy Conference
Mid-Atlantic German Society Board Member at Large John Frank will recap the 1st Germanic Genealogy Conference. This is a standing meeting of the German Special Interest Group Contact SIG Leader Robert Dunfield at for more information.

February 21
My Trip To Germany with Diana Schnurrpusch
Diana Schnurrpusch, GSIG Member, will recount her experiences from her Summer 2017 trip to Germany. This is a standing meeting of the German Special Interest Group. Contact SIG Leader Robert Dunfield at for more information.

March 20
MAGS Database Overview
SIG leader Bob Dunfield will discuss the new MAGS database (Mid Atlantic-Germanic Society), which could be an important tool in your German research.  Please visit This is a standing meeting of the German Special Interest Group. Contact SIG Leader Robert Dunfield at for more information. ...

April 13
Research Using Government Publications
WORKSHOP – Friday, April 13, 2018   Did you know that the National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution published its annual reports in the Congressional Serial Set through the 1960s?  Think of the information those reports might hold for family historians.  Government documents are an underused, ...

April 14
Some Other Approaches to your German Research
Morning Program Michael Lacopo, D.V.M.   Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-evaluating the "Evidence" When information passed on from researcher to researcher doesn't "add up", it's time to tear down the walls and rebuild anew. This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested. This lecture ...