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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 ?

14 Apr 2021
The MAGS databases have been redesigned and now appear on a different page. Click on the MAGS Databases tab, then under that tab click on Member database search if you have logged in to the website. Otherwise click on Public database search. The original search mechanism is still there also.
A new database of names of overseas pensioners from the 1899 Pension Bureau report is now included. See a description of this database by clicking on Database descriptions.
14 Apr 2021 Board member reports for the previous quarter have been posted in the Documents and Reports section under the Members tab.
4 Mar 2021 The March issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the website. Once you login, select the Members tab and then Recent Der Kurier Issues under that heading.
26 Oct 2020 The Pennsylvania State Archives, part of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, has an online set of index cards that document military veterans from the Revolutionary War through World War I.  You can access the index at this link.
10 Sep 2020
Maryland Historical Society Announces Name Change
We are pleased to announce an exciting transformation taking place. Today, the Maryland Historical Society is becoming the Maryland Center for History and Culture.
After 176 years, we are stepping into this new identity that better reflects our mission to provide space for the community to discover and develop a deeper understanding of our nation’s history and culture through a Maryland prism. Your history lives here.
The name change process took more than two years and was marked by extensive research and surveys. Accompanying our rebrand is a new visual identity. Inspired by the quilts in our collection, the “M” in our logo represents pieces of a pattern coming together but not complete—history is about collecting stories, but more stories are always yet to be told. The logo also radiates out and radiates in, symbolizing the lives we touch and the ideas we bring together. See our new logo in action.
As we launch into this new chapter, we are excited to bring new exhibitions (and our first-ever virtual exhibition), more virtual programming (an effort that since March has allowed us to reach thousands from around the world), and enhanced digital access to our collections on our new website—also launching with the rebrand.
The support of our members and friends has played a major role in our ability to better define our identity and enhance our physical and virtual reach across Maryland and beyond. We are also grateful to the many individual donors who have contributed to our Shaping the Future of History campaign, which has helped make this rebrand work possible. Details of the campaign and how you can participate are coming soon.
Please join us this week for exclusive member museum hours through Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. We officially reopen the museum to the public Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library reopens October 7.
Come explore the "new" Maryland Center for History and Culture. We can’t wait to see you!
Mark B. Letzer,
President and CEO
Maryland Center for History and Culture
25 Aug 2019 A new record guide for the American consulate at Munich has been posted to the members-only website. It can be found under the Members tab, then Documents and Reports, then Consulates - Research Guides.

Gift from the Archives


Freiburg Minster is the cathedral of Freiburg im Breisgau, southwest Germany. The last duke of Zähringen had started the building around 1200 in romanesque style. The construction continued in 1230 in Gothic style. The minster was partly built on the foundations of an original church that had been there from the beginning of Freiburg, in 1120. In the Middle Ages, Freiburg lay in the Diocese of Konstanz. In 1827, Freiburg Minster became the seat of the newly erected Catholic Archdiocese of Freiburg, and thus a cathedral.




July 17
2021 Virtual International German Genealogy Conference
    Researching Together Worldwide / Weltweit Gemeinsam Forschen Registration for the International German Genealogy Conference is now open! With the theme of Researching Together Worldwide / weltweit gemeinsam forschen, this much-anticipated virtual conference will be held 17 July to 24 July 2021. Registration can be completed at the following ...