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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 ?

21 Oct 2019

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Seventh Annual Virtual Genealogy Fair - October 23, 2019

Every year, the National Archives hosts a free, virtual Genealogy Fair via live webcast on YouTube. The sessions offer family history research tools on Federal records for all skill levels. Join thousands of family historians participating during the live event. Attend free of charge and no reservation.
12 Oct 2019 The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free classes and webinars for October 2019. Highlighted classes this month incorporate a German/Slavic Seminar on October 21-25, as well as a Latin America Seminar from October 28-November 2. Handwriting sessions featured within the German/Slavic seminar will include the following languages: Latin, Polish, Russian, Dutch and German. Spanish beginner content will be available during the Latin America seminar. Attend in person or online. No registration is required.
19 Sep 2019 The fall workshop scheduled for Friday, October 25th in Martinsburg, WV is now full and registration is closed. The Saturday conference still has openings. Please join us if you have not already signed up.
25 Oct 2019
Following the workshop we will have a Freitag Gemutlichkeit and will meet in the hotel for refreshments and socializing. There will be a cash bar including soft drinks and MAGS will provide snacks. You do not have to attend the workshop to come to this but plan to arrive at the hotel in time for this event which will run from 4:30 to 6:00.
The Friday workshop held from 1:00-4:00 will be presented by Bob Greiner and is entitled: Using Map Resources to Locate German Ancestral Villages
6 Sep 2019 The September 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.
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.
25 Aug 2019 Reports from the recent board meeting have been posted in the Documents and Reports section under the Members tab.
15 Jul 2019 A PDF version of Andy Hochreiter's three presentations at the recent MAGS workshop have been placed on the members only page. Please click here to see them.
15 Nov 2018


This website is dedicated to those of German ancestry.  Some are recent arrivals, but for the most part, these pages contain information about our ancestors that arrived in America many years ago and settled in Maryland. 
The site is divided into several sections.  The Biography section contains many persons that have paved the way for life as we live today.  Some made very important contributions to Maryland and to the United States.  I am always looking for additional profiles. 
Every story is important.  Whether your ancestors were inventors, manufacturers, brewers or a stay at home Mom, they all contributed.  Their every step paved the way.

Gift from the Archives

October 23
Sour Beef Event 2019

October 24
Sour Beef Event 2019

October 25
Using Map Resources to Locate German Ancestral Villages
WORKSHOP – Friday, October 25, 2019 Using Map Resources to Locate German Ancestral Villages Presented by Bob Greiner   What You Will Learn This hands-on workshop will show you how to use a variety of online resources to locate places in Germany during the 19th century. Applications such as ...

October 26
German Migration in the Mid-Atlantic States
Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Karen Good Cooper Our German immigrants had a certain kind of agriculture that, along with their particular customs and social beliefs, played a very important part in how American economics, local politics and social bonds developed.   Reverend Peter Muhlenberg and the German Element in Virginia ...

December 7
2019 MGS Holiday Luncheon
Guest Speaker – Dr. Kenneth W. Heger presenting: “A World-Traveling Wounded Warrior: The Journeys of Henry Müller”   Finding information about your ancestor’s world travels prior to World War I is difficult but not impossible.  Take the case of Civil War veteran Henry Müller.  Müller joined the army as ...