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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 ?

3 Sep 2018



Complete Archive of Ellis Island Records—Now Online for Free 

August 13, 2018 By FamilySearch

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are famous landmarks in U.S. history. The Statue of Liberty, located on Liberty Island, is a symbol of freedom. Ellis Island opened the gates to millions as the home of the Ellis Island Immigration Station—and millions of passenger arrival records for U.S. immigrants came with it. Now, a complete collection of Ellis Island passenger lists is available online and searchable for free at FamilySearch.

28 Aug 2018 The September 2018 issue of Der Kurier is now available online to members. Once you login, select the Members tab and then Recent Der Kurier Issues under that heading.
8 Aug 2018 Five new or updated databases have been added recently. They are located on a separate page from the other databases while we wait for an upgrade to our hosting platform. You can read their descriptions and access them from the main database page or from here.
8 Aug 2018 Two new research guides have been added to the website. One is the guide to using the Stuttgart Consular records. The other is a fact sheet on the state of Württemberg. In addition, there are about 70 new post card images for Württemberg in the Image Gallery.
3 Aug 2018 The MAGS Ahnentafel book that was published in 2001 is now available online for members only. The PDF file is fully searchable. After you login, please click on the Surname Research box in the left margin, then MAGS Ahnentafel Book under that topic.
3 Aug 2018 Reports from the recent MAGS board meeting have been posted to the Members page under Documents and Reports.
3 May 2018 Online registration for the MAGS Fall conference and workshop in Lancaster, PA is now open. Please visit this page to register.
24 Apr 2018
MAGS Fall 2018 Conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Members may obtain a special rate at the Doubletree at the following site:.
6 Mar 2018
2019 International Germanic Genealogy Conference
Sacramento, CA
Minneapolis was a great success. Please join us in California!
13 Feb 2018
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference
Watch the video review of the Minneapolis Conference

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.


Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volksfest
Held annually in Munich, Bavaria,Germany, it is a 16- to 18-dayfolk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds, Theresa's meadows (Theresienwiese). The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modeled after the original Munich event.
The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place in the 16-day period leading up to the first Sunday in October. In 1994, this longstanding schedule was modified in response to German reunification. As such, if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or the 2nd, then the festival would run until 3 October (German Unity Day)Thus, the festival now runs for 17 days when the first Sunday is 2 October and 18 days when it is 1 October. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October (4 October), to mark the event's bicentennial.

April 27
MAGS Spring Conference
Morning Program Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG   He Took Her Name: Understanding German Farm Names In certain geographic areas of Germany, the custom of German farm names has been in existence since about 1000 A.D. In this custom, a farm carried the surname and anyone who inherited that farm assumed that name as his ...