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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 ?

13 Feb 2018
Online registration for the Summer 2018 workshop is now available under the MAGS Store -> Event Registration page
13 Feb 2018
The National Genealogical Society Has Moved
FALLS CHURCH, VA, 31 JANUARY 2018—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) moved to a new office in early January 2018. NGS didn’t go far, just five miles from Arlington to Falls Church, Virginia. The new space is smaller but technologically more up-to-date. The staff are still unpacking boxes and making sure the historical files are intact, so please have patience in the coming weeks as they complete all the tasks associated with moving an office.
NGS is on the move in other ways too. It will be tackling another big project in the coming year, upgrading and updating its website. The new website will give members and the genealogical community fresh educational content to help everyone achieve their research goals and build strong and accurate family trees. Look for enhanced functionality, including a more robust search engine, new content, easier navigation, and improved integration.
NGS also has new publications and online courses planned for 2018, as well as research trips, and a blockbuster family history conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 2-5 May 2018. 

Make sure you update your contact lists with NGS’s new mailing address: 6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 810, Falls Church, VA 22042-2318 USA. The telephone numbers remain the same. Tel. 703-525-0050 or 800-473-0060.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Falls Church, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

10 Feb 2018 The latest reports from the board have been posted to the Documents and Reports section under the Members tab. They include minutes of the recent board meeting, membership report, and treasurer's report. You must be logged in to view these.
7 Feb 2018 Two new research guides have been added to the website. One is the guide to using the Kassel Consular Agency records. The other is a fact sheet on the Principality of Waldeck.
31 Jan 2018
Find A Grave Has Changed
Find A Grave is one of the most popular internet sites for cemetery research. Find A Grave has been working on its website for the past year, giving the site a more modern look and feel, and adding a few new features. Ted Bainbridge from the Maryland Genealogical Society has contributed this article to help you navigate the new Find A Grave website.
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.
30 Oct 2017
Do you know what is going on in the genealogy world? Do you want to keep up with the latest news, seminars, and meeting? Visit the Genealogy Calendar

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.
Another view of the rooms that will be renovated at the Baltimore Immigration Museum

February 20
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. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO FEB 20, 2018

February 22
Beer Tasting Event at the German-American Heritage Museum
Enjoy a taste of Germany with different kinds of German beer, including limited seasonal specialties, German sausage, potato salad, and pretzels. Explore the history behind each offered brew, socialize and network with like-minded beer aficionados and connoisseurs while listening to traditional German music. Learn about the long history of ...

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 ...