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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 ?

10 May 2018
There is still space remaining in the MAGS Summer 2018 workshop. Register online on the MAGS Store -> Event Registration page.
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:.
17 Apr 2018 Handouts from Michael Lacopo's presentations at the recent MAGS conference have been posted to our site. They are under the Members tab, Documents and Reports, Meeting Handouts. They will only remain for a month.
14 Mar 2018 The March issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members section of the website under Recent Der Kurier Issues.
6 Mar 2018
2019 International Germanic Genealogy Conference
Sacremento, 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
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.

Baltimore Immigration: 150th Anniversary of the Historic Partnership of the B&O Railroad & the North German Lloyd Steamship Companies

Saturday, March 24


The B&O Railroad Museum and Baltimore Immigration Museum are partnering to commemorate an historic moment in American history. From 1850 - 1868 all immigrants to Baltimore City would land at a variety of locations. In 1867, President John Work Garrett of the B&O and Albert Schumacher of the North German Lloyd Company signed an agreement. The B&O would build an exclusive immigration pier in Locust Point, while Lloyd would send at least one steamship per month loaded with immigrants. The first ship, SS Baltimore, arrived at this new pier on March 23, 1868. A large parade was held on Broadway in Fells Point to commemorate this occasion. From that day until World War I, Baltimore welcomed more than 1.2 million immigrants at Piers 8 & 9 in Locust Point, as a result of this partnership. Join us this day to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this historic event. Your ticket includes a formal ceremony, an unveiling of a new commemorative panel, a luncheon, and two speakers at the B&O Railroad Museum. The program concludes with an open house at the Baltimore Immigration Museum.

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 150th Anniversary of the first German Immigration ship to arrive at Locust Point, Maryland.
The plaque will be placed at the B & O Museum.

June 9
Working with Germany-based Websites
Working with Germany-based Websites: and   James M. Beidler has been the editor of Der Kurier, the MAGS quarterly journal, since 2004   Two hours of the workshop will be spent going through everything from signing up for a account to most effective searches of the site’s component ...

October 12
Analyzing Documents : A Hands-on Workshop
  Angela Packer McGhie, CG Are you getting the most information out of the genealogical documents you locate? Do you consider how reliable they may be and compare the information to other documents? Do you search for clues in each record? Taking the time to analyze documents for reliability, ...

October 13
Mid-Atlantic History & Resources
History of Baltimore Immigration Presented by Nicholas Fessenden European and particularly German immigrants arrived in Maryland and Pennsylvania and had a significant impact on Baltimore’s history. Find out what happened to these immigrants, trace their footsteps, and their influence on Maryland’s largest city.   Sister Ports: Philadelphia & Baltimore ...