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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 ?

24 May 2020
Happy Memorial Day to everyone!
Please note that is providing their services free until July 31, 2020 at many libraries.
You must have an account with the individual library.  Fairfax County, Anne Arundel Count, and Howard County libraries are participating. Many more are probably included, Check with YOUR local library to see if it is available  from home.  Fold 3 may also be available from home
14 May 2020
National Genealogical Society 
Providing Free Access to
NGS Monthly Archives Through 
31 July

During this time when so many Americans must stay at home, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) is offering non-members free access to five years of NGS Monthly. Starting immediately through 31 July 2020, everyone interested in family history can read insightful articles in our digital publication archive.
Edited and authored by Aaron Goodwin, an award-winning genealogist, NGS Monthly’s articles help researchers of all levels. The articles offer family historians invaluable insights on methodology and digestible recommendations on genealogical research by considering the techniques of skilled researchers and scholars, and how they solved difficult research problems. Topics often examine valuable lessons in case studies published in the scholarly NGS Quarterly to help readers understand how to apply new concepts to their own work.

The October 2019 issue’s “Land Evidences and Geographic Clues: Mapping As a Research Tool,” was especially popular among members. Goodwin examined an NGS Quarterly article by Rachal Mills Lennon[1]. Lennon’s article showcased how she used mapping activities and associations of eighteenth-century Solomon Harper, whose name appeared in multiple locations in South Carolina, to determine if he was one and the same man.
In the February 2020 issue of NGS Monthly, “The Creation of Leap Year and Its Effects on Genealogy” gave a nod to the leap year and used the opportunity to review how calendars have changed over the centuries. These changes are of critical importance to family history researchers. Goodwin explained the difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and noted that though the Gregorian calendar was commissioned in 1582, some areas of Europe did not begin using it until the eighteenth century.
These articles from Goodwin and many more, as well as dozens from former editors Laura DeGrazia and Melissa Johnson in the NGS Monthly archives, can provide genealogists and family historians hours of fascinating reading and will help them advance their skills as they continue to build their family tree. This free opportunity is available now until 31 July 2020.
You can also access the NGS Monthly archives by going to: > Learning Center > NGS Monthly >Archives.
We wish you all the best during these challenging times.
Stay well!

8 Mar 2020 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.
10 Feb 2020 Reports from the February board meeting have been posted in the Documents and Reports section under the Members tab.
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on genealogical topics from using court records to DNA testing. 
A Colorado native of Scots-Irish and German descent, Judy is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and many regional societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society Magazine, and is on the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and Boston University's Center for Professional Education. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. .
14 Dec 2019 A new record guide for the American consulate at Nürnberg 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 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





June 17
Palatines to America National Conference
Wednesday, June 17, Key Essentials of German Genealogy Thursday, June 18, Tour of Over-the-Rhine District Friday, June 19, Sessions with Daniel Jones: Record Types & Resources, Using Non-parish Registers, Swiss Research, & Using Geography in Research Saturday, June 20, Sessions with Dr. Michael D. Lacopo: German Immigrant Experience in 18th ...