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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

18 Apr 2017 Eighteen new documents describing several American consulates in Baden, Germany have been added to our members-only website. These guides give you detailed information about the types of records available at each consulate and genealogical information contained in despatches from the consulate. You can find them and others under the Members tab, then Documents and Reports. The documents are under Consulates - Research Guides and Consulates - Despatches.
6 Apr 2017 adds new data bases:
1 Apr 2017

MAGS will hold a mid-summer workshop on 17 June entitled Understanding German Church Records led by Bob Greiner. Click on the MAGS Events tab for more information.

31 Mar 2017 A new sidebar button Historical Images contains links to both our Image Library and Image Gallery. Several images relevant to the article about the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt in the latest issue of Der Kurier have been published to the gallery. Try out the new link above, or jump directly to the new images. The image gallery will open in a new tab of your browser.
26 Feb 2017 The March 2017 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members tab on the website.
13 Feb 2017 Membership, treasurer, and board meeting reports have been added to the Documents and Reports link under the Members tab.
11 Feb 2017 Three new documents have been added to the Research Guides page. There are new descriptions of Hesse-Darmstadt and Mainz consulate despatches. The first of a series of consulate record guides is now available for Mainz.
2 April 2017 MAGS Board Member, Debra Hoffman will present a lecture at the Baltimore County Genealogical Society on Saturday April 29, 2017. The subject is Baltimore: The Golden Door for Immigrants. Go to MAGS Events/other events for more information
7 Dec 2016 Instructions on how to create umlauts has been added to members only area of the website under German Research -> Language. Also in this section there is now a link to a German script tutorial done by Brigham Young University. New in German Research -> Other Sources -> Bibliography are two additional books of interest for German and Polish research.

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.

April 29
Baltimore County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar
  T O P I C S Baltimore: The Golden Door for Immigrants by Debra Hoffman Baltimore was a major entry point for immigrants to America. Learn about its history and the sources available to document individuals who arrived through this port.   The Dead and the Dying: Cemeteries, ...

May 6
Washington DC FHC 11th Annual Conference
 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: James Sweaney, Assistant Chief, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Library of Congress Topic: Genealogical Treasures at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress has one of the world's premier collections of U.S. and foreign genealogical and local historical publications. This presentation will present an overview of ...

May 10
2017 National Genealogical Society Conference
Among the topics being considered by NGS for its 2017 conference are presentations on North Carolina history, including available records, and repositories; land grants, and other land records; court system and laws; ethnic and religious groups; military, farming, and other occupations; neighboring states; and migration to, from, and within ...

May 10
What is DNA ?
What is DNA? What types of DNA are used for genealogy? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How do I know what test to take? Well, I got my results, now what? If you have asked yourself these questions then this presentation is for you. If the highly technical ...

June 3
Maryland Genealogical Society Basics+ Workshop
Reward and Remembrance: Post-Military Service Records It's often after military service that the most genealogically valuable records are created — those that award benefits to a soldier and family or honor his or her memory and sacrifice. Hear our expert panel discuss records that offer family gold and human ...