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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.

MAGS 2020 Spring Workshop
Friday, April 24, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Using DNA Tools at AncestryDNA to Exploit
Genetic Test Results in Family Research
Presented by Andy Hochreiter
Andrew Hochreiter is a genetic genealogist who manages multiple DNA surname projects and successfully applied DNA to trace related family branches overseas.  He instructs genetic genealogy classes at Howard Community College and Anne Arundel Community College, as well as the on-line Genealogical Research Course at Boston University.  He leads Beginning DNA Special Interest Groups at the Family History Centers in Columbia and Washington, DC and authors the DNA column for the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society quarterly journal Der Kurier.  Mr. Hochreiter presents DNA topics to genealogical organizations and workshops in the MD/PA/DC area.  He was featured in November 2017 on Bavarian TV for his genealogical work tracing German relatives using DNA.
MAGS 2020 Spring Conference
Saturday, April 25, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
German Family Research
Presented by Dr. Roger P. Minert
With a doctoral degree in German language history, Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G. is a well known and respected author, speaker, and researcher in the genealogy community. He is a professor emeritus at Brigham Young University and directs the research program “German Immigrants in American Church Records”. Dr. Minert has more than 150 publications and has spoken at family history conferences since 1991. His most recent books are on German census records and residential registration.
See the Events Page for more information and the MAGS Store to register online.

What's New ?

10 Feb 2020 Reports from the February board meeting have been posted in the Documents and Reports section under the Members tab.
29 Jan 2020
Mags 2020 Spring Conference
Hotel Rates
We  have some great discounts running with Hilton Honors, AARP, AAA, and also Senior Rates.  You can call the hotel directly at 301-776-5300 or visit us on the web at
13 Jan 2020 Online event registration for the MAGS spring conference and workshop is now open MAGS Store Event Registration page. Make sure you login as a member before checking out so you receive the member price.
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. .
16 Dec 2019
USCIS Outrageous Fee Increase
December 9, 2019
You have all likely seen some mention of an outrageous proposed fee increase by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).  Essentially what they are proposing for fees are:  raising the search fee 269% from $65 to $240 and the cost of the actual file 481% from $65 to $385.
If you had relatives who immigrated to the United States in the 20th century, USCIS is the place to order the above records.
Please read the proposal.
Please write to your Senator or House Representative to voice your opposition.
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.
5 Dec 2019 The December 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.
22 Nov 2019 It has been noted that the Kartenmeister website is back online. Kartenmeister is a database of village names in former German areas of Poland, Russia, and Lithuania.
18 Nov 2019
 SAVE     T H E     D A T E  !
Friday, April 24, 2020
MAGS Spring Workshop DNA Tests
               Instructor: Andy Hochreiter
Andy has over 25 years experience in genealogy and 10 years specifically in genetic genealogy. He is an adjunct faculty instructor for Genetic Genealogy courses at Howard Community College, Columbia, MD. He is a retired U.S. Army officer experienced with military records at NARA.
See the attached brochure for more information.
11 Nov 2019
S A V E     T H E     D A T E  !
Saturday, April 25, 2020
MAGS Spring Conference
featuring  Dr Roger Minert

Born in Nebraska, he has also lived in Utah, California, and Ohio and has spent three years in Germany and one year in Austria. He earned a B.A. in German at BYU, a M.A. in German literature, and a Ph.D. in German language history and second language acquisition at Ohio State University. The author of more than seventy books and articles on German family history research
A few quotes from Dr Minert's students at BYU: 
"Dr. Minert was an amazing teacher. . Dr. Minert is truly the BEST professor I've ever had. I learned so much from that class! He is extremely knowledgeable and really cares about his students. He gave us all so much of his work for free because he really cares about the work. Love him!"
"He LOVES family history, so at least you always have his enthusiasm."
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.
15 Jul 2019 A PDF version of Andy Hochreiter's three presentations at the recent MAGS workshop have been placed on the members only page. Please click here to see them.

Gift from the Archives





April 24
MAGS 2020 Spring Workshop
Using DNA Tools at AncestryDNA to Exploit Genetic Test Results in Family Research Presented by Andy Hochreiter   What You Will Learn   This workshop will be a hands-on experience to become familiar with the tools at AncestryDNA to analyze and use DNA test results. AncestryDNA offers many benefits including ...

April 25
MAGS 2020 Spring Conference
German Family Research Presented by Dr. Roger P. Minert   Status in German Society 1500 to 1800: Where Did Your Ancestors Fit In? Thanks to a great extent to the very well-developed and rather inflexible feudal system in Germanic territories in Europe, our ancestors were quite stable in their social and ...

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 ...