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Welcome to the MAGS web site!

The MAGS officers are excited that you have found our website. We are frequently adding information to this site so please come back often. The site also provides us with the ability to manage our membership, communicate with our members, and allows you to find information about and register for events.

What's New ?

12 Jan 2022 A new dataset has been added to our database collection. The records of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cleveland (1853-1911) document the lives of many German immigrants from Osnabrück and other locations in Germany. See a more detailed description on this page.
2 Nov 2021 Registration is now open for the MAGS Spring Conference to be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Click on the event notice on the right of this screen for details. You can register at this link.
4 Oct 2021
Here is the latest news from the
International German Genealogy Partnership
1 Sep 2021 The September 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.
31 Aug 2021 Registration for the MAGS virtual fall conference is now open. This will be a two day event featuring Dr. Michael Lacopo. Please click on this link to see the details. Sign up for the event in the MAGS store.
26 Aug 2021 Board member reports for the previous quarter, including the July 31st board meeting, have been posted in the Documents and Reports section under the Members tab.
24 Aug 2021 An interesting new data file has been added under the MAGS Databases tab. It is a list of missionaries who were trained at the Basel Mission in Switzerland and who came to the United States to serve as pastors. Nearly 300 men have been identified, and detailed information about them can be found in The Archives at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. An article describing the pastors and the sources of the list will appear in the October issue of Der Ahnenforscher, the newsletter of the German Genealogy Group.
11 Jul 2021 Three new research documents have been posted to the members-only website. A new record guide for the American consulate general at Dresden is now available. It can be found under the Members tab, then Documents and Reports, then Consulates - Research Guides. There are also new face sheets for Bavaria and Saxony. They can be found under German States - Fact Sheets.
20 May 2021
Great News!
On May 19th the National Genealogical Society announced that John T Humphrey, former MAGS president, author, and speaker was inducted into the National Genealogy Hall of Fame. John was nominated for the award by our society. The MAGS board and society members should be honored that the NGS accepted our nomination. John was a leading force in MAGS for many years before his untimely death in 2012.
You can read the announcement and details of the award at this link.
14 Apr 2021
The MAGS databases have been redesigned and now appear on a different page. Click on the MAGS Databases tab, then under that tab click on Member database search if you have logged in to the website. Otherwise click on Public database search. The original search mechanism is still there also.
A new database of names of overseas pensioners from the 1899 Pension Bureau report is now included. See a description of this database by clicking on Database descriptions.

Document of the Month

Happy New Year from MAGS
This is a colorful picture, full of imagery showing the arrival of a new year.  Note the old man on the horse, riding off into the night representing the outgoing year.  The artist represented the new year as a young woman in a modern mode of transportation, arriving with the sun behind her back and strewing flowers.  It tells us the new year is full of possibilities.
The German post card is also full of imagery.  Note all the symbols of good luck: four-leafed clovers; a horseshoe; and the pigs, likely a reference to the German idiom Schwein (Pig) haben, meaning to have good fortune.
[Collection of Kenneth W. Heger]

Gift from the Archives

Schloss Favorite is a Baroque maison de plaisance and hunting lodge in LudwigsburgGermany and was used as a summer residence and hunting lodge. It is located on a rise, directly north of Ludwigsburg Palace and connected via an avenue to it.

April 2
MAGS Virtual Spring Conference 2022
Germans in U.S. Government Records with Paula Stuart-Warren, CGâ„ , FMGS, FUGA Program: 10:00 AM (EDT) The U.S. Federal Government: Underutilized Research Resources If you ask a group of genealogists what the U.S. National Archives (NARA) has for genealogical research, the most likely answers will be pension records and census. These ...