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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 ?

16 Jan 2019

119th German Festival
S A V E   T H E   D A T E 
July 13th and 14th 2019
at the Timonium Fairgrounds
Food and fun for the whole family
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11 Dec 2018 The December issue of Der Kurier has been posted on our website. Once you login, select the Members tab and then Recent Der Kurier Issues under that heading.
15 Nov 2018


This website is dedicated to those of German ancestry.  Some are recent arrivals, but for the most part, these pages contain information about our ancestors that arrived in America many years ago and settled in Maryland. 
The site is divided into several sections.  The Biography section contains many persons that have paved the way for life as we live today.  Some made very important contributions to Maryland and to the United States.  I am always looking for additional profiles. 
Every story is important.  Whether your ancestors were inventors, manufacturers, brewers or a stay at home Mom, they all contributed.  Their every step paved the way.
26 Oct 2018 Online registration for the MAGS Spring 2019 workshop and conference is now available on the MAGS Store page.
8 Aug 2018 Five new or updated databases have been added recently. They are located on a separate page from the other databases while we wait for an upgrade to our hosting platform. You can read their descriptions and access them from the main database page or from here.
8 Aug 2018 Two new research guides have been added to the website. One is the guide to using the Stuttgart Consular records. The other is a fact sheet on the state of Württemberg. In addition, there are about 70 new post card images for Württemberg in the Image Gallery.
3 Aug 2018 The MAGS Ahnentafel book that was published in 2001 is now available online for members only. The PDF file is fully searchable. After you login, please click on the Surname Research box in the left margin, then MAGS Ahnentafel Book under that topic.
6 Mar 2018
2019 International Germanic Genealogy Conference
Sacramento, CA
Minneapolis was a great success. Please join us in California!

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 27
MAGS Spring Conference
Morning Program Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG   He Took Her Name: Understanding German Farm Names In certain geographic areas of Germany, the custom of German farm names has been in existence since about 1000 A.D. In this custom, a farm carried the surname and anyone who inherited that farm assumed that name as his ...

July 13
SAVE THE DATES     Food and fun for the whole family. for more information: