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MAGS Databases

MAGS maintains several databases that contain a wide variety of information obtained from various sources. Much of the data was obtained from records at the National Archives II facility in College Park, Maryland. These records generally pertain either to United States citizens abroad in Germany, or to German citizens that immigrated to the states. There are also more than 50 years of pastoral records from a German Lutheran Church in New York City that contain names of many German immigrants. Several of our members have painstakingly transcribed individual names and other details from these records and organized them into searchable databases. You can either search for names across all the databases at once, or more specifically one database at a time. 
 
The details of the New York church records are available to anybody who visits our web site. You must specifically search one of the Geissenhainer church record databases. To see details beyond just names for the remaining sources, you must be logged in as a member. This is one of the priveleges of MAGS membership. We expect that some of these databases will continue to grow, and others to be added in the future.
 
To learn more about each of the databases, click on the links below.
 
Database
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Brief description
Bremen emigration This database is a compilation of emigration certificates issued by the United States Consul in Bremen, Germany between December 1833 and August 1836. The majority of these people lived within a small area of Mittelfranken, Bavaria. The source is NARA Record Group 84, Records of US Foreign Service Posts: Records of the US Consulate at Bremen.
Consular estates This database is a compilation of case files from several United States consulates in Germany. These foreign service posts maintained individual files for deceased United States citizens whose estate settlements required interaction with German citizens or officials. The period covered is roughly from 1890 to 1910. The files are all from NARA Record Group 84, Records of US Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State.
Consular fees The Department of State asked each consulate to report on the fees it charged individuals and companies for services on a quarterly basis. This database transcribes information from the Quarterly Statements of Fees at several consulates. We expect to add data from additional consulates in the future. The period covered by these files is 1854 - 1859. The reports are from NARA Record Group 59, General Records of the Department of State.
Consular marriages and marriage contracts This database is a compilation of marriage contracts (and some marriages) issued by the United States Consul in several German cities in the mid 1800s.  These were prepared for people who were about to immigrate to the United States. The source is NARA Record Group 84, Records of US Foreign Service Posts: Records of the US Consulate at various locations.
Overseas military pensions The pension database is an index of records of the Secretary of the Interior from the period 1881-1907 regarding military veterans residing outside of the United States. The records contain correspondences regarding the veteran's application for pension. This data was extracted from Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, NARA Record Group 48.
Philadelphia naturalizations This database is an index of federal naturalization records from the Federal Courts in Eastern Pennsylvania from 1798 to 1833. Most of the individuals listed in these records were from England, Ireland, or France; but at least 109 were from Germanic Europe and are contained in this database. This data was extracted from Record Group 21 microfilm series M1522 held at the National Archives at Washington, DC.
Wiesbaden consular services The American Consular Agency at Wiesbaden performed a variety of services for American citizens and companies. The Department of State established guidelines for consulates to follow and prescribed specific volumes that the consular staff was to use to record their actions and the fees they collected. This database is a transcription of the financial records of the American Consular Agency at Wiesbaden, Germany from February 1901 to February 1917. The fee books are found in NARA Group 84, Records of Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State.
Published pension appeals
Published Decisions of the Bureau of Pension Appeals, 1886 - 1930; Decisions of the Department of the Interior in Appealed Pension and Bounty-Land Claims. People could appeal the Pension Bureau’s decisions to drop them from the pension rolls, ask for an increase in their pension, request the Bureau reconsider its denial of a pension claim, or file a claim against a spouse for all or part of a pension.  The resulting process could be complex.  To make its work more transparent and easier to understand, the Pension Bureau published its decisions in thousands of cases between 1886 and 1930; the resulting government publication consists of twenty-two volumes. 
Geissenhainer baptisms The Rev. Frederick W. Geissenhainer Jr. was the assistant pastor of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in New York City from 1827 – 1840. At the end of his ministry with St. Matthew’s, Rev. Geissenhainer transcribed the pastoral events that he presided over from the church books into two new ledgers. In 1841 he was called to be the pastor of the United German Evangelical Lutheran Church (later St. Paul’s) and remained there until his death in 1879. He maintained St. Paul’s records in three additional volumes. The baptism records begin in 1827 and continue until 1879. These records have been completely transcribed.
Geissenhainer confirmations Rev. Geissenhainer recorded the names of confirmands from 1828 until 1860. These records have been completely transcribed.
Geissenhainer marriages Marriages performed by Rev. Geissenhainer began in 1827 and end in 1870. These records have been completely transcribed.