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Der Kurier

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Our newsletter - Der Kurier - is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December. It is indexed in the Periodical Source Index by the Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, Indiana .This publication was honored by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) as one of the winners in the society’s 2014 Excellence-in-Writing Competition. Der Kurier was awarded 2nd place in Category 3 – Genealogy Newsletters.
Members can access a digital version of the current issue and issues from the past five years on the Members page of the website. Older issues beginning in 1982 are available for everyone on the Public Documents tab.
Synopsis of articles in current issue
  • Emigration Procedures from Bremen, Germany—1896, Bob Greiner
What was the experience like for our ancestors as they prepared to leave their home country for a new life in the United States? In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many Germans and other Europeans departed by ship from Bremen and Hamburg, Germany. In this article, the author describes official correspondence he discovered in the records of the United States consulate in Bremen that documents how immigrants were processed by consulate personnel. While trying to justify his rationale for charging the North German Lloyd shipping company for his services, consul George Keenan sent the State Department a detailed description of how the immigrants were examined to ensure they met the requirements for immigration to the United States. Additional consulate records supplement Keenan's description. Many of those consulate records are now available online at the National Archives website.
  • Saxony, Part III: A Final Look at Saxony,Kenneth W. Heger, Ph.D.
This is the final article in a three-part series introducing readers to the records the American Department of State created at its consulates in the Kingdom of Saxony.  It provides an overview of the locations of American consulates in the Saxony, the volume of records each consulate contains, and the dates the records cover.  It also talks about a final, significant source of information you should add to your research plan: consular correspondence.
  • DNA Group Projects Can Benefit German Family Research, Andrew Hochreiter
Understanding DNA results can be difficult. Besides different types of DNA that can be tested, the results produce different reports to interpret, match relationships to verify, and ethnicities to comprehend. All of this can be baffling. Fortunately, there are places to turn for guidance. Testing sites have excellent tutorials to guide one’s understanding of DNA to trace family history. But valuable assistance can come from the interaction with other test takers who share common interests, especially when a group is led by a knowledgeable person. The good news is that there are groups like this that already exist at Family Tree DNA.
  • Fraktur, Kurrentschrift, und Sütterlin: A Primer, Ken Weaver
Columnist Ken Weaver gives readers an overview of the history and uses of the different types of German scripts we all come across when doing research using German documents.  From the development of Fraktur in the 12th century and later the more cursive Kurrentschrift to the creation of the Sütterlin writing style in the early 1900s, readers will come away with a good grasp of the history and basic characteristics of each script.
Synopsis of articles in recent issues
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Submissions to Der Kurier - Articles concerning Germanic genealogy and heritage in the Mid-Atlantic region are welcome, as are "Letters to the Editor." Research articles should document conclusions with appropriate citation of primary sources.
MAGS reserves the right to edit submissions for length and style. Any material published becomes the property of MAGS. Please observe the following deadlines for submission to the newsletter.
Issue Deadline
March 1 January
June 1 April
September 1 July
December 1 October
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