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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
  • Did Your Ancestor Serve in the Civil War? Don’t Forget the 1890 Special Census, Dr. Kenneth W. Heger, Ph.D.
There is plenty of excitement in the genealogy community recently with the public release of the 1950 census. But there are things to learn and get excited about with censuses from other years as well.  Dr. Kenneth Heger introduces us to The Special Census for Union Veterans and Their Widows from 1890 (which also included many Confederate veterans).
  • Finding Germans in Institutions, Debra A. Hoffman, PLCGS
Debra A. Hoffman, PLCGS, introduces us to a couple examples of enumerations of Germans in different types of institutions, and shows how to use the MAGS website and databases to access indexes of one of the institutions in particular.
  • Friedrich Armin Ausfeld—Pastor, Calligrapher, and Family Historian, Bob Greiner
A chance find while doing unrelated research led Greiner to a pastor who wrote a full “life account” (Lebensnachrichten) of people in his parish who died.  Greiner shows how this type of record can be used to fill out the details of the lives of the deceased as well as their parents and descendants.
  • Autosomal DNA: Understanding the Results—A Popular and Valuable DNA Test for Family Research, Andrew Hochreiter
When deciding to take a DNA test, your first questions will include “What type of DNA?” and “Which test company do I choose?” As discussed in previous articles, there are different tests for various types of DNA. The choices include Y-Chromosome DNA (Y DNA), mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), X-Chromosome DNA (X DNA), and autosomal DNA (atDNA). The most widespread test of all is the autosomal DNA test. Not to mislead, the X Chromosome is included in the autosomal test and does not require separating testing, although test companies handle reporting differently.
  • From German to English and Back, Ken Weaver
Weaver recently completed a webinar for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, the topic of which related to the connections between German and English.  In this article he discusses many of the items that he presented, since an understanding of the connection between the two languages can assist genealogists in their quest to deal with the records and documents they find.
Synopsis of articles in recent issues
For a list of article titles and authors in recent issues of Der Kurier, see this page
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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Sean Kessler
400 S. Manoa Rd.
Havertown, PA 19083

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