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Saturday, July 13
Using DNA to Trace Family: The Basics  (Workshop)
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton, Laurel, Maryland
Presented by Andrew Hochreiter
Direct to Consumer DNA test kits have introduced an important tool for genealogists and family historians. Genetic Genealogy provides another way to discover family relationships, ancestral lines and geographical origins. This presentation will discuss the types of DNA and their inheritance patterns, what companies and tests are available, how to analyze your DNA results to find family, how to use it in your genealogical research, and what DNA tests tell you about ethnic makeup and ancient origins.
Can I trace my German ancestors origins?
How can I find & sharecommon ancestors?
Is one testing companybetter that another?
What does each have to offer?
Chance to win a free DNA testing kit.
Register online at the MAGS Store.

Friday, October 25
Using Map Resources to Locate German Ancestral Villages  (Workshop)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 65 Priority Drive, Martinsburg, WV 25401
WORKSHOP – Friday, October 25, 2019
Using Map Resources to Locate German Ancestral Villages
Presented by Bob Greiner
What You Will Learn
This hands-on workshop will show you how to use a variety of online resources to locate places in Germany during the 19th century. Applications such as the Meyers Gazetteer and Kartenmeister enable you to search for a village name and identify its location on maps of that era. Nineteenth century online maps enable you to visualize the location relative to the rest of the German Empire at that time. Finally, research resources on the MAGS members-only pages can help you to understand the political and geographical boundaries in existence at a point in history. The results of your search can help you determine where to find other resources, such as church and civil records.
You will have the opportunity to try the applications and learn to use their available options. You will learn how to use maps to distinguish boundaries of the German states to understand the jurisdiction in which your ancestors lived.
The intent of this workshop is to help you become familiar with these online applications by using them in class. It is strongly suggested that each participant bring a laptop or tablet with Internet connectivity.
Who Should Attend
If you have German ancestors, this workshop will help you understand the many jurisdictions that existed before the German unification. Those unfamiliar with these online map applications will gain knowledge of how they work and what you can learn from them.
Register online at the MAGS Store.

Saturday, October 26
German Migration in the Mid-Atlantic States  (Conference)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 65 Priority Drive. Matinsburg, WV 25401
Shenandoah Germanic Heritage
Karen Good Cooper
Our German immigrants had a certain kind of agriculture that, along with their particular customs and social beliefs, played a very important part in how American economics, local politics and social bonds developed.
Reverend Peter Muhlenberg and the German Element in Virginia
Karen Good Cooper
An Anglican Rector and a Lutheran Minister, Reverend Peter Muhlenberg was the right man in the right place to heavily affect the way the German Element in Virginia responded to the American Revolution. Was his famous speech a true account? Does it matter if it wasn’t?
Maryland Germans
Debra A. Hoffman
As occurred in Pennsylvania, Germans made up a significant portion of Maryland's population. Learn about their historical significance and how to overcome some of the challenges in researching these settlers.
They Came, They Served,
They Went Back Home
Dr. Kenneth W. Heger
Learn how to navigate complex records to locate Americans who left the United States to live overseas and their families, many of whom never left the Old World, and Americans traveling to visit family and friends in Germany.  The Global Journeys Project relies on extensive research among records of the Pension Bureau, the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, the Department of State, and reports to Congress.  This presentation will identify the records sources, explain the information the records contain, provide guidance on how to use the records, and point out indexes and datasets to help you find your ancestor.
Register online at the MAGS Store.