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MAGS 2020 Virtual Fall Conference
Saturday, October 17 through Sunday, October 18
MAGS 2020 Virtual Fall Conference  (On-line)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
To be broadcast via Zoom
Judy G. Russell
The Legal Genealogist
Judy is well known in the genealogical community and is a frequent speaker at society events. She is a genealogist with a law degree who brings an interesting perspective to genealogical research. You can read her biography on her website.
The MAGS Fall conference will be a virtual event, presented live via Zoom. Registration is required for this event. Registration is for all four lectures, to be presented on two consecutive afternoons. Please visit the MAGS Store to register online. Remember to login to your member account to ensure you receive the member price. Note that only one person of a family membership needs to register for this event.
You can also register by sending a check to the MAGS Registrar at the following address. Please include your name, address, and email.
    Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society
    Attn: Cheyenne Cashin
20650 Hope Spring Terrace, Unit 403
Ashburn VA 20147-2950
The presentations will be recorded, but will only be accessible on our website to those who have registered and paid for the event.
  • Members - $30
  • Non-members - $45
Saturday, October 17, 2020
1:15 pm - “Who in the World was Paul Knop?”
  • Tracing an unknown relative named by 20th century German immigrants. When there’s no birth, marriage or death record, what’s a genealogist to do? Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to build a family.
2:45 pm - “Polls, Personalty and Property – Making Sense of Tax Lists”
  • Somebody had to pay government’s bills, and they did it through the law by imposing taxes on polls, personal property and real property. The records of those taxes offer some of the best clues available to our ancestors, their families and their neighborhoods. Personalty is a legal term for personal, movable property.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
1:15 pm - “Doing Time – Prison Records as Genealogy Resources”
  • The brickwalls of a family tree are no match for prison walls. From intake photo to receipts for cash and clothes when they were released, prisoners in jails and prisons were recorded and documented, often in stunning detail. Learn what records may exist – and where – about your family’s black sheep.
2:45 pm - “Which Johann Christoph is Mine?”
  • When every family in town shares a surname and all the sons are Johann Christoph or Gerhard, and all the daughters are Maria or Margarethe, how do we distinguish among them? What are the tools we can use to figure out which Johann Christoph is mine?