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Welcome to the MAGS web site!

The MAGS officers are excited to be able to present a new on-line look for our organization. You will find many new features on this site. The site also provides us a better ability to manage our membership and communicate with our members.

What's New

15 Aug 2017
Longtime MAGS member:
Recieved from Edythe Millar's daughter Betty Millar. "I am very sad to tell you that my Mom passed away on July 17th.  She loved being a member of MAGS and all the friends she made over the years."
Edythe Millar, 92, of Caroline County, VA.  She was born February 26, 1925 at her home in Pittsburgh, PA and grew up in Bethel Park, PA. 
Edythe was employed by the National Weather Service as a meteorologist.
She was predeceased by her husband, Glenn F. Millar, Sr.;  son, G. Frederick Millar, Jr.;  parents  Elmer and Olive Hoff; brothers, Elmer Hoff, Jr. and Donald Hoff. 
Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth (Betty) Millar; grandchildren, Jessica and David Millar; sister, Jeanne Dingel; five nieces and one nephew.

15 Aug 2017 New databases! We now have three new databases online and a fourth updated. Consular despatches, consular instructions, and unpublished pension appeals have been added. Consular estates has been updated with names from death certificates at Bremen and from Galveston flood relief lists at Frankfurt. Search for your family names on our database page.
8 Aug 2017 You can now register for the fall conference and workshop online and pay using your credit card or PayPal account. Under the MAGS Store tab click on Event Registration.
18 Jul 2017 Minutes, membership, and treasurer reports from the 8 July board meeting are now available in the members-only tab under Documents and Reports.
2 Jun 2017 The June 2017 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members tab on the website.
27 May 2017
Sanborn online at LOC
A gift from Sanborn and the Library of Congress
The genealogical community got the first installment of what’s going to be a fabulous gift for research when the Library of Congress announced yesterday that nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance maps have gone online and can be accessed free.
The News from the Library of Congress published yesterday tells us that what’s online now is only the first part of what will ultimately be a collection of some 500,000 maps:
The online collection now features maps published prior to 1900. The states available include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Alaska is also online, with maps published through the early 1960s. By 2020, all the states will be online, showing maps from the late 1880s through the early 1960s.
(thank you to Judy G Russell  The Legal Genealogist) for this notice.
18 Apr 2017 Eighteen new documents describing several American consulates in Baden, Germany have been added to our members-only website. These guides give you detailed information about the types of records available at each consulate and genealogical information contained in despatches from the consulate. You can find them and others under the Members tab, then Documents and Reports. The documents are under Consulates - Research Guides and Consulates - Despatches.
6 Apr 2017 adds new data bases:
31 Mar 2017 A new sidebar button Historical Images contains links to both our Image Library and Image Gallery. Several images relevant to the article about the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt in the latest issue of Der Kurier have been published to the gallery. Try out the new link above, or jump directly to the new images. The image gallery will open in a new tab of your browser.
11 Feb 2017 Three new documents have been added to the Research Guides page. There are new descriptions of Hesse-Darmstadt and Mainz consulate despatches. The first of a series of consulate record guides is now available for Mainz.
7 Dec 2016 Instructions on how to create umlauts has been added to members only area of the website under German Research -> Language. Also in this section there is now a link to a German script tutorial done by Brigham Young University. New in German Research -> Other Sources -> Bibliography are two additional books of interest for German and Polish research.

Gift from the Archives

MAGS will periodically display images of interest, including postcards, letterhead, and other historical documents discovered at the National Archives and other locations. Check back frequently to see what's new. In addition, members have access to an image gallery and library of images to browse.
Mainz is the capital and largest city of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate Germany. In antiquity Mainz was a Roman fort city which commanded the west bank of the Rhine and formed part of the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire; it was founded as a military post by the Romans in the late 1st century BC and became the provincial capital of Germania Superior. The city is famous as the home of the invention of the movable-type printing press as the first books printed using movable type were manufactured in Mainz by Gutenberg in the early 1450s.

August 30
Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference
Mark your calendars and look for further information as it becomes available. This national conference will have the best speakers in the field giving you their tips and methods to improve your research. The exhibit hall will have the latest in products, software, and books. Come and spend time with ...

September 16
Maryland Genealogical Society Fall Seminar
Four Presentations by Judy G. Russell, "The Legal Genealogist" The Legal Genealogist is coming to town! Prepare for a full day of learning about critical sources and important strategies for tackling your most challenging ancestors. Judy is a nationally known presenter, blogger (, and coordinator of the Advanced Genealogical ...

October 13
MAGS Fall Workshop
USING THE MAGS WEBSITE TO START YOUR RESEARCH AT HOME: BADEN, ALSACE-LORRAINE,THE BAVARIAN PALATINATE & HESSE-DARMSTADT Dr. Kenneth Heger Workshop Focus This workshop will introduce you to using the MAGS website to begin your research into southwestern Germany, focusing on Baden, Alsace-Lorraine, the Bavarian Palatinate, and southern Hesse-Darmstadt.  There ...

October 14
MAGS Fall Conference
Early German Migrations Pioneers & Colonists: Historical Background of Germans in Eastern Europe James M. Beidler Millions of German-speaking people never spent a day in today’s countries of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. For centuries, German-speaking enclaves existed in Eastern Europe. Thus presentation introduces and gives historical background about these “Germans ...

October 21
Ohio Chapter Palatines to America Fall Seminar Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 9:00 A.M. to  3:15 P.M.  -  Option for research at the library until 6:00 P.M. RESEARCHING IN OHIO: GERMAN GENEALOGY METHODS AND SOURCES      Morning Session 9:30 A.M. - Tim Anderson - ...