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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

27 May 2016
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
Ancestry.com adds new data bases:
1 Apr 2017

MAGS will hold a mid-summer workshop on 17 June entitled Understanding German Church Records led by Bob Greiner. Click on the MAGS Events tab for more information.

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.
26 Feb 2017 The March 2017 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members tab on the website.
13 Feb 2017 Membership, treasurer, and board meeting reports have been added to the Documents and Reports link under the Members tab.
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. Until the twentieth century,


June 3
Maryland Genealogical Society Basics+ Workshop
Reward and Remembrance: Post-Military Service Records It's often after military service that the most genealogically valuable records are created — those that award benefits to a soldier and family or honor his or her memory and sacrifice. Hear our expert panel discuss records that offer family gold and human ...

June 12
Comparing Major Genealogy Software Programs
  Fairfax Genealogical Society Methodology Special Interest Group Sharon Cook MacInnes will compare the major genealogy software programs for how user-friendly they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and what the future holds. 

June 17
Understanding German Church Records
Church records are a unique and potentially valuable resource for family historians. This workshop will introduce you to the kinds of records churches may have kept and give you tips on how to navigate the records. Instructor Bob Greiner will look at records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths. He will ...

July 28
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference
. Registration for the conference is now open. Download the brochure below to see the schedule, a list of speakers, and the registration form. Registration can be done online.   The conference hotel has already been filled. Please read this announcement for information about alternative hotels. Click here for the ...

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 ...