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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

30 Oct 2017
Do you know what is going on in the genealogy world? Do you want to keep up with the latest news, seminars, and meeting? Visit
29 Oct 2017
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation
Martin Luther was born to Hans Luder (or Ludher, later Luther) and his wife Margarethe (née Lindemann) on 10 November 1483 in Eisleben, Saxony, then part of the Holy Roman Empire. He was baptized the next morning on the feast day of St. Martin of Tours. His family moved to Mansfeld in 1484.
15 Oct 2017 The latest reports from the board have been posted to the Documents and Reports section under the Members tab. You must be logged in to view these.
5 Sep 2017 The September 2017 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members tab of the website.
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 Consular despatches, consular instructions, and unpublished pension appeals have been added.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.
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.

Posthumously Honored for Service

MAGS was honored to present the late Corinne Earnest's husband and daughter a plaque to commemorate her many years of service to MAGS. The presentation was made at our meeting in York, PA on October 14, 2017. Our newsletter editor, Jim Beidler, who was a friend of Corinne, joined the celebration.

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.
500th Anniversary of the Lutheran

November 18
Researching Your U.S. Army World War I Ancestors
Lecture Description: Learn about the events in a U.S. Army WWI Soldier's Military life, and use archives, online resources and social networking to support your research into the soldier's service during the War. This class will show you how you can learn about the military service of your U.S. WWI ...

November 20
The Great War (1914-1918) in German History
Our November meeting will meet on 20 November and is a dual presentation. With the 100th anniversary of WWI, Bob Dunfield will discuss how the War brought an end for a time being of German -Americans of being proud to be German. This will include actions Germany took against the States, ...

April 13
Research Using Government Publications
WORKSHOP – Friday, April 13, 2018   Did you know that the National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution published its annual reports in the Congressional Serial Set through the 1960s?  Think of the information those reports might hold for family historians.  Government documents are an underused, ...

April 14
Some Other Approaches to your German Research
Morning Program Michael Lacopo, D.V.M.   Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-evaluating the "Evidence" When information passed on from researcher to researcher doesn't "add up", it's time to tear down the walls and rebuild anew. This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested. This lecture ...