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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

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 Consular despatches, consular instructions, and unpublished pension appeals have been added.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.
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.
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.

Member Honored for Service

Judy Dohner was recently honored for her many years of service as MAGS  Bookstore Manager

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.
It's Oktoberfest Time !

October 13
MAGS Fall Workshop
  This workshop is now at full capacity. Registration is closed. There still is room for the Saturday conference.     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 ...

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 - ...