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Welcome to the new 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.

Save the Date 2016
Dates and places have been set for both the Spring and Fall 2016 workshops and conferences.
Spring -- April 8 and 9 in Laurel, Maryland
Fall -- October 21 and 22 in York. Pennsylvania

What's New

5 Feb 2016
Update on Family Tree Maker software
See this link for more information.
3 Feb 2016 The most recent board reports have been uploaded to the Members page at Documents and Reports.
27 Jan 2016 Go to "Events" to see the Spring 2016 Conference and Workshop Flyer (Download your own copy)
22 Jan 2016 A new Quick Fact Sheet was added for the Principality of Schwarzburg-Sonderhausen.   
 4 Jan 2016 More information about alternatives to Family Tree Maker
Please visit the Fairfax Genealogical Society web page and look for Randy Seaver's blog
8 Dec 2015 decides to retire Family Tree Maker
Unfortunately will eliminate Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015. They will however continue to support the product until January 1, 2017. Read their blog post to learn more about it.
28 Nov 2015
The December 2015 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members page.
A new Quick Fact Sheet was added for the Principality of Schaumburg-Lippe.
16 Nov 2015 Added three new Quick Fact Sheets in the Documents and Reports section under the Members page.
9 Nov 2015
10 new postcards were added to the Image Library.  
A new Quick Fact Sheet was added for the Mecklenburgs.
6 Nov 2015
New database records added
The final set of records for the Geissenhainer baptisms were added to the MAGS database. The database now includes all baptisms from 1827 through 1879.

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 MAGS will periodically display images of interest, including postcards, letterhead, and other historical documents discovered at the National Archives and other locations.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 will have access to a photo gallery and library of images to browse.

This is the Ferry House in the St. Pauli quarter of Hamburg, Germany. This particular building (there was an earlier one) was built around 1895, severely damaged during World War II, and torn down in the mid-1960s.  It was a café and restaurant located right next to where the sailing ships would come into the harbor and depart for destinations around the world. The street to the left is Helgoländer Alley, still on the map today. The bridge in the background is the elevated train, which still runs today. In the foreground are the trolley tracks. The dark building in the background on the hill is the Deutsche Seewarte (German Naval Observatory), built in 1874.
St. Pauli has a long tradition as a recreation and amusement center. The big port of Hamburg led many sailors to this area, where they preferred to spend their spare time (as long as their ships were unloaded and loaded again). Since then there has been prostitution in St. Pauli, and it is still best known as Hamburg's red-light district. This includes an area of a few streets around the Reeperbahn, often referred to as the Kiez.

March 19
Spring Clean Your Genealogy
Are you wondering where to start with your boxes and filing cabinets? What's worth saving? Are your pictures and documents appropriately stored for future generations? What kind of library or repository would be interested in your research files? What steps can you take now to make sure your hard work ...

March 20
Producing a Reliable Family History
Adrian J. Gravelle An Appellate Judge Discusses Genealogical Evidence This presentation includes a discussion of guidelines for evaluating genealogical evidence, and suggests methods of resolving conflicts in evidence. Topics will include how to think and write like a judge in producing a reliable and accurate family history, how legal standards ...

April 8
MAGS Workshop
Using Maps to Support Your Family History Presented by Dr. Ken Heger and Debra Hoffman On Friday, April 8, 2016, the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society will offer a three hour workshop that will discuss a variety of maps including Historical Political Maps City Maps Transportation Maps Geological/Topographical Maps Birdseye/Panoramic Maps ...

April 9
MAGS Spring Conference
Steerage:  The Long Voyage to a New Home Sharon Hodges Most of the millions of immigrants who undertook the voyage to America traveled in steerage, sometimes called “tween decks.”  Others traveled in the “orlop deck” which, if possible, was less desirable than steerage. Discover what it was like for these ...

April 16
Dick Eastman Seminar
Dick Eastman will present four topics: Going Nearly Paperless – How to Get Started Using Effectively The Family History World in 10 Years’ Time The Organized Genealogist * * L I M I T E D S E A T I N G * * * * * ...