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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.

Spring Workshop and Conference 2017
The Mid Atlantic Repositories
Workshop, March 17, 1:00 - 4:00
Working With the Meyers-Orts Gazetteer
Presented by Debra Hoffman and Gunter Schanzenbacher
Conference, March 18, 8:30 - 4:30
Finding Family History at the Baltimore City Archives
Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG
Guide to Government Records at the Maryland State Archives
Michael G. McCormick
A Federal Family Tree
Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG
Immigration and Naturalization Records at the Maryland State Archives
Michael G. McCormick

What's New

22 Feb 2017
Saxony and Thuringia, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1591-1875
 These are Lutheran church records from Saxony and Thuringia, Germany.
TOTAL RECORDS: 2,952,265   
Prussian Provinces, Selected Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1661-1944
Lutheran records of baptisms, marriages, and burials from the areas of Berlin, Brandenburg and other regions in former Prussia.
TOTAL RECORDS: 2,416,716  
View these collections at
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.
1 Feb 2017 MAGS Board Member, Debra Hoffman will present a lecture at the Baltimore County Genealogical Society on Saturday April 29, 2017. The subject is Baltimore: The Golden Door for Immigrants. Go to MAGS Events/other events for more information
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.
4 Dec 2016 The December 2016 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members page.
18 Nov 2016 MAGS dues have increased for 2017. If you choose to continue receiving Der Kurier by mail, your dues will increase by $5. If you would like to receive Der Kurier by email, your dues will remain the same. Please make your selection on the new membership form when you renew.
1 Nov 2016

The Maryland Genealogical Society would like to pass along important news regarding an upcoming temporary closure of the searchrooms at the Maryland State Archives. The closure has been extended to mid to late February 2017. Please see their website for more up-to-date information.

23 Aug 2016
A list of translators has been added under German Research -> Other Sources -> Translation. Click here to go directly to that page.

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.

March 4
Genealogy-Beyond Bare Bones, Building your Skills
Friends of the Delaware Archives Presents A Free Spring 2017 Genealogy Conference featuring Dr. Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA One of America’s most respected genealogical lecturers Topics Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online? Planning Efficient and Effective Research: A Case Study Five Ways to Prove ...

March 17
MAGS Spring Workshop
Working With the Meyers-Orts Gazetteer Presented by Debra Hoffman and Gunter Schanzenbacher The Meyers-Orts und Verhehrs Lexicon des Deutsche Reiches will be examined in detail. The workshop will cover the history of the gazetteer and discuss the fraktur typeface. Hands-on exercises will be provided and discussed to provide the ...

March 18
MAGS Spring Conference
Finding Family History at the Baltimore City Archives Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG Malissa will give a brief history of BCA – from the earliest days to its current association with the Maryland State Archives – and give an overview of its holdings. She will describe the kind of genealogical information ...

March 20
German Census Records 1816 - 1916
March ‘s presentation will be discussion of Roger Minert’s new book –  German Census Records, 1816-1916: The When, Where, and How of a Valuable Genealogical Resource   Further details to follow

April 29
Baltimore County Genealogical Societ Spring Seminar
  T O P I C S Baltimore: The Golden Door for Immigrants by Debra Hoffman Baltimore was a major entry point for immigrants to America. Learn about its history and the sources available to document individuals who arrived through this port.   The Dead and the Dying: Cemeteries, ...