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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

18 Mar 2017 It was announced at our Spring Conference that the Maryland State Archives recently reopened for research.
26 Feb 2017 The March 2017 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members tab on the website.
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.

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MAGS will periodically display images of interest, including postcards, letterhead, and other historical documents discovered at the National Archives and other locations.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.
The 'Schlossplatz', a market square in front of the Ducal Palace around 1900: One of the few areas to survive in similar style after World War II

April 29
Baltimore County Genealogical Society 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, ...

May 10
2017 National Genealogical Society Conference
Among the topics being considered by NGS for its 2017 conference are presentations on North Carolina history, including available records, and repositories; land grants, and other land records; court system and laws; ethnic and religious groups; military, farming, and other occupations; neighboring states; and migration to, from, and within ...

May 10
What is DNA ?
What is DNA? What types of DNA are used for genealogy? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How do I know what test to take? Well, I got my results, now what? If you have asked yourself these questions then this presentation is for you. If the highly technical ...

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 ...