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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.

Fall 2016 Workshop and Conference
October 21st and 22nd
  Wyndham Garden Hotel
York, Pennsylvania
See the Events page for details

What's New

25 May 2016 The June 2016 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members page.
20 May 2016
Our own Debra Hoffman will present a lecture at the Fairfax Genealogical Society.  See Events / Other Events for details.
5 May 2016 The new Published Pension Appeals database has been added to the site, with nearly 5000 new names. Additional records from Frankfort were added to the Consular Estates database.
24 Apr 2016 Minutes of our Spring 2016 workshop and conference have been posted to the Documents and Reports page under the Members tab.
3 Apr 2016
Merl Arp - Longtime member of MAGS dies at age 85
Merl had been a member of MAGS since the mid-1980's and had been active on the board  for many years.  Until his death he continued to serve as the MAGS liasion with several German-American societies in  Maryland and nationally.  He constantly was trying to get  these cultural societies to understand the importance of genealogy.
20 Mar 2016
New German Genealogy Website Offers Digitized Church Records
In this guest blog post, author James M. Beidler tells you about a new German website that offers digitized, browsable Protestant church books. See more information about German research in Jim's new book Trace Your German Roots Online.
6 Mar 2016 A new guide for the consulate at Weimar was added to the Research Guides page.
16 Feb 2016 A new guide for the consulate at Schwerin was added to the Research Guides page.
12 Feb 2016 In German Research, new sources with links for maps and photographs. New photos in the Image Library.

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MAGS will periodically display images of interest, including postcards, letterhead, and other historical documents discovered at the National Archives and other locations.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.
World War I German Soldiers

June 30
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh - Evening Programs
F. Warren Bittner, CG is sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS) "Understanding Illegitimacy:The Bittner Bastards of Bavaria". It happened far than you think! See new light on 19th century morality. Follow a couple with three children born during a ten-year wait for marriage. You'll be amazed to learn ...

September 24
Research Riches in Our Backyard: NARA, DAR, and LC (Fall Seminar)
Marylander researchers have easy access to some of  the premier genealogical destinations in the country. Come join us for a full day of inspiration and instruction on how take advantage of your geographical good fortune! Registration and continental breakfast begins at 9:00 AM. The presentations kick off at 10:00 ...

October 21
Beyond the Pension File
What's Not in the Pension File: Finding Documents That Tell the Rest of the Story Anyone whose ancestor served in the U.S. military prior to World War I is likely to have checked to see if that ancestor received a pension.  While the pension files are a treasure trove ...

October 22
Focusing on Our German Heritage
MAGS presents our fall conference with the following topics and speakers.   German Gazetteers: Geographic Dictionaries to Your Rescue!     Dr. Fritz Juengling This presentation will show how to use the following gazetteers in tandem to find virtually any village now or once in Germany: Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des ...

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 ...