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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
or download the Registration Form

What's New

20 Oct 2016 The membership report for October 2016 has been posted on the Members tab under Documents and Reports.
13 Oct 2016 The treasurer's report for FY16 has been posted on the Members tab under Documents and Reports.
4 Sept 2016
The MAGS WEB Committee, Carol Carman and Bob Greiner  working 
diligently on Web plans at Roy Shiflet's house
3 Sep 2016 The September 2016 issue of Der Kurier has been posted to the Members page.
28 Aug 2016 MAGS is proud that its Second Vice President and Webmaster Carol Carman is representing MAGS at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference.  FGS  currently being held in Indianapolis.           
27 Aug 2016 We are sad to announce that Corinne P. Earnest passed away on May 26, 2016. You will remember her from selling her books at the MAGS conferences. Look for an appreciation of her life and work in the September 2016 issue of Der Kurier.
23 Aug 2016
A list of translators has been added under German Research -> Other Sources -> Translation. Click here to go directly to that page.
17 Aug 2016 The minutes of the MAGS board meeting on 30 July 2016 have been posted here.
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.
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.

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MAGS will periodically display images of interest, including postcards, letterhead, and other historical documents discovered at the National Archives and other locations.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.
Mannheim Jesuit Church
Even today, this church is still very rich in Baroque art. It has, the six side altars and font by Verschaffelt. In the crossing beneath the dome there are four frescoes representing the continents by the Mannheim Baroque painter Philip Jerome Brinckmann. The confessionals were reconstructed like the electoral pews. The most important sculpture is the 1747 "Crowned Silver Madonna" of Augsburg silversmith, Joseph Ignaz Saler. Today's pulpit was only placed here after the war. It was created in 1753 and originally came from the Carmelite convent in Heidelberg. In the lobby there are very richly ornamented wrought iron gates made by the Mannheim master locksmith Philip Reinhard Sieber in 1755 and two monuments of the church from 1906.


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 ...

July 28
International Germanic Genealogy Conference
This is the first effort of the German-American Genealogical Partnership, a relatively new cooperative group of societies dedicated to German genealogy research. The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society is a member of the partnership.