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Welcome to the MAGS web site!

The MAGS officers are excited that you have found our website. We are frequently adding information to this site so please come back often. The site also provides us with the ability to manage our membership, communicate with our members, and allows you to find information about and register for events.

GRIP Evening Lecture - Dr. Michael Lacopo

MAGS is proud to sponsor an evening lecture on Thursday, June 23rd, by Michael lacopo at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. See details on the MAGS Events page.

What's New ?

19 Jun 2022
The latest issue of the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) newsletter Partner Zeitung is now available at the link below.
13 Jun 2022 The June issue of Der Kurier has been published on the website. You can see a synopsis of the articles on the Der Kurier tab.
13 Jun 2022
6 May 2022
Just Announced !
International German Genealogy Partnership
June 9 - 11, 2023
Fort Wayne, Indiana
They are looking for volunteers. Please contact John Frank if you are interested in helping with this event.
3 Apr 2022 Board member reports for the previous quarter have been posted in the Documents and Reports section under the Members tab.
31 Mar 2022
Here now! The 1950 Census
Compliments of Family Tree Magazine Editors
12 Jan 2022 A new dataset has been added to our database collection. The records of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cleveland (1853-1911) document the lives of many German immigrants from Osnabrück and other locations in Germany. See a more detailed description on this page.
24 Aug 2021 An interesting new data file has been added under the MAGS Databases tab. It is a list of missionaries who were trained at the Basel Mission in Switzerland and who came to the United States to serve as pastors. Nearly 300 men have been identified, and detailed information about them can be found in The Archives at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. An article describing the pastors and the sources of the list will appear in the October issue of Der Ahnenforscher, the newsletter of the German Genealogy Group.
11 Jul 2021 Three new research documents have been posted to the members-only website. A new record guide for the American consulate general at Dresden is now available. It can be found under the Members tab, then Documents and Reports, then Consulates - Research Guides. There are also new fact sheets for Bavaria and Saxony. They can be found under German States - Fact Sheets.
20 May 2021
Great News!
On May 19th the National Genealogical Society announced that John T Humphrey, former MAGS president, author, and speaker was inducted into the National Genealogy Hall of Fame. John was nominated for the award by our society. The MAGS board and society members should be honored that the NGS accepted our nomination. John was a leading force in MAGS for many years before his untimely death in 2012.
You can read the announcement and details of the award at this link.
14 Apr 2021
The MAGS databases have been redesigned and now appear on a different page. Click on the MAGS Databases tab, then under that tab click on Member database search if you have logged in to the website. Otherwise click on Public database search. The original search mechanism is still there also.
A new database of names of overseas pensioners from the 1899 Pension Bureau report is now included. See a description of this database by clicking on Database descriptions.

Document of the Month

MAGS member Kay Arnold sent us this copy of a passport for her ancestor.
Johann Andreas Schumm was born 18 January 1827 in the village of Frimmersdorf in Mittelfranken, Bayern (Middle Franconia, Bavaria). The village is between the cities of Bamberg and Nürnberg. Andreas had to visit the Royal District police office in nearby Höchstadt an der Aisch to obtain a passport to travel to the United States. He arrived in Baltiore on 18 June 1857 on the ship Adler from Bremen with a young niece. Andreas Schumm, together with several other siblings, eventually settled in Chanceford Township in southern York County, Pennsylvania.
Click on the image to see a larger view. Click here to see a translation of the passport.

Gift from the Archives



One of Baltimore’s smallest museums tells its biggest story: how immigrants transformed the city over the centuries. The Baltimore Immigration Museum, which opened its doors in Locust Point in 2016, commemorates the hundreds of thousands of people who chose Baltimore to begin a new life in the United States.

The museum location at 1308 Beason Street has a unique tie to the immigration story: from 1904 to 1914, immigrants who needed temporary housing before moving on to their final destinations used the building for shelter. A German church located in Locust Point built the structure, which is one of the last immigrant houses in Baltimore still standing.


October 22
MAGS Fall Conference
Research Methodology with Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA and Debra A. Hoffman, PLCGS Save the date - more details to follow