Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS)
Type: German Genealogy Society
Purpose: Provide educational opportunities for our members in the pursuit of their genealogy interest. Identify German genealogical resources in the Mid-Atlantic region, and make these resources known to our members.
Contact Information: John Frank
Membership: Yearly membership fee of $15 for a quarterly electronic version of our color newsletter.
A black and white printed version of the newsletter can be obtained for $20 a year.
Membership Benefits: The society conducts lectures and workshops for members. The society has several unique databases of German immigrants containing tens of thousands of names. In addition, the society publishes a quarterly newsletter, Der Kurier.
Events: The society has spring and fall educational meetings on Saturday twice a year. On the day before the Saturday meeting, we conduct a half-day hands-on workshop on a German related topic. The date of the meeting adjusts each year to avoid conflicts with larger regional genealogy societies.
Research (or Focus) Areas: Germans in the states between Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and including the District of Columbia.
The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society emphasizes identifying and publishing the genealogy resources unique to the Washington, DC region.
Research Services: Our Society does not conduct research for members; however, we make available a list of translators who have genealogy expertise.
Library: MAGS donated a collection of genealogy related books to the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg, Virginia. Members can borrow books from this collection by mail.
Store/Publications: We currently sell books at our meetings and on our web page; however, long term plans call for an end of this activity. MAGS also has a collection of the John Humphrey Pennsylvania Births series for sale. We have a quarterly newsletter that comes with our membership fee.