Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society

Oldenburgische Gesellschaft fĂźr Familienkunde e.V.


The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS) is a non-profit genealogical society founded in 1982 in the mid-Atlantic region. The MAGS Mission is to stimulate and facilitate research on Germanic genealogy and heritage and to promote genealogical research of Germanic ancestors who settled in North America. 

Contact Information:

Website:  www.magsgen.com/
Email:  corresponding@magsgen.com

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 241
New Windsor, Maryland 21776-0241

Contact language:  English



Genealogical Society



This section is designed to help members with their research. You will find information about Germany, German speaking countries, and genealogy arranged in an organized and heirachical format. Topics include the governments of Germany through time, German language helps, maps, and sources for genealogy in both Europe and the US. Click on the red highlighted links to take you to that topic.
This information is one of the benefits of being a MAGS member. You must be logged in as a member to see the additional menu items under the German Research tab on the left.
This will be an ongoing project so be sure to check back again if you do not find what you are looking for the first time. Also please contact the webmaster, Carol Carman, with suggestions as to things you would like to see on these pages and let us know about your favorite websites to search.



    Plan Name

    Maximum Associated Members

    Annual Fee


    Individual (electronic distro)



    Individual membership with emailed publications



    Individual membership with mailed publications
    Family (electronic distribution)



    Family membership with emailed publications



    Family membership with mailed publications

    Membership Benefits:

    The price is still an incredible bargain. The following benefits are included with your membership.

    • Four issues a year of Der Kurier, our award winning newsletter.
    • Discount rate to attend MAGS spring and fall all day genealogy conferences and associated workshops.  
    • Free access to searchable databases from historical documents found in several record groups at the National Archives and a German Lutheran Church in New York City.
    • Surname page listing names being researched by members including a secure contact to other members who are interested in the same surname. When you fill out the online membership form, you may list surnames in custom data field 3. You may also email up to four surnames of interest to our membership chair (membership@magsgen.com) for publication in Der Kurier.
    • Library of historical images pertaining to Germany and Germans.
    • Genealogical books deposited at the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg, Virginia (no longer available by mail).
    Our membership year runs from January 1st through December 31st. New members who join anytime during a calendar year will receive all copies of that year’s newsletters.