06 January 2016

Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society Database Adds Geissenhainer Pastoral Records

Geissenhainer Baptismal entry -- Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS) database entry

From a post by Dick Eastman (Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter), I learned of a neat database created by the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS), Geissenhainer Pastoral Records Database Completed.

This database gives wonderful insight into a couple of Lutheran Churches in New York City, St. Matthew’s and St. Paul’s, that primarily served the German population.

The Geissenhainer database contains 1,180 confirmation records; 5,663 marriages; and 11,698 baptisms, for a total of over 18,000 records. There are almost 52,000 unique names contained in the index. 

Having just discovered this database, my insatiable curiosity wondered what other treasures the MAGS website might reveal.  The MAGS database contains much more than the Geissenhainer Records.  

The other record types found in the database include – Bremen emigration, Consular estates, Consular fees, Consular marriages and marriage contracts,
Overseas military pensions, Philadelphia naturalizations, and Wiesbaden consular services.
Nonmembers are limited to accessing the Geissenhainer Records and the names for the remaining sources.  To see additional details for the latter, one must be a MAGS member.

As always, remember when you learn about a new database or record group, to further explore and see if there are other records that might also have relevance.  In this case, there are many records related to researching Germans who migrated to the mid Atlantic and nearby areas – maybe your family is included.

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