Das Mager-Buch

The Mager-Book: History of a Family over Four Centuries

Supplement to the "Mager Book" 1935

by Dr. Edwart Mager
Freiburg-im-Breisgau, 1972
pp. 58-59

50 Years of Mager Clan Archives

Page 58

(Sippenarchiv Mager symbol)

Our Archive was not founded on a specific day.  Its beginnings reach back to the youth of the "Archivist," when he had already begun collecting old family papers and began constructing family trees.  The beginning of systematic research, collection, and organization can be placed around May 1921, when this was all put into an orderly system, and the first research trips to the home villages of the ancestors took place.  The details of the developments in this area up to 1935 can be seen in detail in the 1935 Mager Buch on pages 138 and 139.  Most importanly are the reasearch trips beginning in 1922 to the area around Rottweil, especially Zepfenhan and Deißlingen, that led in the end to the results published in the Mager Book 1935, and to this book itself.  The organized "Mager Days" beginning in 1922 have been given their own dedicated chapter (see page 60).

In the war years (1939 - 1945) the work on the archives was largely put aside.  Parts of the documentation were temporarily removed to Eichstätt and Furtwangen for safety reasons.  Also, the temporary relocation of the archivist to Bielefeld hindered the work.  In many ways he had to limit himself to obtaining the documents for one of the family lines in order to provide them with the "Ahnenpass" which was required by the authorities  (Translator's note:  In the war years the Nazi Government required any person who wanted a government job, a military promotion, or a marriage license, to have an "Ahnenpass" which was a pedigree showing that he had no Jewish ancestors going back 3 generations.  This was also known as an "Ariernachweis" or "Aryan Proof."  For those more involved with the military, and higher levels of government, this pedigree had to go back up to 5 or 6 generations, or to the year 1800).

In the years after the war the Archivist was able to spare only a little time for the Archives, because of heavy professional commitments (trips, lectures, teaching, editing, etc.).  The publication of the "Mager - Blatt" had to be suspended in 1957.  From 1946 till 1957 it took the form of a circular letter (during that time publications that were newspaper-like were forbidden by the French occupational authorities!). 

Working on the ancestor tables of the Andrian family went along with the ongoing work of general information collecting and organization.  This was also precipitated in the viewable form of the portrait series by B. Schley, which is described on page 65. 

Recently a persons index that was completely updated to the present added as a feature of the "New Edition" "Mager-Blatt."  It was compiled from all 72 of the volumes published since 1923.   It includes over 280 people named Mager (including women who married into the family) of Zepfenhan ancestry alone, and over 350 people of other family names, of which around 280 are not clan members.


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As soon as the archivist was again able to resume the research, he went to work on some groups of his maternal ancestors; the results were published in part, and part are waiting to be published(40).  Also, a small essay was published about an Eichstätt family group.

Further research, mainly done by the assistants Dr. A. Obert and Engelbert Mager, relate to the Schömberg Mager lines (Mager-Blatt 1966/2, 1967/1, 1968/1 and 2).

From 1963 on,  personal documents and resident registration papers, as well as estate records, could be accessed at the city archives and courts of Eichstätt;  also, occassional findings relating to the clan history that resulted from enquiries at the State Archives of Munich, Nuremberg, Bamberg, and Neuburg-upon-Danube that were undertaken partly for other purposes.  Likewise, various new material was encountered through perusal of Eichstätt newspaper volumes from 1830 on, about the Mager family during that period.

Along with research and collection activities, the archivist tried to extract information on the personal relationships of the clan members.  The "Mager Days" reunions served this goal well.  The reports of these follow, beginning on the next page.  Numerous casual visits served to maintain old relationships, or allowed the beginning of others.  Also mentioned  here are visits with the Italian and American relatives, both by the archivist and others.

With the turning over of the archives on a yet-to-come occassion to Friedrich Mager of Munich (who has 4 sons),  the continued stay of the archives within a Mager family can be assured.

(Footnote 40) Mager, E., "The Lindigs of Middle Franconia, a Clan of Millers." Franconian Family Research Papers. (Nuremberg), Vol. 9, issue 3 (1967) 21 pages, 15 illustration;  ibid., "The Wagners of the Steinmetz Clan from Eichstätt." 

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