What is MAAGI?
MAAGI is the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. The purpose is to educate and train those persons who have an interest in studying and documenting the history of African American families. Persons of all background are welcome to participate. The goal is to highlight those research techniques and strategies that are unique to family history of Americans of African Ancestry. MAAGI is first institute of its kind that was hosted by an historically Black institution. Harris-Stowe State University hosted the inaugural event in 2013, and hosted it for two more consecutive years. In 2016 MAAGI took the structure of this institute on the road, and MAAGI's new home is The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. This is one of the largest genealogy libraries and holds the largest North American collection. The MAAGI staff is delighted that the Genealogy Center at ACPL has agreed to host the institute, and we look forward to the future as this unique institute expands.
Who should attend MAAGI?
Persons of all backgrounds are welcome to attend MAAGI. Those of African American ancestry are welcome. Those who are not African American and who research African American history and genealogy are welcome. Professional genealogists who research the African American family story are welcome. Our participants have consisted of researchers, authors, librarians, educators and individuals from many careers and backgrounds. MAAGI is also open to everyone regardless race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, disability, or political affiliation.
What are the tracks?
For 2019, MAAGI is organized into 4 tracks:
- Track 1: Fundamental Methods & Strategies
- Track 2A: Beginning DNA & Genealogy
- Track 2B: Intermediate DNA & Genealogy=
- Track 3: Intermediate Genealogy - Pre & Post Slavery Era Research
- Track 4: Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes
When does MAAGI take place?
The Institute is July 9-11, 2019. Registration and check in will take place on Monday, July 8, 2019.
Where is the Institute held?
MAAGI will be held in Ft. Wayne Indiana at the Allen County Public LIbrary.
What is the daily schedule of classes?
Classes at MAAGI begin at 8:30 each day, and will end most days at 4:30 pm, to allow participants to apply new skills in the computer labs or in the library, or their hotel. Some evening events may be planned as well.
What is the cost of attending MAAGI?
The cost for registration is $325 for 12 classes on three full days.
How do I register for MAAGI?
A mailable registration form is found on this site. Simply fill in the registration form, print, and return with the appropriate payment. You may download, print and mail the registration form with your payment. Online registration will be announced at a later date. NOTE: If you placed a deposit earlier, then you should pay the balance by using the registration form.
What are the lodging arrangements?
There are several options for housing available. Two national hotel are in downtown Ft. Wayne, and a block of rooms has been reserved. A convenient bed and breakfast is also a mere two blocks away from the library. All offer close access to the library. (Also see the LODGING tab on this site).
How does one get from the hotel to the Allen County Library?
All suggested hotels and the bed and breakfast are close to the library and within a short 7-10 minute walk from the library.
Are meals provided?
Lunch will be available for purchase in nearby restaurants.