Supplement to the "Mager Book" 1935
Over 35 years have now passed since I had the opportunity to present the
"Mager Book" to the family at the third "Mager Reunion" in
Rottweil, on July 20th, 1935. It
was the fruition of many years of
sometimes difficult research. The
book enjoyed acclaim from both the family and the public.
Many of the "Old Generation" have since left us, and many of
the young are now counted among the old. The
shattering storm of a second world war has passed over our homeland, once again
claiming its toll in blood and belongings.
Also, the world has since "become smaller."
The family has scattered farther than ever before,
no longer remaining concentrated in villages in the old regions.
It's no wonder then, if some comparatively close relatives have become
somewhat estranged. This
development will, understandably, increase with the further branching of the
family in future generations. But
it may be slowed for a time. The
memory of common ancestors, and the common homeland, will be a particular bond,
maintaining the feeling of belonging in the coming generations.
Indeed, the Bavarian Magers wouldn't know nearly as much about their cousins
in Baden-Württemberg, nor
these two groups about their relatives in Italy and America, if it weren't for
the bonds of commonality that are maintained over and above (although with the
help of) the mere paper documents.
As a result of this feeling there arose the wish among many of the family
members that the "Mager Book" of 1935
be brought up to the present. This
has now been done. Not all of those
who obtain this supplement will own the original book from 1935.
The family tree (the "core" of the book) has therefore been
repeated (in abridged fashion) such that even the youngest of the family can
still trace the lines of their
forefathers back 400 years.
So let this second "Mager Book," like the first, be dedicated
"to the bearers of our future: our descendants." Perhaps
there will emerge again amongst the coming generations someone who will further
Actually, this book has become
more than a mere supplement. In the
biographical section (Family Chronicles), the biographical sketches already
included in the 1935 "Mager Book" have been updated or summarized.
In this way
And now a word of thanks to all who, through ongoing subscription to our newsletter "Mager-Blatt," and their often voluntarily increased donation, have contributed to the realization of this new book. No less thanks also to all those who advanced the archivist's work of research and compilation by contributing information and helpful deeds (including from the bosom of the family tree, in the towns of Schömberg and Zimmern-ob-Rottweil!). Among others, Mrs. Anne Schnabel (nee Zellner), of Westfield, N.J., has done us a great service. Designing her own questionnaire for the purpose, she covered the entire progeny of her grandfather, Valerius Mager - a total of 132 people!
Special thanks are due also to my cousin, Max Gardill of Bamberg, who made it possible to enrich the book with prints and photos by delivering numerous print blocks at significantly reduced prices from his Photo and Reproduction Shop.
My late cousin, Dr. Raimund Mager of Munich, and his son, Friedrich, as well as my cousin Dr. Jörg Mager of Eichstätt, lent much appreciated assistance by reviewing a number of manuscript pages and proofs. Several other members of the family had the opportunity to inspect segments concerning their own branches of the family before they went to print.
New Year's Day, 1972
(Footnote) The initial
"E" (page 9), and the closing illustration on page 52, are taken from
the opus "Tractatus de Advocatia armata" by Martin Mager of Schömberg,
published in Frankfurt-am-Main, 1625.
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