Curious About Your Family History?
The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society wants to help you discover more about your family history. We invite you to become a member, visit our research center, browse our website, and attend our monthly presentations and special events. Our Historical and Genealogical Research Center at the Kuethe Library in Glen Burnie houses more than 6,000 books, many photographs, maps, CDs, and obituary, bible, and church record collections. Because our history is so connected with our neighboring counties and states, we have an extensive collection of material from across Maryland and surrounding states.
Perhaps our most important asset is our staff of experienced genealogists. The people you will meet at the Kuethe Library and at our meetings have a wealth of experience and knowledge they are always willing to share.
Beginning, intermediate, and experienced family history researchers will find resources both usual and unusual in the Kuethe Library. Our monthly meetings feature presentations by experts on a wide variety of genealogy topics. Visitors are welcome.
Let us know how we can help you with your family history research.
Interested in the latest additions to our website? Check out our What's New ? page.
Cemetery Inscription Day at Glen Haven Memorial Park -
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Join us at Glen Haven Memorial Park, 7215 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD for our summer Cemetery Inscription Day. Help us transcribe information from tombstones and grave markers for use in genealogy research.
We're expecting hot weather, so we'll start at 9 a.m. and continue as long as the heat permits. Bring water and a brush to sweep grass off markers. Paper, pencils, and clipboards will be provided.
In case of inclement weather, contact Tina Simmons at 410-978-7167.
Are you new to genealogy and wondering where to start? Or are you a veteran genealogist frustrated by a brick wall? Then don't miss the ABCs of Genealogy. Interested in cemetery research? DNA? Social networking for genealogy? Genealogy software? Using the Internet for genealogy research? Would you like to find out more about AAGS? Then join us on September 1, 7:00 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, and sample the following topics:
- Sign-In - Sallie Hewitt, Fayetta Longwell
- Getting Started - Connie Sparrow
- Archives & Libraries & How to Break Through a Brick Wall - Betty deKeyser, Bob Barnes, and Allender Sybert
- How to Join a Heritage Society - Betsy Gauld, Barry McKown
- Family Tree Maker Software - Tom Laws
- Legacy Family Tree 8.0 Software - Phil Jones
- How to Write a Successful Query - Louis Sapienza
- DNA/Genetic Genealogy - Tom McCarriar
- Cemeteries - Tina Simmons
- Genealogy on Facebook - Shelley Pollero, Jan Sharik Baker
- Genealogy Using the Internet - Paul Izat
- Google Search - Margaret McMahon
- Refreshments - Carolyn Russell
mtDNA Results, Analysis, and Ancestry.com
Have you taken an mtDNA test and are wondering what to do next? On Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, Maryland, Rick Schmidt will help us understand our mtDNA test results.
Learn more about mtDNA from a different and digestible perspective! Rick Schmidt will use his mtDNA results to show how that data relates to his family tree, and how to amplify that information with Ancestry.com. He will also compare mtDNA results with YDNA results and provide ancient historical reference points to explain the diversity of ethnicity and geography in Europe.
Rick Schmidt has been a genealogical researcher for 43 years. He has published a family history book, “Sixteen Maryland Families”, and founded the Family Historians Genealogy Club at Fort Meade in 1980. He is also a former President of the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, as well as former member of and newsletter editor for the Board of Directors of the Genealogical Council of Maryland. He has presented numerous briefings about various aspects of family history to many Maryland genealogical societies since 1980, and lived in Europe for 4 ½ years.
Introductory Genealogy Class at AACC
GENEALOGY: RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY TREE
Course #: WOI-378 Section 901
Class schedule: Four Thursday evenings Sep 22 - October 13, 2016: 7-8:30 pm
Location: CRSC Building, Room 218, AACC Arnold Campus
Cost: $89.00 which includes the $17 fee for class handouts
This is an introductory class.
Explore genealogy utilizing a wide variety of search methods.
Identify strategies for examining family archives and conducting family interviews.
Outline primary and secondary genealogy sources including Internet websites.
Discuss breaking through dead ends and compare hoaxes from useful sites.
Learn about tree formats, software, lineage societies
Session 1 (Sep 22): Getting Started
Session 2 (Sep 29): Surfing The Internet
Session 3 (Oct 6): Organizing Your Records
Session 4 (Oct 13): Odd and Ends (tree formats, software, lineage societies, etc.)
Refer to the current AACC College Catalog for additional information.
Readings Online Update
One of the benefits we offer our members is access to Readings Online. We started Readings Online in November 2013 with about 30 Anne Arundel County Will Abstracts (1780-1797) by Robert Barnes. Thanks to Mr. Barnes's continuing generosity, we now have nearly 150. In May 2014, we added Anne Arundel Land Commissions Estate Records (1811-1829), abstracted by Mary Frazer. In December 2014, Audrey Bagby provided the first installment of Deaths, Marriages, and Interesting Bits from the Baltimore Sun, from 1837-1844. With her most recent contribution this month, this remarkable compilation now covers from 1837-1950. And thanks to Tina Simmons, with an assist from Audrey, we recently added the initial entry of a new section - Marriage Licenses from the Anne Arundel Advertiser newspaper, starting in 1908. We will continue to look for and add new material to Readings Online as it becomes available.
If you are a member and haven't visited Readings Online lately, we encourage you to log in to our Members Only section and take a look. If you are not a member, and would like access to this valuable source of Anne Arundel County genealogy information, join now! If you have information you would like to contribute to Readings Online, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRAVE MATTERS: Northern Anne Arundel County Cemetery Inscriptions,
Private and church cemeteries, 2015
by Christine N. Simmons
This work contains tombstone inscriptions from private, church, institutional cemeteries, and many government properties as well as former burial sites north of Annapolis in Anne Arundel County. Several cemeteries located beyond the county’s current borders are also included. The 689 page volume contains a map of northern Arundel County towns, a guide to abbreviations used, and a table of contents listing all the names by which the cemetery has been known. It is indexed with names of all individuals found on the tombstone or in cemetery records. It does not contain inscriptions from commercial cemeteries.
Visit our Store (CD/DVD/Flashdrive) for price and shipping cost. Also available at the Kuethe Historical & Genealogical Library, 5 Crain Hwy. SE, Glen Burnie, MD 21061, or by mail from Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1553, Glen Burnie, MD 21060 (Attn: Publications).
Planning a visit to the Kuethe Library?
You can make the most of your time by doing some research online before you arrive. More than 5,000 of our books are now listed in the Anne Arundel County Public Library catalog. We’ve also posted indexes of our Bible records, genealogy (surname) files, and more here on our website. And we are working on an index for our Anne Arundel County obituary records - see the announcement above. Take a few minutes to check these resources at home so you can head straight to the information you need when you arrive. We hope to see you soon at the Kuethe Library!
Kuethe Library Catalog Project
The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society together with the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society is working on a project to add the Kuethe Library holdings to the Anne Arundel County Public Library catalog. As of August 2016, there are more than 5,000 Kuethe titles in the public library catalog. Keep watching here to monitor our progress! And check out the AACPL's Kuethe Library page!
Please note that even though the books in the Kuethe Library are listed in the AACPL catalog, they cannot be checked out - they are for use only in the Kuethe Library.
Join Us on Facebook
Already on Facebook? Log in to your Facebook page, then enter and choose Anne Arundel Genealogical Society in the search box, and ask to join. We have more than 330 AAGS Facebook Group members!
New to Facebook? Go to www.facebook.com. Provide the information requested to set up your free account. Then you can "friend" other Facebook members and share your comments, photos, videos, and favorite websites. You can join groups (AAGS, for example) and send public and private messages to your Facebook friends. It's a great way to meet other genealogists and maybe even make contact with long lost relatives. Give it a try!