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.
Lost Faces, Forgotten Heroes: Finding Photos for Marylanders on the Vietnam Wall
On Thursday, June 2, 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, join us as Dr. Glenn Johnston discusses a research project involving his students and Maryland Public Television. Their mission is to locate a photo of every Marylander who lost their life while on military duty in Vietnam. After 13 years of searching, of the 1,017 Marylanders who died in Vietnam, there were still 190 missing photos when Glenn and his students became involved last year. In the last year, Stevenson students have located more than 100 of these photos and are hot on the trail of the remaining 74. Hear the story of the search, sources involved, and the stories of the men whose pictures are being sought.
Born and raised in New York City, Glenn is a proud product of the New York City public school system. Majoring in Middle Eastern Studies at St Lawrence University (Canton, NY), Glenn was commissioned in the Regular Army in June 1978. From 1978-1986, he served in a variety of assignments with the 2nd Armored Cavalry as well as the XVIII Corps (Airborne). Leaving the military in 1986, Glenn earned a Master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from SUNY Buffalo (Amherst, NY). He worked for Bell Aerospace Textron as well as NYNEX Mobile Communications for several years before earning a Master’s in Education from Niagara University (Lewiston, NY), Glenn started a second career as a teacher. He taught high school social studies in Upstate New York. In 2007, Glenn earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas (Denton, TX). His dissertation topic involved teaching history to young adults outside the classroom. Currently Chair, Humanities & Public History, at Stevenson University (Stevenson, MD), Glenn is also the University Archivist.
Married for 32 years to his wife Mary Jane, Glenn is the father to two boys: Craig (28) and Jeremy (24).
If anyone would like to take a stab at locating a photo of any of these men, we would be deeply appreciative. We are trying to find as many photos as we can by Memorial Day weekend. If any photos are found of these individuals (military photos, yearbook pictures, community photos, etc…) we would ask that you email them to Glenn at email@example.com. They will be posted on the Wall of Faces with thanks to you and your sources as part of that posting.
18th Century Newspapers: What Can Be Found Besides Marriages And Deaths
On Thursday, July 7, 7:30 pm, at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Bob Barnes will help us discover what kind of information we can find about our ancestors in 18th century newspapers.
Bob Barnes is a a retired educator with Baltimore City Public Schools. After retiring, he worked part time at the Maryland State Archives. He has over 60 years' experience tracing Maryland families. Bob is the author of many source books, compiled family histories, and guides, including: Maryland Marriages, 1634-1777; Maryland Marriages, 1778-1800; Maryland Marriages, 1801-1820; Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759; and Guide to Research in Baltimore City and County; 2 volumes of British Roots of Maryland Families, Colonial Families of Maryland I, and Baltmore County Marriage Evidences and Family Relationships, 1659-1800; Marriages and Deaths from Baltimore Newspapers, 1796-1816, and 1817-1819. He is active in the Maryland Genealogical Society, the Baltimore County Genealogical Society, and the Anne Arundel County Genealogical Society. He has a number of projects in the works, and has no plans to retire.
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 just 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 May 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.
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