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 over 4,000 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 that 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 and historical research.
Interested in the latest additions to our website? Check out our What's New ? page.
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? Sharing your family history? Heritage societies? Are you planning a Family Reunion? Would you like to find out more about AAGS? Then join us on September 4, 7:00 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, Maryland, to learn about:
Getting Started - Connie Sparrow
Archives and Libraries & How to Break Through a Brick Wall - Betty deKeyser, Bob Barnes, and Allender Sybert
Cemeteries - Tina Simmons
Publication and Merchandise Sales / Queries / Membership - Louis Sapienza, Carolyn Russell, Tom McCarriar
Telling your Family Story With PowerPoint - Shelley Pollero
Genealogy Using the Internet - Paul Izat
Using Census Records - Margaret McMahon
How to Join a Heritage Society - Betsy Gauld & Barry McKown
How to Set Up a Family Reunion - Bill Wood
African American Churches, Emancipation, and Slavery - Ellie Thompson
Refreshments - Janelle Mummey
Cemetery Inscription Day at Cedar Bluff Cemetery -
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Join us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cedar Bluff Cemetery, 100 West Street, Annapolis, MD for our fall 2014 Cemetery Inscription Day. Help us transcribe information from tombstones and grave markers for use in genealogy research.
In case of inclement weather, contact Tina Simmons at 410-978-7167.
Were Your Ancestors Literate?
On Thursday, October 9, 7:30 pm, at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Bob Barnes will tell us how we can find out if our ancestors could read or write.
Bob Barnes is a native of Baltimore City. He holds a Master's Degree in Education from Towson University and retired from teaching after 36 years in the Baltimore City Schools. After retiring from teaching, he worked part-time at the Maryland State Archives. He is a former President of the Maryland Genealogical Society as well as the Baltimore County Genealogical Society, and a former vice-president of the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. He has had over 50 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 Baltimore County Marriage Evidences and Family Relationships, 1659-1800; Marriages and Deaths from Baltimore Newspapers, 1796-1816, and also 1817-1819.
Bob’s talk will focus on three areas: (1) Could ancestors sign their names--and how you can find out; (2) How did they learn to read (if they could); and (3) What books did they own.
The War of 1812 in Anne Arundel County
An update on activities, events, and discoveries
1 November 2014
Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Highway, SE, Glen Burnie, MD
9:00 Seminar Registration & continental breakfast.
9:30 "Reflections on the War of 1812" -
Jim Morrison, Chairman of the AA Co.
War of 1812 Commission
10:45 "A New Look at Curtis Creek Furnace"-
John Kille, Historian, Lost Towns Project
12:00 " British Invade Tracey's Landing !"-
Anastasia Poulos, Cultural Resource
Specialist, Lost Towns Project
This seminar is sponsored by Anne Arundel Genealogical Society and Ann Arrundell Historical Society to benefit the Kuethe Library Historical and Genealogical Research Center. For information call 410-437-8665.
Registration: $25 per person. Download the registration form, make checks payable to AAGS, and mail to:
AAGS, P. O .Box 221, Pasadena, MD 21123-0221
Preserving and Caring for Your Family Treasures - Actual Treatments
Presented by Vicki Lee on Thursday, November 6, 7:30 pm, at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
Vicki Lee has been in the conservation field for the past 25 years. Vicki has been employed at the Maryland State Archives since 2000 and was made the Head of the Conservation Lab in 2003. She has been the Director of Preservation and Conservation since 2013. She treats a variety of items in the general and special collections of the Archives as well as oversees projects in the lab, the training of interns in the Summer Program and gives lectures on a variety of topics such as collections care and disaster recovery. Vicki is a long time participant in the Guild of Book Workers, the Washington Conservation Guild and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Properties. She is a member of the AIC – CERT team and has traveled to disasters in Iowa, Germany, Haiti and New York City. She has a BA in both Art History and English Literature and received her training in book conservation at the North Bennett Street School in Boston.
Ms Lee’s lecture is an overview of conditions that damage family treasures and some tips on caring for them with proper storage and good environment. A wide variety of treasures will be touched on and the lecture will end with disaster recovery recommendations. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and participants are welcome to bring a small item that they may have questions concerning its condition or storage.
Individual Issues of Anne Arundel Readings Now on Sale
Anne Arundel Readings, published twice yearly, provided material from a wide variety of Anne Arundel County sources covering the period from the establishment of the county to the early twentieth century. This 50+ page journal contained Civil War records, Bible records, family genealogies, and genealogical information from county newspapers. During its 15 year run, Readings published material important to the Anne Arundel County researcher.
To purchase copies of Anne Arundel Readings, visit our Store. All back issues are available on CD in fully searchable PDF format, and we are now pleased to offer individual issues for sale. Find out what topics are included in each issue by checking out the Readings Contents List. Ordering instructions for individual paper copies are posted in the Frequently Asked Questions section of our Forums page.
Kuethe Library Catalog Project
The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society together with the Ann Arrundell Historical Society is working on a project to add the Kuethe Library holdings to the Anne Arundel County Public Library catalog. As of August 2014 there are more than 4,200 Kuethe titles in the public library catalog. Keep watching here to monitor our progress! And check out the AACPL's Kuethe Library page!
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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!