Anne Arundel Genealogical Society

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.
 
 
Check our new, lower publications prices in our Store.
 

 


Bones of Contention:

St. Margaret’s, St. Anne’s, and the Exhumation of Sir Robert Eden

Join us on Thursday, January 3 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, for a presentation by Michael P. Parker, Professor of English (Ret.), United States Naval Academy - "Bones of Contention: St. Margaret's, St. Anne's, and the Exhumation of Sir Robert Eden."

The mania for assembling colonial tombstones in St. Anne’s Churchyard, Annapolis, culminated in June 1926 with the translation, not of another stone, but of human remains:  those of the last pre-revolutionary governor of Maryland, Sir Robert Eden.  Lawyer and antiquary Daniel Randall crowned his three-year search for the bones in the ruined church of St. Margaret’s Westminster by commissioning an elaborate stone to mark the new grave and planning a grand re-interment ceremony.  The Eden translation relied extensively on forensic analysis and public pageantry to secure national and even international validation for the groups that supported it.  The reburial, however, ignited a noisy public dispute between the parishes of St. Margaret’s and St. Anne’s that soured Randall’s triumph and raised questions about the bones that remain unanswered to this day.

Mike Parker taught English at the United States Naval Academy for 38 years until his retirement in 2018.  He has published extensively on early seventeenth-century poetry as well as on the history of Annapolis.  With Professor Tim Raylor of Carleton College, he is currently completing an edition of the poetry of Edmund Waller for Oxford University Press.  He is also putting the finish touches on the biography of Waller left unfinished by the late John Safford.


 


In Search of a Con Man

Join us on Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Road, Severna Park, MD, for a great case study of how to use the FAN (friends, associates, neighbors) club approach to break down your brick walls and to verify information with DNA test results.
 
Carol Carman has been searching for the parents of her orphaned great grandfather since she began her family history research in the 1970s. She has made many trips to Allegan County, Michigan, where the family lived, to search vital, land, and probate records. She also followed a brother who homesteaded across the west through Iowa, Nebraska, Dakota Territory, Idaho, and Oregon. She examined Civil War pension files of all of the relatives and several of the neighbors. But finally this summer while preparing to get the help of a professional researcher she came across the con man who would lead to the solution of who the parents were – well almost anyway. And he was right there in Allegan County all along. 
 
Carol Carman has a BA from the University of Michigan and a masters in Library Science from the University of Wales (United Kingdom). She worked almost 40 years in libraries, the longest over 27 years for the Maryland General Assembly.
 
PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE FOR THIS MEETING
Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146
 



Caring For Family Papers and Personal Archives

Join us on Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, as Andrea Briggs tells us how we can care for and preserve our family papers and keepsakes.
 
This program will cover basic archival preservation techniques and strategies to best care for materials at home, such as scrapbooks, photographs, newspapers, and family bibles.
 
Andrea Briggs is the Archivist & Special Collections Librarian at McDaniel College in Westminster, Carroll County. She also has a background in preservation. Andrea received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and is a proud alumna of McDaniel College. 
 

 


New Member Benefit in Readings Online

Two of our publications, Anne Arundel County, MD Wills Index 1777-1918, and Anne Arundel County, MD Marriage Records 1777-1877, are now available to our members in searchable pdf format. The Wills Index provides an alphabetical list of the primary persons in each of the Anne Arundel County (Maryland) will records between 1778 and 1918, and contains the names of over 3,700 persons, the book number and page number where the record is located at the Maryland State Archives, and the year of the record. The Marriage Index is an index for brides, with 4,736 marriage records.
 
Click on the links above to preview these publications. Members can access complete copies in Readings Online after logging in to our website. And in case you missed it, pdf copies of The Old Stone House, by Margaret Sparrow, and Louisa C. McPherson's Book, edited by Ray Ringgold and indexed by Audrey Bagby, are already available to our members in Readings Online.
 
If you prefer hard copies of the Wills Index or Marriage Records, you can still purchase them for $5 in our Store, while supplies last.
 

 


DNA Bootcamps

Are you just getting started with DNA? Or is your DNA research at a standstill becuase you just don't know how to start weeding through your hundreds (or thousands) of second, third, and fourth cousins. Well if you're an AAGS member, do we have a member benefit for you!
 
AAGS members now have access to six DNA Bootcamps, presented by genetic genealogist Mary Eberle and genealogist and blogger Thomas MacEntee, on the following topics:
  • Getting Started with DNA and Genealogy
  • Additional DNA Tools and Concepts
  • Interpreting Your AncestryDNA Results
  • Interpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe Results
  • Solving Family Mysteries with DNA
  • Finding Birth Families Using DNA
Each Bootcamp includes two webinar recordings and several handouts. The Bootcamps are only accessible to our members who are logged in to our website. Once you have logged in, a new item, "DNA Bootcamps",  will appear on the menu to the left. Click on it to access the Bootcamps. If you have any trouble logging in to our site or accessing the Bootcamps, please contact us at web@aagensoc.org. We also welcome your feedback on the Bootcamps, and your suggestions for future member benefits.
 

 


New AAGS Publication - Abstracts of Land Records Anne Arundel County, Maryland (Volume 8)
 
This is the eighth volume of a series started by the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. It covers the period of 1754-1763. While the title is Abstracts of Land Records there is much more than just land transactions in these volumes. They include all the transactions recorded by the court clerk. The abstracts of land transactions include basic information including; grantor, grantee, date of deed and of recordation; consideration paid, and release of dower. Many of the transactions are not sales but what today we would call a mortgage or a loan. Collateral for such loans were the land, indentured servants, slaves, animals, and other items of value. Other actions recorded include the finding of stray horses, the ships and freight rates for sending tobacco to London, the release of soldiers, and other matters. Some of the transactions were carried out in Great Britain or other Maryland counties but involve current or former Anne Arundel County residents or property in the county.
 
Abstracts of Land Records, Volume 8 can be purchased on Amazon.com. Click here to buy your copy.
 



Planning to Visit 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.  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 October 2018, 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 just reached 521 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!