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.
African American Genealogy Research at the Maryland Archives
Join us on Thursday, February 1 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, as Chris Haley discusses African American resources at the Maryland State Archives, both on-site and online.
Chris Haley is Director of Research for the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland at the Maryland State Archives and Director of the Utopia Film Festival in Prince George's County. Additionally, he has served on the following boards: Annapolis Film Festival, Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Historic London Town Foundation, Jake Savage Foundation and the Annapolis Arts Alliance Foundation. His script for the 2004 The RECONCILIATION WALK for SLAVERY and PENITENCE held in Annapolis on September 29 helped garner the Maryland Tourism Council Global Marketing Award for the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation. He has spoken on genealogy, African American history and self-empowerment on many occasions including: the 2002 African American Genealogical Conference in Los Angeles, California, the 2000 Millennium of Ethiopia Celebration in Washington, DC, the 2008 and 2007 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conventions, the 2013 Texas Library Association, the 2014 Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society in Nashville, Tennessee, 2014 Presidents' Day Address in the Maryland Old House of Delegates Chamber and at the 2016 International Roots Festival in The Gambia. As an actor, performer and writer he has appeared on HBO’s The Wire, TV ONE's For My Man, the PBS Special, Partners of The Heart, and in productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Six Degrees of Separation and Godspell, written the radio play The Courtship of Jo and Eddie, poetry book, Obsessions, both published in 1998, and several short films including The Studio which garnered him a 2001 Individual Artist's Award from the Anne Arundel County Arts Council. The story of his DNA test that resulted in his discovery and reunion with relatives from the British Isles in 2009 was covered by innumerable news outlets including USA Today and the Huffington Post.
The Girl With Two Mothers
On Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Anne Sundermann will present her journey to locate her birth family and her roots. She will discuss the use of adoption records and the difficulties she encountered. Her search included the use of a variety of online resources, DNA testing, and the assistance of post-adoption search services. Her discovery led to a reunion with her birth family and her roots in Ireland. Come and learn more about how to research adoptions.
What's New at FamilySearch
Join us on Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, as Michael Butterworth tells us about the new features offered by FamilySearch.
Michael's presentation will cover:
Home Page after Login - FamilySearch has updated the home page to make it a more personalized experience.
Access to Records at FamilySearch - How does FamilySearch negotiate the rights for records and how can you view those records.
Search Records at Home - Over the past several years, FamilySearch has been digitizing these records and publishing them online for people to search and view from their own homes. As of September 2017, you can no longer order microfilms or microfiche from FamilySearch.org, making the shift to digitized records complete.
FamilySearch Places - The places our ancestors lived shaped their lives and experiences. To find our ancestors and understand their lives, we need to learn about the places they came from.
Map Your Ancestors - The Family Tree app recently added a feature that, in some cases, can help show where your ancestors have lived by allowing you to map key events in your ancestors’ lives directly in the app.
Michael Butterworth is a systems engineer by day for a local defense contractor and a volunteer Director at the Annapolis Family History Center in his spare time. It is computers that tie these two activities together. Michael’s interest in computers began in the early 1980’s and he decided to get a computer science degree from East Tennessee State University. From there Michael headed west to a job with McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company (MDHC) in Mesa Arizona working on Apache Helicopter flight simulators. Michael earned an MBA from Western International University while at MDHC. Later, when working on the US Army’s M1 Abrams tank simulators in Orlando Florida, Michael started using PAF from Family Search, many family group sheets his mother had given him, and the internet to start recording his own family history tree. Now, Michael loves to share his knowledge and talent of how computers and the internet can be used to do genealogy with others. Michael enjoys presenting the benefits of FamilySearch and the Annapolis Family History Center and hopes it will help others with their own research.
Databases at the Maryland State Law Library
The Maryland State Law Library has announced the addition of three database subscriptions that may be of interest to local historians and genealogists:
Ancestry – Library Edition (distributed by ProQuest; subscription available now)
This version of the popular Ancestry.com website is designed especially for use by libraries, providing a genealogy collection of more than 200 billion images in 7,000 unique sub-databases. The material covers North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Content includes censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, and maps.
African American Heritage (distributed by ProQuest; subscription begins November 1)
This newly released database is devoted to African American family history research. Content includes census records, vital records, freedman and slave records, church records, legal records, and military records.
Slavery in America & the World: History, Culture, & Law (a new sub-database of HeinOnline; subscription available now)
Also released recently, this database provides access to slavery statutes, slavery cases, scholarly articles, historical pamphlets, and other documents related to the history of slavery.
All of these databases may be accessed by the public at no charge when visiting the Maryland State Law Library. Patrons may use public computer stations, or may bring their personal laptops to conduct their research in the library using Wi-Fi. Documents may be printed (fifty cents per page) or may be saved to flash drive (no charge). Laptop users may download documents to their devices (no charge). The Maryland State Law Library also maintains a print collection of Maryland history and genealogy titles. The library’s online catalog is available for viewing at http://lawlib.state.md.us. Visitor information, including hours and parking directions, is available at http://www.lawlib.state.md.us/aboutus/directions.html.
The Library, located at 361 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, is open to the public six days a week, M/W/F 8:00am – 4:30pm; Tu/Th 8:00am – 9:00pm; and Sat 9:00am-4:00pm.
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. Recent additions include Louisa C McPherson's Book (1787-1924), and church records from Severn Parish (1889-1930), Trinity Methodist Church (1882-1970), and West River Circuit (1858-1931).
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 email@example.com.
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 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 August 2017, 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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