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.
 

 


New AAGS Member Benefit - DNA Bootcamps

Are you depressed because you missed National DNA Day (April 25) and the great sales offered by all of the major DNA testing companies? 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.
 

 


Strawberry Festival at Benson Hammond House

Saturday, June 23
Benson Hammond House, 7101 Aviation Blvd, Linthicum, MD 21090

Come celebrate all things "strawberry" on the grounds of the historic Benson Hammond House. Take a tour of the House. Hand-crafted & hand-produced (plants/honey products) items and antiques for sale, live entertainment, food, used book sale. Stop by the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society and other local groups' information tables. Rain date is Sunday, June 3. Sponsored by the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society.

 


 


Maryland State Archives Special Collections–Beyond the Basics

Join us on Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, as Maria Day presents "Maryland State Archives Special Collections - Beyond the Basics".

Director of Special Collections and Conservation, Maria Day, will give you a taste of culturally-significant records available in the Archives' holdings and reveal a few key methods towards accessing them.

Maryland State Archives Department of Special Collections preserves the State's holdings of private documents and culturally-significant records. Many family historians rarely have the time to delve deeper than the digitized newspapers and church records on microfilm, but the department maintains over 6200 individual collections that have wide diversity in format, size, and information. Personal papers contain family secrets within fragile diaries and manuscript letters. Illustrated–and sometimes hand-drawn–maps tell stories about the growth of population and industrialization of our state. Governors and public officials have left documents that reveal their character and family life, in addition to their public personae. Other collections are preserved in now-historic technologies: from LP records to audio CDs; daguerreotypes to inkjet prints; floppy disks to "born-digital" files. 


 


An Introduction to DAR Online Resources

On Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD,  Pamela Baster will give an overview of the resources available on the DAR Library’s Genealogical Research System, known as the GRS. She will describe the different resources that can be used at home and how access at home differs from access at the DAR Headquarters in Washington DC. She will present tips and tricks on how to make the most of your research from home, and when to decide it’s time to go to the DAR Library for an in-person visit.
 
Pamela Baster is the manuscripts curator for the DAR Library's manuscript collections. She studied history at Grove City College then graduated from the University of Maryland with her MLS and a concentration in Archives and Digital Curation. She has worked at the DAR for the past 3 years. One of her favorite aspects of her job is adding new family Bibles to the DAR Collections. Pamela has wanted to be an archivist since she did a genealogy project when she was 13 years old and learned her family had held on to family papers dating to before the Civil War.

 


 


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.
 



Readings Online Update

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 nowWe started Readings Online in November 2013 with about 30 Anne Arundel County Will Abstracts (1780-1787) contributed by Robert Barnes. 
 
To date, Readings Online includes:
  • Anne Arundel County Will Abstracts (1780-1797)  
  • Anne Arundel County Deaths, Marriages, Interesting Bits from the Baltimore Sun newspaper (1837-1950)  
  • Links to entries from the Anne Arundel Advertiser newspaper Marriage Licenses, Divorces, Applications for Liquor Licenses, The Oyster Navy, Game Wardens, and Local Licensers of Explosives
  • Anne Arundel Land Commissions Estate Records (1811-1829) 
  • Anne Arundel Circuit of the Methodist Protestant Church 
  • Louisa C. MacPherson’s Book - Journal entries (1787 to 1924)
  • Severn Circuit Methodist Episcopal Church Records (1881-1906)
  • Severn Parish Families, Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (1889-1930)
  • The Old Stone House by Margaret Sparrow
  • Trinity Methodist Church - South  (1882-1970)
  • West River Circuit Methodist Episcopal Church Baptisms and Marriages (1858-1931)
We will continue to add content as it becomes available. If you have material you would like to contribute to Readings Online, contact us at web@aagensoc.org.
 



NOW AVAILABLE

 

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 May 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!