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 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.
Save the Date - AAGS Fall Seminar
On Saturday, October 27. 2018, AAGS will hold our Fall Seminar, featuring James Tanner, genealogy blogger and lecturer, speaking on Migration Patterns of Our Ancestors. James has more than thirty years' experience in law, computers, and over thirty years experience as a research genealogist.
Explore the background and context of historical migration patterns in America that can explain how and why your ancestors settled in a particular area of the United States after immigrating from another country. Since the existence of a migration route is embedded in the historical context of the time, understanding any particular migration route involves a study of both the pertinent history and applicable geography.
Stay tuned for more details and registration information - coming soon.
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.
Join us on Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, as Cybthia Steinhoff presents "Quaker Genealogy". This presentation will focus on using Quaker Meeting records and other sources.
Cynthia Steinhoff is the director of the library at Anne Arundel Community College, where she has been a member of the faculty for almost 35 years. A graduate of Edinboro State College (now Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), she also holds a Master of Library Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Baltimore.
Cynthia began researching her own family about fifteen years ago, using research skills honed through more than 40 years as a librarian, and now does genealogical research relating to girls who stitched samplers in the late 1700s through the 1850s, both pieces in her own collection and others. She contributed to and copyedited Wrought With Careful Hand: Ties of Kinship on Delaware Samplers, the catalog that accompanied an exhibition of 60 Delaware samplers at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware in 2013 and is co-author of the forthcoming work Delaware Discoveries: Girlhood Embroidery, 1750-1850. Her interest in and experience with Quaker genealogy comes from researching girls from Quaker families who made samplers in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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