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.
The Kuethe Library will be closed from June 29 - July 1 for the 4th of July holiday.
The library will also be closed from July 27 - August 5 during the Glen Burnie Carnival. During this time you may make an appointment by emailing email@example.com and they will accommodate you, if possible.
Cemetery Inscription Day-Glen Haven Memorial Park
Join us on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Glen Haven Memorial Park, 7215 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD for our summer Cemetery Inscription Day. Help us transcribe information from tombstones and grave markers for use in genealogy research.
In addition to our usual manual transcription, this is the first time we will be using the BillionGraves app to record cemetery data. If you want to use the app, be sure to download it to your phone and set up an account. If you have questions, please contact Tina Simmons at the phone number below.
Dig Up Your Ancestors Online: Search Strategies
Are you missing ancestors in your family history? Have you hit a brick wall? On Thursday, July 6th at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Eileen Souza will help us optimize our Ancestry.com and Google search strategies. Some of these search tips and tricks may help you!
Ancestry.com and Google are two of the most popular sites accessed by folks searching for information about their ancestors, but these sites vary significantly in how their search engines operate. Understanding the differences will greatly improve the chances of obtaining the desired results.
This presentation will cover search strategies and tips that will make your searches more effective, providing results that are more accurate. It will also focus on specific techniques that will optimize your Ancestry.com and Google searches.
Eileen Souza, PLCGS, owner of Old Bones Genealogy, is a professional genealogist who specializes in Maryland research. She is president of the Carroll County Genealogical Society, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the Maryland Genealogical Society and other local business and genealogical societies. Eileen is a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, earning a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Research and a graduate of the ProGen Study Group. Eileen is the author of Research in Carroll County, published in the August 2012 issue of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal.
Y-DNA and Genetic Genealogy: A Personal Experience
Would you like to learn more about DNA? On Thursday, August 3rd at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Robert Lumsden will share his experiences with Y-DNA testing and discuss its strengths and limitations for genealogical research.
Y-DNA can be a useful tool in genealogy, but it cannot tell you who your ancestors were. Y-DNA is passed from father to son relatively unchanged for generations. Living males who match can often identify a common ancestor by sharing genealogical research. Personal experience with a surname project through Family Tree DNA has revealed distant cousins world-wide, but has yet to reveal a common ancestor in Scotland. Surname projects have also provided valuable leads to genealogical information, and can be coupled with other DNA test results to find matches willing to share genealogical information.
Robert Lumsden is a Washington, D.C. native who grew up in Falls Church, Virginia. He had a 34 year career as a research scientist at the USDA, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Prince Georges County. He retired in 2001. Robert lived in Bowie for 40 years, and then in Healthsville, in Virginia's Northern Neck, and now resides in Heritage Harbour, Annapolis. Since retirement, he was a part time consultant with the World Cocoa Foundation in Washington, D.C., but has devoted much of his time to volunteering at Historic Christ Church & Museum and Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library in Lancaster County, Virginia, and with the Prince Georges County Genealogical Society. Robert is a recent member of Anne Arundel Genealogical Society and pursues the genealogies of many family lines in Southern Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
New 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 February 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.
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 400 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!