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.
Meeting location for our February meeting.
Because of scheduling changes at Anne Arundel Community College, we will meet in a different building and room from time to time. Our February 6, 2020, meeting will be in Room 207 in the Cade Building on the AACC Arnold Campus. Park in the same lot where we have been parking. The meeting room opens at 7:00 pm, and the program starts promptly at 7:30 pm, ending at 9:00 pm. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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Anne Arundel County Probate Index
The Maryland State Archives is participating in a joint project with the Comptroller of the Treasury, the Registers of Wills, and FamilySearch to have the state's probate records from 1634 to 1940 indexed, scanned, and made available online. Volunteers are preparing the documents for scanning, and indexing the records. Scanned records from this project have already started to appear on the FamilySearch website, but they are not yet indexed. In the meantime, once scanning is completed for a county, the Maryland State Archives and FamilySearch are making the associated index available for researchers.
Scanning of Anne Arundel County probate records has recently been completed. We are excited to make the Anne Arundel County Probate Record Index available to everyone researching their Anne Arundel ancestors at the Maryland Archives. Review this index before you visit the Archives to identify the specific probate documents relating to your ancestors.
Indexes have also been completed for Caroline, Carroll, and Baltimore counties. They are available on the Maryland Genealogical Society website.
Check here for more information about volunteer opportunities at the Maryland Archives.
A Genetic Genealogy Study of the Early Founders of Colonial Maryland and their Contemporary Descendants
On February 6, join us at Anne Arundel Community College, Cade Building, Room 207, to hear about a project that combines DNA and Anne Arundel County genealogy. Tom Watkins, an attorney from Texas, and Paul Watkins, a geneticist from California, are fifth cousins who met through genealogy research and discovered a common interest in their Watkins ancestors from Anne Arundel County. They started a genetic genealogy project to identify the descendants of the original founders of the county and to compare their DNA to see if any traits could be discovered. In addition to Watkins, other names in their study include Dorsey, Worthington, Howard, Ridgely, Griffith, and Benson.
AA County Citizen Preservation Stewardship Program
Until the 20th century, it was common to establish small family cemeteries on private land. These cemeteries hold an important place in the history of our communities. They represent the resting place of those who made Anne Arundel County the place it is today. The names on the headstones are often the same names given to nearby towns, roads, and landmarks. Unfortunately, unchecked development and vandalism are destroying these important cultural resources.
Anne Arundel has the largest number of cemeteries and the oldest tombstones in Maryland. County regulations do not allow cemeteries to be moved from their original location. To preserve these records of the past, and to respect the final resting places of our ancestors, we need your help documenting the current condition of cemeteries in Anne Arundel County.
Join Anne Arundel County’s Citizen Preservation Stewardship Program to help document and preserve the history of Anne Arundel County. For more information see this flyer, or visit aacounty.org/cemeteries.
New AAGS Publications
Grave Matters: Cemetery Inscriptions, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Volumes 1, 2, and 3 provide tombstone inscriptions, and, in some cases, additional information obtained from cemetery records, verbal conversations, privately published records, government records, individuals familiar with the sites, and family members. These books focus on the non-commercial cemeteries north of Route 50 in the county.
Volume 1 contains information on 92 cemeteries in Annapolis Junction, BWI Airport, Ft. Meade, Hanover, Harmans, Jessup, Laurel, Severn, and several sites just beyond the county border.
Volume 2 contains information on 45 cemeteries in Brooklyn, Curtis Bay, Glen Burnie, Linthicum, Millersville, and Odenton.
Volume 3 contains information on 69 cemeteries in Arnold, Crofton, Crownsville, Gambrills, Pasadena, and Severna Park.
The books are fully indexed by surname and maiden name. Alternate cemetery names are also included. All three books can be purchased on Amazon for $25 each. A limited number will be available at the Kuethe Genealogical and Historical Library in Glen Burnie for $25.00 each, or for a reduced price of $60 for the three volume set.
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.
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 email@example.com. We also welcome your feedback on the Bootcamps, and your suggestions for future member benefits.
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 December 2019, 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!