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.
 
We are changing the location of our monthly meetings. The new meeting location will be posted here and in the AAGS Facebook Group, and emailed to all of our members before the July meeting. Also note that our July meeting will be on the second Thursday, July 11.
 
Our new three-volume set of Anne Arundel County Cemetery Inscriptions is now for sale on Amazon.
See below for details.
 
Interested in the latest additions to our website?  Check out our What's New ? page.
 
 

 


Cedar Bluff Cemetery Inscription Day

Join us on Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 10 am to 1 pm at Cedar Bluff Cemetery, Washington Street at Northwest Street, Annapolis, MD for our summer 2019 Cemetery Inscription Day.   Help us transcribe information from tombstones and grave markers for use in genealogy research.  We provide everything you need except a hat, sunscreen, and water. Suggested parking is on Northwest Street alongside St. Anne's Cemetery.
 
If you have questions, or in case of inclement weather, contact Tina Simmons at 410-978-7167.
 
 
 
 



Using Digital Books in Genealogical Research:  HathiTrust and Genealogy Connect

Join us on Thursday, July11 at 7:30 pm as Cindy Steinhoff, director of the Andrew G. Truxal Library at Anne Arundel Community College, introduces us to HathiTrust, a collection of more than 17 million digital books, and Genealogy Connect, a database of books available through the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL).

More than 6.5 million of the books in HathiTrust are in the public domain and available free of charge for anyone to use. The HathiTrust began in 2008 as collaborative project sponsored by the largest university libraries in the United States. Learn about materials in the HathiTrust database that can be useful in researching genealogy and how those resources not openly available can also assist in research. Genealogy Connect contains hundreds of books, many published by Genealogical Publishing Company and not openly available online. Learn how to access and search this valuable collection of research materials.

Cynthia Steinhoff has worked at AACC for nearly 36 years. She co-authored Delaware Discoveries: Girlhood Embroidery 1750-1850, published in April 2019, and extensively researched the family trees of young girls who produced the signed needlework pieces discussed in the book. She is First Vice President of Anne Arundel Genealogical Society and is active in the Maryland Library Association and other state and national library organizations. Cynthia holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a master of science degree in library science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a master of business administration degree from University of Baltimore.


 



Frederick County Public Library: Resources for Genealogy and History Research

On Thursday, August 1, at 7:30 pm, Mary Mannix, the Manager of the Maryland Room at Frederick County Public Library, will discuss resources available for researching Maryland and Frederick County genealogical and historical topics.

Mary Mannix graduated from Hood College with a degree in history and political science and went on to earn a master’s degree in America history at University of Delaware, as well as a certificate in museum studies. She later graduated from University of Maryland College Park with a master’s degree in library science. Mary received an award from the History Section of the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, in 2011, for her contributions to historical and genealogical librarianship. She was honored in 2015 by the Sergeant Lawrence Everhart Chapter of the Maryland Society of Sons of the American Revolution in Frederick for her service to lineage associations. Mary has been instrumental in contributing digital collections, including the Thomas Johnson Letters, to the Digital Maryland project. She has served as vice chair and meetings coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, as well as the Maryland state representative to the group.


 


African American History - Topic TBA

On Thursday, September 5, at 7:30 pm, Elinor Thompson, author and researcher, will speak on a topic relating to African American history in Anne Arundel County.

Elinor Thompson is the author of Nelson's Rest: Documenting Asbury Broadneck Historic Church Communities and Burial Grounds, published in 2014. She was the primary researcher who worked with other members of the church to write the history of the church, its cemetery, and its ministers. She was a founder of the Broadneck African-American Heritage Project, a repository for research done in conjunction with the book. Elinor also published In the 8th District, a book about the history of African American churches in southern Anne Arundel County. Ms. Thompson was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture in 2017.


 


New AAGS Publications Now Available

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 at a reduced price of $65 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.
 

 


DNA Bootcamps

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 web@aagensoc.org. 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 February 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!