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.
Getting Started in Genealogy: The Basics & Beyond
If you’re just starting out in genealogy, or if you’ve been at it for a while and are looking for some tips to improve your research, our program on September 7 at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, is for you. Join us for Getting Started in Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond. At 7:30, we’ll start with three short talks:
- How to Get Started in Genealogy, by Carol Carman
- Evaluating Your Sources, by Cindy Steinhoff, and
- Organizing Your Finds, by Carol Carman
After the talks we will have tables open on a variety of topics, including Cemeteries, DNA, the Kuethe Library, and Publications. Join us for an interesting and informative evening. Learn from our speakers. Share your genealogical experiences. Find out how AAGS can help you with your genealogical research whether your ancestors lived in Anne Arundel County or elsewhere.
Italian Ancestors & Cousins: Finding Them Gets Easier All the Time
Join us on Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, as Joseph Smaldone tells us about how we can track down our Italian ancestors.
Joe Smaldone will provide an up-to-date review of how to access Italian records, especially online, with tips for effective searching. He will explain how to overcome language barriers in reading Italian records and how to use the internet to find new cousins and communicate with them. His talk will include lots of practical examples and personal experiences for illustration.
Coming to Baltimore: Immigrants Old and New
It is a little known story that, during 1830-1914, 1.5 million immigrants landed in Baltimore, America's third largest port of entry. On Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Nicholas Fessenden will describe the stories of the largest groups who came here, Germans, Irish, Jews, and Poles, and why they left their homeland and how they fashioned new lives in their adopted country.
Nicholas Fessenden taught History in the Upper School at Friends School of Baltimore (1972-2010) and also as an adjunct at Towson University, Maryland Institute of Art, and Community College of Baltimore County. Since his retirement from full-time teaching in 2010, he has served on the board of the Baltimore Immigration Museum, which just opened in May 2016, chronicling the story of Baltimore's immigration. He has also lectured at a variety of senior citizen facilities, civic organizations and clubs, including the Maryland Genealogical Society.
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 email@example.com.
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 August 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
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