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.
Interested in the latest additions to our website?  Check out our What's New ? page.
Check our new, lower publications prices in our Store.


Bonus Event for AAGS Members

Join fellow Anne Arundel Genealogical Society members for an introduction to the Gold Star Collection of research materials about Maryland, Anne Arundel County, and Annapolis history, genealogy, and culture on Monday, September 24, 2018, 2:30-3:30 PM.

This free event will be held at the temporary home for the Gold Star Collection, the Andrew G. Truxal Library at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC). The collection numbers just over 1000 books and usually resides at the Annapolis Branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library. While a new library is being built on the site of the old Annapolis Branch, the Gold Star Collection is available at AACC.

In addition to the books, the Gold Star Collection includes microfiche directories for Annapolis and some other areas in the county, and a small collection of pamphlets and other ephemeral materials housed in a filing cabinet. All materials are non-circulating and must be used in Truxal Library. Photocopiers are available.

Cynthia Steinhoff, director of the library at AACC and member of Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, will provide the introduction to the Gold Star Collection. Please contact her at or 410-777-2483 to make a reservation, or if you have questions about the program. 


Anne Arundel Genealogical Society Fall Seminar

How Did Great-Grandmother's Uncle Charlie End Up In Buffalo?
Migration Patterns After Your Ancestors Arrived in America
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Glen Burnie Improvement Association
19 South Crain Highway, Glen Burnie, MD  21061
9:00 A.M. – Noon
$25 – members     $35 – non-members
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Saturday, October 20, 2018

What happened to your ancestors after they arrived in America? There is an excellent chance that some members of your family migrated to other parts of the United States. Understanding migration patterns can help you to be more effective in researching your family history. Genealogist James Tanner will provide an overview of migration patterns within the United States and discuss details about common, well-documented migration paths, such as the Erie Canal, King's Road, Oregon Trail and others.

James Tanner has been doing genealogical research for more than 36 years. He currently serves as a FamilySearch Record Preservation Specialist on site at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis. James blogs about genealogy at Genealogy's Star (

James holds a law degree from Arizona State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish and master's degree in Linguistics. He worked as a trial lawyer in Arizona for 39 years. He served as a volunteer missionary at the Mesa (AZ) FamilySearch Library and the Brigham Young University Family History Library. He presents extensively at genealogy conferences and expos in the United States and Canada and has authored more than 25 books on genealogical research.

Register online using PayPal or credit card below. To register by check, download our registration form, make the check payable to Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, and mail it to Cindy Steinhoff, Program Chair, 516 Stockbridge Court, Severna Park, MD 21146.

AAGS 2018 Fall Seminar Registration


Cedar Bluff Cemetery Inscription Day

Join us on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 10 am to 1 pm at Cedar Bluff Cemetery, Washington Street at Northwest Street, Annapolis, MD for our first fall 2018 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 or 410-978-7167.

I Have My DNA Results - What's Next?

On Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Tom McCarriar will present "I Have My DNA Results - What's Next?"

You've had your DNA tested, but you don't really understand what the results mean. Or maybe you're just overwhelmed by your sheer number of matches and don’t know where to start. Tom McCarriar’s  presentation will help you understand your DNA results, and provide suggestions for how to identify and analyze your matches that are most likely to be genealogically relevant. We will focus on autosomal DNA, but may discuss Y and mitochondrial DNA, if time permits.

Tom McCarriar started doing genealogy research about 20 years ago, although he can’t believe it’s been that long. He has traced his McCarragher family from its emigration from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1814, through New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, to its arrival in Baltimore in about 1830. He is also researching his mother’s family in Georgia and his paternal grandmother’s family in Adams County, Pennsylvania.

Tom is a self-confessed math and computer science geek, so the scientific aspect of genetic genealogy has always appealed to him. He took his first DNA test in 2011 with FamilyTreeDNA, and has tested with all the major companies. Since he retired about three years ago, he has spent a lot of time learning about genetic genealogy, attending national conferences and institutes, taking online courses, and reading every book and blog post he can get his hands on.


Glen Haven Memorial Park Cemetery Inscription Day

Join us on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 10 am to 1 pm at Glen Haven Memorial Park, 7215 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD for our second fall Cemetery Inscription Day. Help us transcribe information from tombstones and grave markers for use in genealogy research.
In addition to our usual manual transcription, we will use the BillionGraves app to record cemetery data. If you want to use the app, download it to your phone and set up an account before you arrive. Before you arrive, make sure your phone is fully charged.
If you have questions, or in case of inclement weather, contact Tina Simmons at or 410-978-7167.



Preserving and Sharing the World's Records

On Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Carol Petranek will present "Preserving and Sharing the World's Records"

Major genealogy companies have embarked on a profound initiative: to preserve the world’s records that hold genealogical value, and to make them available to researchers in digital format. This is no easy task, and the scope is enormous, too big for any one organization. Carol Kostakos Petranek will discuss her experiences in digital preservation initiatives as a volunteer for MyHeritage in Greece and with FamilySearch at the Maryland Archives.

Carol Kostakos Petranek serves as an assistant director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center, where she coordinates classes, conferences and community outreach projects. She is a Citizen Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and volunteers as a genealogy aide in the Research Room. Carol is the volunteer coordinator for the FamilySearch/Maryland Archive digitization project of probate and estate records, and a volunteer for Greek records preservation at MyHeritage.


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.


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 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 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.


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  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!

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.