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.
Register below for our 2018 Spring Seminar, April 7, 2018 - "Using DNA to Further Your Family Research."
Check our new, lower publications prices in our Store.


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.

What's New at FamilySearch

Join us on Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, as Michael Butterworth tells us about the new features offered by FamilySearch.
Michael's presentation will cover:
Home Page after Login - FamilySearch has updated the home page to make it a more personalized experience.
Access to Records at FamilySearch - How does FamilySearch negotiate the rights for records and how can you view those records.
Search Records at Home - Over the past several years, FamilySearch has been digitizing these records and publishing them online for people to search and view from their own homes. As of September 2017, you can no longer order microfilms or microfiche from, making the shift to digitized records complete.
FamilySearch Places - The places our ancestors lived shaped their lives and experiences. To find our ancestors and understand their lives, we need to learn about the places they came from.
Map Your Ancestors - The Family Tree app recently added a feature that, in some cases, can help show where your ancestors have lived by allowing you to map key events in your ancestors’ lives directly in the app.
Michael Butterworth is a systems engineer by day for a local defense contractor and a volunteer Director at the Annapolis Family History Center in his spare time. It is computers that tie these two activities together. Michael’s interest in computers began in the early 1980’s and he decided to get a computer science degree from East Tennessee State University. From there Michael headed west to a job with McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company (MDHC) in Mesa Arizona working on Apache Helicopter flight simulators. Michael earned an MBA from Western International University while at MDHC. Later, when working on the US Army’s M1 Abrams tank simulators in Orlando Florida, Michael started using PAF from Family Search, many family group sheets his mother had given him, and the internet to start recording his own family history tree. Now, Michael loves to share his knowledge and talent of how computers and the internet can be used to do genealogy with others. Michael enjoys presenting the benefits of FamilySearch and the Annapolis Family History Center and hopes it will help others with their own research.

AAGS 2018 Spring Seminar
Using DNA to Further Your Family Research
Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 09:00am - 1:30pm
Location: Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Highway South, Glen Burnie, MD
Presenter: Andrew Hochreiter, Genetic Genealogist
9:00 - 9:15       Registration (Coffee, tea, water, and pastries included)
9:15 - 9:30       Welcome and Introductions
9:30 - 10:15     Basics of DNA
10:30 - 11:15   Analyzing Your DNA Results
11:30 - 12:15   Using Test Results to Find Relatives
12:30 - 1:15     Using DNA Data to Solve Family Problems
Andrew Hochreiter is a genetic genealogist who manages multiple DNA surname projects and has successfully applied DNA testing to trace several related family branches overseas. He has more than 28 years of experience in genealogical research and has been involved in genetic genealogy for 12 years. Mr. Hochreiter teaches continuing education courses in basic and advanced genetic genealogy at Howard Community College, and is a facilitator for the genetic genealogy module for the online genealogical research course at Boston University.
Registration is $30 for AAGS and AACHS members and $40 for non-members if received or postmarked by March 31, 2018.
Late and same-day registrations cost an additional $5, and will be accommodated as space permits.
Pay by credit card or PayPal online below, or download and mail a registration form with a check, payable to AAGS, to:
Treasurer, AAGS, P.O. Box 1553, Glen Burnie, MD 21060
AAGS 2018 Spring Seminar Registration


AAGS 2018 Dinner and Elections

The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society cordially invites you to its 2018 Dinner and Elections.

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: Cash Bar at 6:30pm                            Location:  Cafe Mezzanotte
            Dinner at 7:00pm                                                 760 Ritchie Highway
            Program at 8:00pm                                               Severna Park, MD  21146
            Event concludes at 9:30pm                                  (410) 647-1100
                                               Speaker: David Hildebrand
                                                      Musical Maryland
                              A Book Talk/Mini Concert on Music in Maryland
Professional musician and adjunct Peabody instructor, Dr. David Hildebrand, discusses and performs live music from his co-authored "Musical Maryland: A History of Song and Performance from the Colonial Period to the Age of Radio."
Dinner Choices:
     - Eggplant Parmigiana
     - Penne with Meatballs
     - Chicken Marsala
     - Shrimp Scampi
Includes bread, salad, and non-alcoholic drinks
Cost:  $40   
Registration Deadline: April 26, 2018
To register online using PayPal or a credit card, make a dinner selection and click on the “Add to Cart” button below.  To pay for more than one dinner, please choose :"Continue shopping" in "Your shopping cart" to go back and add each dinner to your cart. Review your cart, then "Check Out." If you have any special needs, add "special instructions to the seller" where indicated on the "Review Your Information" page at final checkout.
Please Make a Dinner Selection
To register by mail, click here for a registration form to fill in and mail.


Readings Online Update

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 nowWe started Readings Online in November 2013 with about 30 Anne Arundel County Will Abstracts (1780-1787) contributed by Robert Barnes. 
To date, Readings Online includes:
  • Anne Arundel County Will Abstracts (1780-1797)  
  • Anne Arundel County Deaths, Marriages, Interesting Bits from the Baltimore Sun newspaper (1837-1950)  
  • Links to entries from the Anne Arundel Advertiser newspaper Marriage Licenses, Divorces, Applications for Liquor Licenses, The Oyster Navy, Game Wardens, and Local Licensers of Explosives
  • Anne Arundel Land Commissions Estate Records (1811-1829) 
  • Anne Arundel Circuit of the Methodist Protestant Church 
  • Louisa C. MacPherson’s Book - Journal entries (1787 to 1924)
  • Severn Circuit Methodist Episcopal Church Records (1881-1906)
  • Severn Parish Families, Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (1889-1930)
  • The Old Stone House by Margaret Sparrow
  • Trinity Methodist Church - South  (1882-1970)
  • West River Circuit Methodist Episcopal Church Baptisms and Marriages (1858-1931)
We will continue to add content as it becomes available. If you have material you would like to contribute to Readings Online, contact us at



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.


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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!