Anne Arundel Genealogical Society

AAGS Publications

Anne Arundel Speaks, our quarterly newsletter, covers a range of topics of interest to beginning, intermediate, and expert genealogists alike. Each issue contains a feature article and news about our Society and its activities. Also featured are tips on genealogy resources on the Internet, book reviews, member queries, and current happenings in the local and national genealogical community. Speaks has been an informative newsletter since 1974. 
Click on the image to the right for a sample issue of Speaks. Issues of Speaks since 2008 are available online to members in the Members Only area. All back issues are available in our Store as a fully searchable pdf download. 
In 2020, Anne Arundel Speaks transitioned to an eNewsletter format. Under the guidance of our newsletter editor, Marilyn Moore, we published our first eNewsletter, AAGS Speaks in April 2020An eNewsletter provides greater flexibility and offers more relevant and timely content to our members. We also save about $1200 annually in printing and mailing costs - money that we can invest in programs and other member benefits. We welcome your suggestions on how to improve future editions of our eNewsletter. We encourage you to contribute to AAGS Speaks. Contact Marilyn at

Anne Arundel Readings
The first issue of Anne Arundel Readings appeared in January 1998. It proved to be a popular publication which offered valuable information for the genealogist. We have been pleased and proud to provide this benefit to our members, but fifteen years takes its toll on volunteers, be they editors or transcribers. Production and distribution costs continued to rise while a new era of electronic communication appeared on the scene.
Anne Arundel Readings, published twice yearly, provided material from a wide variety of Anne Arundel County sources covering the period from the establishment of the county to the early twentieth century. This 50+ page journal contained Civil War records, Bible records, family genealogies, and genealogical information from county newspapers. During its 15 year run, Readings published material important to the Anne Arundel County researcher. 
Click on the cover to the right for an example of the articles that were published in Anne Arundel Readings
Our Readings Contents List lists the Table of Contents for each issue of Readings published through Vol. 16, No. 1 (January 2013). Check it out - we may have published information about your ancestors you have been looking for. 
To purchase all 31 issues of Anne Arundel Readings as a searchable pdf download, visit our Store. You can also purchase pdf copies of individual issues here.
Readings Online  
We published our last print issue of Readings, Volume 16, No. 1, in January 2013. After looking into how best to continue this unique publication our members have come to expect, we started Readings Online, available on our website as a benefit to our members. Our initial offering was Anne Arundel County Will Abstracts provided by Robert Barnes. We have continued to add content as it becomes available. 
To date, Readings Online includes:
  • Anne Arundel County Will Abstracts (1780-1797)  
  • Anne Arundel County Deaths, Marriages, Interesting Bits from the Baltimore Sun newspaper (1837-1951) 
  • Anne Arundel County Marriage Records (1777-1877), compiled by John W. Powell
  • Anne Arundel County Wills Index (1777-1918), compiled by John W. Powell.
  • Anne Arundel County Civil War Draft 
  • Links to extracts 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)
If you have material that you believe would be suitable for publication in Readings Online, please submit it to