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 that 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.
Moving Tombstones at All Hallows and St. Anne’s
Join us at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 8 at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, Maryland, to hear Mike Parker present Moving Tombstones at All Hallows and St. Anne's. Come at 7:00 pm for refreshments and networking.
Between 1898 and 1926 ten colonial tombstones and an additional set of remains were moved from sites in rural Anne Arundel County to the churchyards of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis and All Hallows in Edgewater. Based upon new research at the Maryland Historical Society, this presentation will examine the groups and individuals who were responsible for these translations as well as the opposition they faced from by local landowners and other churches; chart the evolving motivations for the relocations; and finally, look at how the focus and techniques of moving tombstones changed over this thirty-year period.
A Maryland native, Mike Parker did his undergraduate and graduate work at Yale University before joining the faculty of the United States Naval Academy in 1979. A professor of English, he served as chair of the department from 1993 to 1997. Although his primary field of expertise is Renaissance literature, Parker has also cultivated a keen interest in Annapolis history, editing Elizabeth Anderson’s Annapolis: A Walk through History (1984) and writing Presidents Hill: Building an Annapolis Neighborhood (2005). He has also published articles on Annapolis writer and humorist William Oliver Stevens, the evolution of the Memorial Circle on the City Dock, and changing local funerary rituals over the past 200 years. Parker is now collaborating with Professor Timothy Raylor of Carleton College on the first modern edition of the seventeenth-century poet Edmund Waller for Oxford University Press.
Cedar Bluff Cemetery Raindate - Saturday, October 24, 2015
Join us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cedar Bluff Cemetery, Washington Street at Northwest Street, Annapolis, MD for our fall 2015 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.
In case of inclement weather, contact Tina Simmons at 410-978-7167.
Researching Your Civil War Soldier
On Thursday, November 5, 7:30 pm, at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Debra Hoffman will help us track down our Civil War ancestors.
Learn the resources for researching your Civil War soldier. Ms. Hoffman will present two case studies – one Union and one Confederate – to illustrate the information that can be found.
Specializing in Maryland research, Debra A. Hoffman is a professional genealogist and the owner of Hoffman Genealogical Services. She has a certificate in Family History from Brigham Young University and, since 2009 she has completed courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Debra serves on the boards of the Maryland Genealogical Society and the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and belongs to the William Winchester Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Now Online - Anne Arundel Obits
Check out the newest addition to our website - Anne Arundel Obits. This database, when complete, will provide an index to more than 30,000 obituaries dating back to the early 1960's that our volunteers have clipped and indexed over the years. The index is searchable by surname and by given name. The full obituaries can be found at the Kuethe Library. We're up to more than 14,000 Anne Arundel County obituaries from the Maryland Gazette, Annapolis Capital, Sunday Capital, and the Baltimore Sun for the years 2004 through 2007. Keep an eye out here for updates - we’ll be adding more soon!
Planning a visit to the Kuethe Library?
You can make the most of your time by doing some research online before you arrive. More than 4,800 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 - see the announcement just above. 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!
Individual Issues of Anne Arundel Readings Available for Sale
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.
To purchase copies of Anne Arundel Readings, visit our Store. All back issues are available on CD in fully searchable PDF format, and we are now pleased to offer individual issues for sale. Find out what topics are included in each issue by checking out the Readings Contents List. Ordering instructions for individual paper copies are posted in the Frequently Asked Questions section of our Forums page.
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 2015 there are almost 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. There are over 250 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!