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 over 4,000 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 and historical research.
Interested in the latest additions to our website? Check out our What's New ? page.
An Early African-American Quaker - Journey From North Carolina to Home
Margo had only a handful of stories and a few names her mother remembered from her childhood about her family's home in Asheboro, North Carolina. Her research helped her to make contact with long lost relatives and a pilgrimage "home" with her mother in 1982. Continued research not only at the National Archives but in many other records uncovered information that her fourth great grandfather was the only African American Quaker in the state of North Carolina when he died in 1850.
Margo Lee Williams was born in New York. She holds an MA in Sociology and an MA in Religious Education. She developed an interest in genealogy early in life, but only after moving to Washington DC did she actively pursue family research. In the 30+ years since, she has researched and written extensively on her family, including her recently published book: Miles Lassiter (circa 1777-1850), an Early African American Quaker from Lassiter Mill, Randolph County, North Carolina: My Research Journey to Home, for which she received the 2012 “Award for Excellence in Publishing for a Book of Family History,” from the North Carolina Genealogical Society.
Margo is a well-known lecturer for the Family History Centers of the LDS Church in the Washington, DC area, a former editor of the Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and through her private research company, Personal Prologue, has developed expertise in identifying heirs for intestate probates. She is currently a National Service Officer with Vietnam Veterans of America. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Using the mdlandrec.net Website
Land records can be a vital source of genealogical information. Join us on Thursday, April 2 at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, Maryland as Liz Coelho of the Maryland State Archives gives a demonstration on "How to Use the mdlandrec.net Website", which is free to use. This website is a digital repository for land records held by the Clerk of the Circuit Court offices of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.
Liz Coelho received her Masters of Library Science (Archives Track) from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2011. Her first position at the Maryland State Archives was with the Constituent and Interagency Services Department, which is responsible for maintaining the Maryland Land Record website and manning the Archives' Help Desk. Currently assigned to the Reference Department, Liz can be found most mornings out in the Search Room assisting patrons with a wide variety of interesting research goals. She also responds to reference questions sent via email to the Help Desk, and can be contacted at email@example.com.
AAGS Dinner and Elections - May 5, 2015
The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society cordially invites you to its 2015 Dinner and Elections.
Date: May 5, 2015, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
760 Ritchie Highway
Severna Park, MD 21146
Speaker: Dr. Glenn T. Johnson
Presentation: When Brave Men Shall Stand: Baltimore and Anne Arundel in 1814
- Eggplant Parmigiana
- Penne with Meatballs
- Chicken Marsala
- Shrimp Scampi
Includes bread, salad, and non-alcoholic drinks
Registration Deadline: April 28, 2015
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Jumpstart Your Genealogy Education
Have you set goals for your genealogy research in 2015? Do you know what you want to do, but you're not quite sure how to do it? Two of our members, Connie Sparrow and Carol Carman, will be teaching genealogy courses at Anne Arundel Community College this spring. Connie will be teaching "Intermediate Genealogy: Surfing the Internet" on Tuesday evenings (7:00-8:30), April 14, 21, and 28. Carol will be offering "Genealogy: Beyond the Names and Dates" on six Tuesday afternoons (2:30-4:30) between April 7 - May 12.
Samplers and Genealogy
Cindy Steinhoff will present “Samplers and Genealogy” on Thursday, June 4, at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, Maryland. Typically made by girls ranging in age from 6 to the mid-teens, samplers were a way to demonstrate stitching skills, as well as a creative outlet. For a genealogist, a sampler can provide clues to family history. In addition to the stitcher’s name and age, which are frequently found on samplers, girls often stitched names, birthdates, and death dates of family members. There may be family information written on the back of a framed sampler or photos tucked between the sampler and backboard.
Cindy will discuss genealogical research that she has done on some of her girls, including some current brick walls, and the samplers she will discuss will accompany her to the meeting. Expect to see a sampler made by a girl from a well-known Anne Arundel County family, and another that may be an Anne Arundel County brick wall.
Cynthia Steinhoff is a sampler enthusiast and collector. She uses research skills honed through nearly 40 years as a librarian to research the sampler stitchers, their families, and their places in the history. Cindy is the director of the library at Anne Arundel Community College, where she has worked for almost 32 years. She has served as director since 2000. Cindy earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science degree in Library Science from Clarion University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Baltimore. She is a member of the board of the Association of College and Research Libraries and a member of several needlework groups: Embroiders Guild of America, Loudoun Sampler Guild, and Annapolis Historic Needlework Guild. She volunteers on a project to discover and document samplers made in Delaware or by Delaware girls. In 2013, she served as copyeditor and wrote several sections in Wrought With Careful Hand: Ties of Kinship on Delaware Samplers, the catalog that accompanied an exhibition of 60 Delaware samplers at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware. She spoke at the symposium held in conjunction with the exhibit, presenting a case study of a sampler in the exhibit that she researched and conducting a half-day workshop on genealogical research. She currently works as a researcher, writer and editor with an independent textiles historian who is writing a monograph about Delaware samplers.
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’ve started with about 3,400 Anne Arundel County obituaries from the Maryland Gazette, Annapolis Capital, Sunday Capital, and the Baltimore Sun for the year 2004. 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 on 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 February 2015 there are more than 4,800 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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