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.
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St. Mary's Church Civil War Genealogy


Join us on Thursday, March 2nd at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, as Dr. Robert Worden's talk about St. Mary's Church in Annapolis during the Civil War.
 
Robert Worden has spent the last seven years compiling a large amount of genealogical information from a wide variety of sources on some 1,400 individuals who were associated with St. Mary's Church in Annapolis during the Civil War period. Most were local people, black and white, slaves and slave-holders, but there also were many soldiers from the training camps, parole camps, and army hospitals. Come hear him discuss his findings and methodology.
 
Dr. Worden is the archivist of St. Mary's Parish in Annapolis. He earned a Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University in 1972 and worked for 34 years as a historian and supervisor at the Library of Congress, from which he retired in 2007. He is the author of the book "Saint Mary's Church in Annapolis, Maryland: A Sesquicentennial History, 1853-2003" and is now writing a book on the experiences of St. Mary's parishioners, clergy, and Catholic soldiers and sailors in Annapolis during the Civil War.

 


 


Social Media and Genealogy


The days of "Lone Ranger" research are over! Learn how to use an ever-increasing array of technological advances to extend your research networks, solve research problems, meet new "cousins" and collaborate with others. Don't miss Carol Petranek's talk on Social Media and Genealogy on Thursday, April 6th at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD.
 
Carol Kostakos Petranek serves as a Co-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 on the Civil War Widow's Pension Project and as a Genealogy Aid in the Research Room. Carol is the Volunteer Coordinator for a FamilySearch/Maryland Archive digitization project of Probate and Estate Records. Carol is immersed in researching her Greek ancestry and supporting the Greek genealogy community through her participation in websites, conferences and classes. She gives presentations on various genealogy topics, and writes and edits personal and family histories.  Carol and her husband, Gary, reside in Silver Spring, Maryland and are the parents of 4 children and 15 grandchildren.
 

 


Maryland Historical Society - We Are Maryland


From March through June 2017, the Maryland Historical Society is offering free weekend admission to visitors from counties throughout Maryland. 
 
Visitors from Anne Arundel County can enjoy FREE weekend admission to the Maryland Historical Society Museum plus other benefits in April 2017. In addition to free admission, benefits include highlights in the museum from your region of the state, a discount in the museum shop, a special membership offer, and a free genealogy workshop (on the 3rd Saturday of each month, starting at 9:00am).
 
Check out the flyers for the full schedule and details.
 
 

 


Finding Overseas Origins of Your English Ancestors


Are you having trouble finding the overseas origins of your English ancestors? On Thursday, June 1st at 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Bob Barnes will tell us about clues to overseas origins that can be found in American sources, clues to American origins in overseas sources, and a variety of helpful websites to aid your research.
 
Bob Barnes is a retired educator with Baltimore City Public Schools.  He has been doing research for over 60 years, and has written numerous books, articles, and book reviews. He is active in the Maryland Genealogical Society, the Baltimore County Genealogical Society, and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. He has a number of projects in the works, and has no plans to retire.
 



Intermediate Genealogy Class at AACC



 
INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY:  SURFING THE NET
Course #: WNI-302 section 201

Course Information:
Instructor Name: Connie Sparrow
Contact Information: connie.sparrow@verizon.net
Department Name:
Lifelong Learning/Women's Institute
Continuing Education and Workforce Development
Department Phone: 410-777-2807
Department Website:

Class schedule: Three Wednesday evenings: April 26 - May 10, 2016 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Location: Careers Center Building, Room 262, AACC Arnold Campus
Cost: $87.00 which includes a $15 fee

Course Overview:
  • Become comfortable searching Ancestry, Google, Cyndislist, Rootsweb, Facebook, and others.  
  • Find original and abstract records for military, land, census, cemetery, courts, archives, and libraries at the international, federal, regional, state, and local levels.
  • Identify, research, and join genealogical, lineage, religious, and ethnic societies.
  • This is an intermediate class.
Course Outline: Main topics by class session: (Bring a family name to research to each class!)
  • Session 1 (April 26): Search Engines
  • Session 2 (May 3): Find Records
  • Session 3 (May 10): Join Organizations
Refer to the current AACC College Catalog for additional information.
 
 


New Databases at the Maryland State Law Library


 
 
 
 
 
The Maryland State Law Library has announced the addition of three database subscriptions that may be of interest to local historians and genealogists:
 
Ancestry – Library Edition (distributed by ProQuest; subscription available now)
This version of the popular Ancestry.com website is designed especially for use by libraries, providing a genealogy collection of more than 200 billion images in 7,000 unique sub-databases. The material covers North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Content includes censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, and maps.
 
African American Heritage (distributed by ProQuest; subscription begins November 1)
This newly released database is devoted to African American family history research. Content includes census records, vital records, freedman and slave records, church records, legal records, and military records.
 
Slavery in America & the World: History, Culture, & Law (a new sub-database of HeinOnline; subscription available now)
Also released recently, this database provides access to slavery statutes, slavery cases, scholarly articles, historical pamphlets, and other documents related to the history of slavery.
 
All of these databases may be accessed by the public at no charge when visiting the Maryland State Law Library. Patrons may use public computer stations, or may bring their personal laptops to conduct their research in the library using Wi-Fi. Documents may be printed (fifty cents per page) or may be saved to flash drive (no charge). Laptop users may download documents to their devices (no charge). The Maryland State Law Library also maintains a print collection of Maryland history and genealogy titles. The library’s online catalog is available for viewing at http://lawlib.state.md.us. Visitor information, including hours and parking directions, is available at http://www.lawlib.state.md.us/aboutus/directions.html.
 
The Library, located at 361 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, is open to the public six days a week, M/W/F 8:00am – 4:30pm; Tu/Th 8:00am – 9:00pm; and Sat 9:00am-4:00pm.

 


 


Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites


The Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites has a new website and is interested in providing information about where to find burial information for all Maryland counties. If you know of libraries, historical or fraternal organizations, churches, or individuals with burial information, please contact Tina Simmons so this information can be added for everyone's use.
 

 


Readings Online Update


One of the benefits we offer our members is access to Readings Online. We started Readings Online in November 2013 with about 30 Anne Arundel County Will Abstracts (1780-1797) by Robert Barnes. Thanks to Mr. Barnes's continuing generosity, we now have nearly 150.  In May 2014, we added Anne Arundel Land Commissions Estate Records (1811-1829), abstracted by Mary Frazer. In December 2014, Audrey Bagby provided the first installment of Deaths, Marriages, and Interesting Bits from the Baltimore Sun, from 1837-1844. With her most recent contribution this month, this remarkable compilation now covers from 1837-1950. And thanks to Tina Simmons, with an assist from Audrey, we recently added the initial entry of a new section - Marriage Licenses from the Anne Arundel Advertiser newspaper, starting in 1908.  We will continue to look for and add new material to Readings Online as it becomes available.
 
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 now! If you have information you would like to contribute to Readings Online, contact us at web@aagensoc.org.
 



NOW AVAILABLE

 

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 February 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.
 
 

 


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 more than 370 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!