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.
Estate Records at the Maryland Archives - What's In Those Files?
On Thursday, January 7, 7:30 pm, at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Carol Petranek will introduce us to the Estate Records held at the Maryland Archives.
The Maryland Archives is the official repository of estate and probate records which have been received from the County Clerk Offices. These record collections, which are rich in genealogical information, are often overlooked by researchers. FamilySearch is partnering with the Maryland Archives to digitize estate files, some of which go back to the late 1600’s. A team of volunteers is preparing these documents for digitization, and this class is based on the records we are processing. We will review a sampling of various document collections that can be found in estate files, and examine the different types of genealogical information which can be extracted by researchers.
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.
Coming to the Table to Address the History & Legacy of Slavery
On Thursday, February 4, 7:30 [m at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Jane Carrigan, Lynda Davis, and Rusty Vaughan will discuss how their genealogical pursuits led them to Coming to the Table and how Coming to the Table has helped them address the history and legacy of slavery.
Coming to the Table (CTTT) is a national organization whose mission is to “provide leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.” It was founded by descendants of both enslavers and enslaved people in partnership with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It was inspired by the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said in his 1963 March on Washington speech “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.” The vision of Coming to the Table is “of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past—from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned.” CTTT’s approach to achieving its vision and mission involves four interrelated practices: facing and uncovering history; making connections; working toward healing; and taking action.
Jewish Genealogy: How to Start, Where to Look, What’s Available
On Thursday, March 3, 7:30 pm at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD, Lara Diamond will give a comprehensive overview of genealogy resources available for Jewish genealogy. The presentation will include online sources and documents not yet online for both the U.S. and Europe; she will also cover some basic knowledge critical to researching one's Jewish roots.
Lara has been researching her family since she was a teenager and has documentation for her family going back multiple generations in Eastern Europe. She is President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and has given genealogy-related talks at international and local venues. She regularly posts on her mostly Eastern European family at larasgenealogy.blogspot.com.
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 just 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 email@example.com.
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 a visit to the Kuethe Library?
You can make the most of your time by doing some research online before you arrive. Almost 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 - 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 October 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.
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