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.
Genealogy: Using DNA
On Thursday, February 5 at 7:30 at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, Maryland, Dr. Margaret McMahon will speak about DNA as it relates to genealogy. Learn about the types of DNA testing available for genealogists, the companies doing it, and how to use DNA in your genealogy research.
Margaret M. McMahon has always collected family stories. She has a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, with over thirty years of engineering experience, including being a college and graduate professor. She is an experienced presenter, speaking at national and international technical conferences. With the advent of parenthood, she turned her technical talents to researching her family’s genealogy. She is the author of "A Week of Genealogy" and "A Weekend of Genealogy".
Dr. McMahon has been an invited speaker at genealogical societies in the Washington DC and Baltimore areas and several branches of the Anne Arundel County Public Library. Her lectures and classes have been well received. Some recent topics were: Google for Genealogists; Social Networking for Genealogist; Census Research; Using Online Land Records; An Introduction to Using DNA in Genealogy; Using Online Genealogy Databases for Immigration, Military and Cemetery Records; and Beginning Genealogy. She is open to providing a presentation on other technical topics in genealogy. Letters of recommendation from past engagements are available on request.
She is a volunteer for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, and a member of the Society of the Naval Treaty. Her interests include playing ice hockey and needlework.
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 winter and spring. Connie will be teaching two courses: "Genealogy: Research Your Family Tree" on Saturday mornings (9:00-noon), February 21 and 28, and "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.
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.
Individual Issues of Anne Arundel Readings Now 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 January 2015 there are almost 4,700 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.
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!