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 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.


Building My Own Brick Wall and the Sledgehammer of Experience
Join us at 7:30 pm on Thursday, January 8 at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, Maryland, to hear Rebecca Koford present Building My Own Brick Wall and the Sledgehammer of Experience. Come at 7:00 pm for refreshments and networking.
It’s hard to know what you don't know, especially in your search to improve your research skills.  Join Rebecca as she explains some of the mistakes or missteps "baby genealogists" make as they work.  Rebecca will share her own experiences and mistakes and how overcoming them improved her research.  She will cover such subjects as research logs, maps, and the Internet.

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG,  is a board-certified professional genealogist with special emphasis in Maryland.  She has been interested in genealogy ever since the age of five, when she could read her parents’ collection of old handwritten family group sheets.  Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004.  She has spoken for the Maryland State Archives, Banneker-Douglas Museum in Annapolis, Maryland, Kensington Family History Conferences, Baltimore Family History Workshops, the York Family History Conference in Pennsylvania, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, and for groups in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Rebecca is a member of DAR, NGS, MDHS, NYG&B, and former Assistant Director of the Columbia Family History Center, and is a Certified Genealogist SM.  She was the Treasurer for the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and taught Beginning and Advanced Genealogy courses for Howard Community College until her move in 2010.  She now volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick.  She was coordinator for the 4th and 14th ProGen (peer-led group study of Mills’ book Professional Genealogy) and 16th  GenProof (peer-led group study of Jones’ book Mastering Genealogical Proof) online study groups and is currently enthusiastic about the Preserve the Pensions: War of 1812 project sponsored by FGS.  Rebecca is head genealogist for ReelTributes, a genealogical documentary company, and she invites you to view her monthly blog articles at  She lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with three active teenagers and a very patient husband.

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.


An Early African-American Quaker - Journey From North Carolina to Home
Join us on Thursday, March 5 at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, Maryland to hear Margo Lee Williams discuss 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.
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 saleFind 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 December 2014 there are more than 4,600 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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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  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!