Anne Arundel Co. Genealogy

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Anne Arundel County, Maryland
First Settled During the Winter of 1649/1650

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Surname Registry

Bible Records
First Families
Cemetery Transcipts
Misc. Documents
Index to Daily Capital Death Notices for July and August 2002,July-Dec 2005, & Jan-June 2006

1870 Census Index
1880 Census Index
Archives of Maryland
Church Records

Archived Files
MD Tombstone Project
MSA's on-line death indexes

Welcome to Anne Arundel County USGenWeb/MdGenWeb site. The purpose of this site is to help you find ancestors who lived in Anne Arundel Co. Here is very general introduction into the origin of Anne Arundel County and a definition of the early Hundreds and Parish boundaries Note that Howard County was formed from the Howard District of Anne Arundel County in 1851, therefore early Howard County records were part of Anne Arundel Co. Also note that the boundary between Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County has changed over the years. Originally the south shore of the Patapsco River was in Baltimore Co., but in the 1720s the boundary was changed to the river iteself. In the 20th century part of Anne Arundel County, such as Brooklyn, was annexed into Baltimore City.

Information on How To Research In Anne Arundel County

To help find your roots in Anne Arundel County, check our Bibliography of books and publications with Anne Arundel Co genealogical information. To help you find materials we have prepared a list of vendors and publishers who carry books and other genealogical material. Also on this list is a periodical that contains Anne Arundel County genealogical material.
One good research publication is John Powell's compilation of the 1850 Census Anne Arundel County., MD published by the Anne Arundel County Genealogical Society..This is NOT an index, it is a transcript of the entire 1850 census for Anne Arundel County (including the Howard District).
A recent release from the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society is a book describing the locations of all known cemetery sites in Anne Arundel Co. check the Anne Arundel County Genealogical Web site for details.
One recent series of books that provide data on family genealogies is Mr. Robert McIntire's Annapolis Families Volume 1 and Volume 2. He was working on a third Volume. If you are interested in Mr. McIntire's volumes, which were privately published, please check our special notice on Annapolis Families.

Here are a few tips for searching for your ancestors in Anne Arundel County.

The address of the Anne Arundel County Genealogical Society is:
PO Box 221,
Pasadena Maryland, 21123.
Their Website URL is

The Anne Arundel County Historical Society address is PO Box 385, Linthicum, MD 21090. There is a historical and genealogical research center at the Kuethe Library, 5 Crain Highway S.E., Glen Burnie, MD 21061.

The Maryland Genealogical Society
201 W. Monument Street,
Baltimore, MD 21201-4674.
Publishes the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin Quarterly.

The Maryland Historical Society now has a web page. They have published a quarterly magazine Maryland Historical Magazinefor over 90 years The mail address for the Society is
201 W. Monument Street,
Baltimore MD 21201-4674.
A joint membership in the Maryland Genealogical Society and Maryland Historic Society is available.

Many records including death and birth certificates before 1988, copies of wills, land records, court documents are archived at the Maryland State Archives located in Annapolis. MSA has on-line an Index to the Anne Arundel County 1880 Census. And fairly new An on-line index to the 1870 Census of Anne Arundel Co.. Another good collection of genealogical data at MSA is a Church Records for Maryland

The Maryland State Archives is making information available on the web, current offerings include a search engine for the supplemental listings of Maryland Settlers recently published by Dr. Carson Gibb and alphabetically indexed HTML pages of marriages that have been inferred from records. Also available for viewing is a listing of the Anne Arundel County Records held at MSA. Check out their research offerings at The Maryland state archives is also the best source for obtaining old birth, death, and marriage certificates for genealogical research. They now have forms for requesting this data on-line. Birth and Death certificates generally started in 1898 for Anne Arundel Co. Marriage licenses exist from 1777. A new feature from the Maryland State Archives is on-line searchable death indexes for Baltimore City and Maryland Cos. (including Howard County). These searchable indexes are by the year groups and last name. This MSA site provides instructions for order copies of vital records from the MSA and department of vital records.

Another on-line data resource for researchers at MSA provides on-line assess to a search engine for the original 72 volumes of the Archives of Maryland plus additional volumes. This Includes acts of the general assembly, some court records, listing of Revolutionary war musters and other data. In all there are about 103 volumes on line with some of them being more contemporary government papers.

On-Line Data Available from this Site and Linked Sites

Cemetery Inscriptions of Anne Arundel County are being collected and contributed to the USGenWeb/MdGenWeb project. You can download some of them as ASCII files from the USGenWeb/MdGenWeb archives or view them On-Line. There is also the MD Tombstone Transcription Project cemetery project for the USGenWeb Project with its collection of cemetery records on line to help with your research. This collection has inscriptions from 17 Anne Arundel County Cemeteries on-line.

The latest addtion to the site is the start of a collection of death notices and obituaries from Anne Arundel County Newspapers , primarily the Capital in Annapolis.

The First Families of Anne Arundel and Baltimore Countiesis a collection of linked family group sheets of early settlers of Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties (for now we are working on families who were in the area by 1720) and links to other sites with linage data Contributions of GEDCOMS or text files are welcomed to add to these pages.

We have been adding On-line transcripts of Wills of Anne Arundel and Baltimore County from the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries

Another data item is a collection of Family Bible Records for Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties.

On-line Transcripts of other old documents for Baltimore and Anne Arundel County or Anne Arundel Co. , such as deeds, grants, court orders are also being collected to help researchers.

The Catalogue for Saint John's College (Department of Arts and Sciences of the University of Maryland) for the year 1917 was donated recently. A web page listing the alumni and graduates of St John's College from 1793 to 1916 is being prepared.

Another site with Anne Arundel County genealogy data is Diana Muir's site at that includes mostly data from St James Parish including transcripts of the St James Parish vestry minutes and other information, with some emphasis on the Weems family.

Genealogical Research Aids from Rootsweb and the USGenWeb/MdGenWeb Project

SURNAME REGISTRY Register with an on-line list of the Surnames you are researching and would like to exchange information on with other researchers.

An Index to Daily Capital Death Notices for July and August 2002 and July 2005 through June 2006 provided by Mr. George Jones.

We have an on-line forum for posting, reviewing and searching Queries about persons in Anne Arundel County

Rootsweb sponsors a web-wide database to identify researchers of a given surname. Lookup others researching the same surnames you are and/or add the surnames you are researching to this database

ROOTSWEB has added the JUNE 1999 SOCIAL SECURITY DEATH INDEX (SSDI). Now you can search the most recent version of the SSDI at

As part of the USGenWeb/MdGenWeb Project we are building a collection of files for each state and county. This is the USGenWeb/MdGenWeb archives with genealogical information for Anne Arundel County These are text files that can be transferred (FTP'ed) to your computer. Included in the archives for Anne Arundel County are a number of Cemetery entries. We are also trying to place records on-line as HTML files that can be viewed with your browser. If you have a file to contribute and share (such as extracts of old records you have compiled, family histories) and have archived on our system please contact the Anne Arundel County Page coordinator

We Need Your Help

The USGenWeb Project is Trying to put the US Census on-line..We need volunteers willing to spend time enter data from the census into a computer program. The software will be provided, but you will need to get a copy of the census (microfilm, fiche) for the entry. If interested please check the Project's Home page

We welcome contributions of material to add to this sites collection. This ranges from GEDCOMS, lists of descendants, transcripts of wills, deeds, Family Bible Records and other documents, or if you have a site with substantial information on Anne Arundel County Genealogy (such as lineages) or History we would like to provide a link to your site. Please Contact the Coordinator for this Page If you would like to contribute.

Internet Resources and Mailing Lists

A list of links that may be helpful in researching ancestors in Anne Arundel County.

There is a mail list for Anne Arundel, Baltimore and surrounding counties Genealogical Research. To Subscribe to the Baltimore Genealogy mailing List:send a E-mail to In the text of the message just say Subscribe,& please disable your signature. To subscribe in a digest mode send the request to To post messages to this list send your E-mail to the Baltimore Genealogy list at

There is also a statewide Genealogy mailing list. To Subscribe to the Maryland Genealogy mailing List: send a E-mail to In the text of the message just say Subscribe, please disable your signature. To subscribe in a digest mode send the request to To post a message on the Maryland mailing list send your E-mail to the Maryland Genealogy list at

There are many surname mailing lists for researchers, some of those of interest for Anne Arundel County include: DORSEY and CLARY. Check at the mailing lists at Rootsweb

An on-line listing of the addresses and phone number for Maryland cemeteries is being maintained by Lynn Smith

Pam the "list lady" has prepared a listing from the 1895 Atlas of the localities in Maryland. So to find locations of places in Maryland check her index of Maryland localities

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