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Library Available

Whether you are searching for your Deale area ancestors, researching your Deale area home, or just interested in a bit of Deale area history, our knowledgeable members are available to assist you. Our continually expanding library contains Deale area histories and genealogies, local historical photos, historic maps, documents and newspaper articles of local interest.

While we cannot lend items, we will be happy to provide copies that can be e-mailed free, or mailed for the cost of paper and postage. If you prefer to search our library, please make an appointment by e-mailing our Collections Manager, Mary Dindino at, or contacting our Secretary, John Ward, at
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Oral Histories

We continue to collect oral histories from longtime Deale area residents. If you or someone you know would be a good oral history candidate, please contact John Ward at
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Donations Accepted

Donations of Deale area histories, genealogies, newspaper articles, historic maps and historic photos will be gratefully accepted. We also accept small household or marine items of historic interest, which were made or used in the Deale area.

New Tools for Genealogists

We now have West River Circuit Methodist church records from 1858-1967. See birth, death, baptism, membership and Sunday School class records for the West River, Friendship, and other local Methodist churches. We also have Southern Anne Arundel County Militia lists for 1813—1814. Many families represented still live in this area. And finally, Luther Ward’s Journal contains Deale area deaths from 1911-1951. Click here for our alphabetized transcription.

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African American Records Available

Visit our library to see membership records for the United Sons and Daughters of Holland, 1931-1961. These records contain over 200 names of local residents, and some death dates. The Holland Society, established c. 1895-1900, was a lodge and insurance society for African Americans, located in Nutwell, now Tracys Landing. Other African American listings can be found in the earliest volume (1858-1877) of the West River Circuit Methodist records.

Have Something You Are Willing to Share?

If you have something you are willing to share, please contact our Collections Manager, Mary Dindino at, or bring the item to one of our monthly meetings at 7:00PM the second Monday of each month at the South County Library in Deale. Receipts will be provided for tax purposes.

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