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Capital District Genealogical Society

Town of Colonie Library is Closed To Meetings and In-Person Events.

Until Further Notice our meetings will be held via Zoom.

Registration for our March Zoom meeting will be open only to members of the Capital District Genealogical Society about the 1st of March.. Invitations will be sent to members with a link to register.  



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It is time to send in your renewal for 2021! An envelope was sent out with your August newsletter. If you did not receive the envelope you can still renew either on this website under Membership or by mail to the address above. It is still only $15.00 ($16.00 if you renew online using PayPal) to renew at this time for the 2021 year.  Effective 2022 our dues will increase to $25.00 ($27.00 if you renew online using PayPal)

Please do not send dues of $15/$16 past the 2021 year, your funds will be returned to you as an incorrect amount. 

Your membership dues allows us to continue our programs with excellent speakers and to provide members with a quarterly newsletter. Please renew your membership today!


The New York State Library is temporarily closed.

When it reopens, the New York State Library will most likely  be open Monday-Friday with restrictions. Plan your research accordingly.

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We have created an email account for newsletter submissions and questions. Please send articles to

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If you are changing your address please let us know by emailing us at contactcdgs@cdgsny.org. Our newsletter, sent by bulk mail, will not be forwarded by the US Postal Service, so you must notify us directly.

We are excited to bring you our meetings, including speaker presentations, live, on Zoom.

You can get a free Zoom account at Zoom.com.

Speakers generally present for about an hour preceded by some announcements and “taking care of business” which generally lasts 10 – 15 minutes. Members of CDGS always get first chance at registering for the meetings, but there is usually some room left over so on the 16th of the month we open to allow non-members to register for the meeting. When the Colonie Town Library re-opens for meetings we will post in-person meeting information.

We have some great presentations coming up……. Take a look at the Meetings & Events tab for more information. But here is a sneak peek at some upcoming topics:

  • NYS Archives Collections available through Ancestry (free to NYS Residents)
  • A DNA case study
  • Unlocking the meaning of the codes used on Alien Passenger Lists
  • Genealogy and German Jews
  • Introduction to Forensic Genealogy
  • Researching Scottish Ancestry
  • The Legacy of Kate Mullaney
  • Using Fulton History Website Effectively
  • Tentatively  -  a one-day virtual conference with multiple speakers

Our February meeting is now full. Members of CDGS can still view the presentation (starting Sunday, 2/28) on the members only section of our website. If you are not a member please consider joining CDGS so you too can have access to this and many previous presentations on our website.