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Capital District Genealogical Society

Town of Colonie Library is Closed Until Further Notice
Our August meeting will be held via Zoom

Registration for our August Zoom meeting is open to members, it will be open to all on August 16, 2020.

Please see our Meeting and Events page for program and registration information.



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We provide additional information to members in good standing (meaning you have paid your membership dues for the year). Extra content includes some meeting handouts  from our speakers and our internet research group,  also our Surname file (a work in progress). There are also videos of our Zoom meeting presentations. 

To access Members Only information you MUST  Sign Up first! You are being asked to sign up for access to the members only section, not for membership in the society (you can do that on the Membership page).  You will be asked for your name, email, and to create a password you will use to sign in to the members only page.  We check our records and if your dues are paid you will be sent an approval by e-mail.  Please be aware that passwords are case sensitive.

Please remember to log-out when you leave. Log  out is located both on the Home Page and on the Members Only page.

Information posted on our "members only" pages is not to be shared, copied, embedded or otherwise duplicated. No recordings, screenshots or captures of any kind (including screen recordings) are permitted without the express permission of our presenters and/or CDGS. Continuing to Log In signifies your agreement with this policy. 

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New York State Family History Conference

September 10-12, 2020

The New York State Family History Conference in-person events have been cancelled. The event will continue in an on-line virtual format.

  • If you have registered for the original event your registration will be converted to a completeNYSFHS@Home pass in the next few days. This complete pass offers access to livestream and on-demand sessions.
  • You can, if you wish, instead transfer your registration to the planned 2022 conference in Albany, NY on September 8-10; or you may cancel your registration but you have to let NYG&B know before July 31, 2020. Email your transfer or cancellation request to orders@nygbs.org.
  • Should you allow the conversion to the homepass you will be mailed the syllabus and other add-ons before the conference.
  • If you purchased luncheon or workshop tickets you can request a full refund. If you do not request a refund the funds will be donated to NYG&Bs mission to preserve NY records. 
  • If you have a hotel reservation at the Albany Hilton with the group code 1NYGBS it will automatically be cancelled. 

Further questions????? email orders@nygbs.org

New York State Library

The New York State Library is temporarily closed.

When it reopens, the New York State Library will only be open one (1) Saturday per month starting Jan. 1, 2020. Plan your research accordingly.
Dates they will be open (when the library reopens) :


             August 8, 2020             

            September 12, 2020
            October 10, 2020
             November 14, 2020
             December 12, 2020

From NYG&B

FamilySearch has digitized millions of original pages from counties across the state of New York.The majority of these records include deeds and mortgages from various county offices covering a wide range of dates, none of which have been digitally indexed before.
Millions of names are waiting to be indexed as part of this project, and the NYG&B needs your help!
Volunteers from across the country can participate in this exciting project using FamilySearch’s indexing web-based indexing tool. Indexers will capture the name and date of recorded transactions and other information to allow for the eventually linkage of these records with original materials.
The Capital District is one of the areas now available for indexing.Go to: https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/new-york-land-records-indexing for more information.

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

Are You Moving?
If you are changing your address please let us know by emailing us at contactcdgs@gmail.com. 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:

  • Eastern European Immigration to the Schenectady, NY Area.
  • So You Have a Civil War Ancestor - Now What
  • War Records Prior to WWI
  • What Resources, that would be of interest to Genealogists, are available at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, NY
  • Medical History for Genealogists
  • Using Google Earth Pro in Genealogy Research
  • NYS Archives Collections available through Ancestry (free to NYS Residents)