Empire State Plaza Station

PO Box 2175

Albany, NY 12220-0175


The April 18, 2020 Meeting and the May 30, 2020 Conference Are Cancelled 

Town of Colonie Library is  Closed Until Further Notice

Check Our Website for Future Developments

Albany County

Columbia County

Fulton County

Greene County 

Montgomery County 

Rensselaer County

Saratoga County

Schenectady County

Schoharie County

Washington County

Counties Served

Capital District Genealogical Society

The Capital District Genealogical Society was organized in 1981 with the following purpose:

  • To teach members and other interested persons how to trace their family roots, lineage, or heritage
  • To provide help to those seeking information via queries on relatives and/or family who in the past had connections to the Capital District and adjacent counties
  • To educate the general public and membership by conducting special programs relevant to the purpose of the Society
  • To coordinate the interests and concerns of persons and/or organizations throughout the Capital District area, New York State and the country in the development of information and resources to better serve the purpose of the Society, the membership and the public at large.

The CDGS is positioned to have access to resources critical for genealogical research.

The Capital District of New York State is home to many records at the city, county and state levels.

The NYS Cultural Education Center in Albany, home to The NYS Library, NYS Museum, & NYS Archives is considered one of the top genealogy repositories in the country. It houses a variety of records, such as church records, local histories, published genealogies, DAR source publications, military publications, census films for federal and state enumerations, city directories and statewide newspapers.

The NYS Archives has New York State Department of Health vital records indexes, one of only eight locations at which the indexes may be read in person. It’s also a great place to look for military records, tax records, early wills and even the ledgers that hold Department of Corrections information. The NYS Library website is available at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/.

The Capital District Genealogical Society maintains a genealogy support desk at the Library operated by our volunteers. they are on duty Monday - Friday. A list of researchers for more extensive research assistance is maintained by CDGS and available upon request.

In this historic area at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers, several counties are very close together, each with a unique collection of church records, cemetery records, surname files and more. County courthouses are important sources of information, such as probate records, real estate records and sometimes naturalization paperwork. Within an hour’s drive are the counties of: Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Washington. Most, if not all, have active Historical Societies or county records offices such as the Albany County Hall of Records.


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).

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.

   What's New


May 30, 2020 Conference Is Cancelled

The conference scheduled for May 30, 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus spread. Refunds are being processed now.

The Board is planning to reschedule the conference for 2021. 

New York State Family History Conference

September 10-12, 2020

Albany Hilton, Albany NY

CDGS will be the local host for the conference. CDGS members who are not currently members of NYG&B are eligible for a $40 discount if they register early. Details are in our "members only" pages.

If you wish to volunteer to help at the conference, send an email to contactcdgs@gmail.com. 

New York State Library

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:

January 11, 2020             July 11, 2020
February 8, 2020            August 8, 2020
March 14, 2020                September 12, 2020
April 11, 2020                   October 10, 2020
May 9, 2020                      November 14, 2020
June 13, 2020                   December 12, 2020

The NYS Archives, however, remains open on most Saturdays!

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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