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.
UPDATE ON REVISED FORMAT FOR NYSFHC
Early Registration Discount Expires
May 31, 2020
New York State Family History Conference
September 10-12, 2020
Albany Hilton, Albany NY
The New York State Family History Conference is going ahead with a unique format. The Capital District Genealogical Society is the local sponsor for this event.
The plan is to hold a scaled-down, in-person conference at the Hilton Hotel in Albany on September 10-12, 2020 called “NYSFHC in Albany.” An alternative registration for pre-recorded presentations from the scheduled speakers and live-stream of some of the in-person talks are in a format entitled “NYSFHC At Home.”
CDGS members who are not members of NYG&B are entitled to a discount for early registration for each type of conference experience. The details of the types of registration available are on the NYG&B website at https://nysfhc.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/
To get the code for the early registration discounted rate, log into our Member’s Only Section.
Unfortunately, the discount is only good until May 31, 2020.
Should the in-person conference be cancelled, registrations would be converted to “At Home” registrations and a refund would be issued for the difference.
New York State Library
The New York State Library is temporarily closed.
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 (if the library reopens) :
June 13, 2020
July 11, 2020
August 8, 2020
September 12, 2020
October 10, 2020
November 14, 2020
December 12, 2020
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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