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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 April Zoom meeting will be open only to members of the Capital District Genealogical Society on April 1st.  Invitations will be sent to members with a link to register.  Members - if you do not get the email check the Spam folder in your mailbox.

 On April 16th, if there are seats remaining, we will open registration to the public.



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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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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:

          April 24, 2021  1 pm ET

  • Unlocking the meaning of the codes used on Alien Passenger Lists - Elizabeth Williams Gomoll

          Late 19th and early 20th century alien passenger manifests                often contain cryptic number and letter codes. Learn how to                interpret them and what significant details they can reveal                  about your ancestor’s immigration and naturalization                          experience.

  • Genealogy and German Jews - 5/22/2021
  • Introduction to Forensic Genealogy - 6/26/2021
  • Discover Scottish Family History - 7/24/21 - Chris Paton “Wha’s like us? Damn few, an’ they’re aw’ deid!” Although Scotland is currently part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, its historic records and traditions are very different compared to the rest of the UK, with many institutions remaining independent from England at the time of the Union in 1707. These include the Presbyterian based state church, the legal system (Scots Law), the education system, and considerably more.In this session, Ayrshire based family historian Chris Paton outlines the records needed to explore your Scottish ancestry, noting where to find them online and offline, and exploring how they can help to trace your forebears back through time. He’ll discuss church records, civil registration records, censuses, land records, inheritances processes, and along the way flag up some of Scotland’s more interesting historic traditions to help researchers better understand their Caledonian heritage. 
  • The Legacy of Kate Mullaney - 8/28/21
  • a one-day virtual conference with three speakers, four sessions, and a lunch time talk. - 9/25/21
  • Using Fulton History Website - 10/23/21
  • Don't Forget the Ladies: A Genealogist's Guide to Women and the Law by Judy Russell, the "Legal Genealogist" - 11/20/2021

April Meeting

Email invitations to register for our April Zoom meeting will be sent to our members on April 1st. The invitation will also be posted on our "Members Only" page. 

Stay tuned for details about our one-day Zoom conference featuring three speakers, Five sessions, and even some give-away prizes.