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

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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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.

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.

Newsletter Email

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:

  • Using Google Earth Pro in Genealogy Research (Members Only for this session & it will not be recorded thus not available in our "Members Only" section) - Come discover why Google Earth Pro is one of the best free genealogical tools available! 
  • NYS Archives Collections available through Ancestry (free to NYS Residents)

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Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign our guestbook.

Say Hi, let us know your genealogy interests, or ask a question. We would love to hear from you!