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.
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 email@example.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!
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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