PO Box 2175      


ESP Station

Albany, NY  12220

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Monday - Friday

10 am - 4 pm


We are offering a discount on any new membership covering the remaining months of 2021. A discount of $6.00 will bring membership for the last few months of this year to $9.00

It is time to send in your renewal for 2022! Details are in our August newsletter. You can renew from this website in the Membership tab to access your account. You can use your credit card, PayPal or check.  

Effective 2022 our dues are $25.00 ($26.00 if you renew online using PayPal or credit card)

Your membership dues allows us to continue our programs with excellent speakers and to provide members with a quarterly newsletter. Please renew your membership soon!

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 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" - 11/20/20.

  Join us September 25, 2021 as the Capital District genealogical Society celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a special event in place of our monthly meeting. The Society will hold its first virtual Conference! Set your day aside to join us at what promises to be a fun educational day.   

Interested in DNA? Have you received a genealogy DNA kit and want to understand what it means? How can you make the best use of those matches? We’re offering two sessions by Fred Voss who will help us by sharing some case studies and techniques.

Are you looking to take that first step into the genealogy world? Have so many challenges and sorting of surnames tangling your efforts? Let Tom Jones share his knowledge as only he can. Perhaps you’re an avid genealogist who wants to publish your own family history. Did you uncover a “sensitive” piece of history and struggle with how to present if you do? Tom will also provide a talk about dealing with those “sensitive” findings.

Have you ever wished that someone could come to your meeting to look at your pictures and tell you when, where??? That can happen! If you’ve watched Antiques Roadshow, then you know how this works. It’s a virtual show and tell. This is a totally interactive event in which members of CDGS submit photos ahead of time and then meet virtually with Maureen Taylor  "The Photo Detective" to learn about the specific clues uncovered in the photos. The roadshow format is basically a group live consult via internet connection. Details for submitting a photograph will be posted to the CDGS Conference website in the members only section (You must be logged in to submit a photo). Only fifteen (15) photos will be selected (by the speaker). The participation cost is $15, separate and in addition to, your Conference registration fee. This is a "MEMBERS ONLY” offer to submit photos and participate, however, all Conference attendees will be able to attend the session.  Registration has closed for the Photo Detective Roadshow.

Note that there will be no recording of presentations.

Registration 8/16-9/22/21:

Members: $35          Non Members: $40

More Information is available on the Conference  page.

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 either temporarily or permanently please make sure you log in to your account and change your address there (update my profile in the drop down menu on the right. We send our emails and newsletters to the information we have on file for you, so if it changes you must put those changes in the system. Our newsletter, sent by bulk mail, will not be forwarded by the US Postal Service, so if your address changes you will not get the newsletters unless you submit your new address.

How to Use our login system:

1. Login

2. after you log in you will see a welcome screen and on the right is a drop-down menu. It is really one line that says something like "what do you want to do" with small up and down arrows.

3. Click on the arrows and the one line becomes a drop-down menu with some choices.

Update my profile - this is where you can change your address or email or personal info.

Upcoming eventsTHIS IS WHERE YOU REGISTER FOR EVENTS!! You will see a list of our upcoming events like our monthly meeting, September conference, and October “Writing Your Family History” group. There is a little black box next to each event, you click on that box to register for that event. This takes you to a form where you input some information and choose a pay option (credit card, PayPal, Pay Later e.g. write a check and send it in the mail). Don’t forget to click submit. Because you are logged in the system should recognize automatically if you are a member or not, but if there is a choice that mentions member or a box to check that says member please make that choice and check that box.

Setup my login - I know you are thinking, but I already logged in don’t make me figure this out again!!! This is where you can change your login information, like your password.

Membership Details - THIS IS WHERE YOU RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!! This screen shows past, current, and future (if you have already renewed). If you do not have a membership listed for 2022 in Membership History (yeah I know, it makes no sense to put future memberships in the History category, yet there it is) Next to your current membership (for 2021) are green letters that say Renew Now, click on those choose a membership year to renew for and choose your payment options (Credit Card, PayPal, or Pay Later - which means you will send us a check in the mail). Submit and you should be good to go.

My Registered Events - this is a list of all the events past and future that you have successfully registered for. If you are not sure if you are registered, you can check here before you register again.

Manage my addresses - this is where you can change the address where we send our newsletter to you. (We have snowbirds with two part-time homes - they use this to have the newsletter sent to the correct address depending on the time of year. If you relocate you can change your address here or in your profile.

Re-subscribe email - every email you get from us has an option on the bottom to opt out of future emails. If you opt out his is where you can change your mind and get emails again.

Enter members only area - this is where you will find all kinds of great stuff, past zoom presentations and their coordinating handouts, genealogy research tips by country, war time records, vital records resources, copies of our newsletters 2017 - 2021, etc. - Only members get access to see this stuff.

Login home – brings you back to login.

Logout - to leave the system.

Special Interest Group:  Writing Your Family History

Have you wanted to share your genealogical research with family members? Have you wanted to be able to write up your favorite histories in such a way that your family members will actually want to read them? Are you planning to publish your family history? Would you like to write an article about your research for the CDGS newsletter?

CDGS is hosting a writers' group with coach Paul Lamar. Once a month for 5 months, Paul will meet with the group and provide prompts and guidance for getting your story written. What is a good opening sentence that will draw the reader in? Does your story track clearly? Do you need to provide more information to make it understandable and interesting to others? Participants will share their work with Paul and with each other.

The first session is free, if you want to sign up for subsequent sessions there will be a fee (to be worked out with our teacher based on number of participants.  This is for members of CDGS only, you can register for the October 16th session (10:30 am - noon) through your member portal (Sign In/ Sign Up). There is a limit of 20 participants.  AS OF 9/18/21 THIS GROUP IS FULL. FUTURE REGISTRANTS WILL BE ADDED TO A WAIT LIST AND WILL BE NOTIFIED IF THERE ARE CANCELLATIIONS.

More information is available on the Meetings & Events page.

Volunteer Opportunities

Recording Secretary - This is a Board of Governors position. Term of office is two years with a maximum of two terms. Duties include:

Taking notes at the Board and General Meetings. 

Write the minutes and note any additions or corrections for the next month's agenda (Agenda will be provided by the President of CDGS). Distribute the notes to the Board of Governors.

Produce a list of the Officers, Trustees and Committee Chairs with their email addresses and telephone numbers for distribution to the Board of Governors in January. 

Program Committee

Promote program development and assist in making contact with potential speakers and arranging presentations. Right now the presentations are via Zoom only, but in the future we anticipate in-person meetings with Zoom included.