Albany, NY  12220

ESP Station


PO Box 2175

Conference 2021

Virtual Access

September 25, 2021

On September 25, 2021 the Capital District Genealogical Society celebrates our 40th Anniversary with a special event in place of our monthly meeting.  The Society will hold its first virtual conference.  Here's what you can expect.....


(subject to change)

9:00 a.m.


Margaret Lanoue, President, Capital District Genealogical Society and Loren Fay, a CDGS Founding Member. 

9:20 - 10:30 a.m.

"The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames"

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNG

10:45 - 12: p.m.

"Getting the Most From Your DNA Matches:

Fred Voss

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

"Photo Detective Roadshow"

Maureen Taylor, "The Photo Detective"

1:50 - 3:10 p. m.

"Honesty, Courtesy, and Confidentiality: Ethics for Family Historians"

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNG

3:20 - 5:00 p. m.

"The Leed's DNA Methodology"

Fred Voss 

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNG
Tom Jones has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing his ancestors reliably and understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. Using his nearly lifelong career in education as a springboard, including classes since 1999 online, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences, either “virtually” or in person.
Sessions with Tom:

The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames
This case study will explain how missing, erroneous, and altered records were overcome to identify the parents of an orphan named Jones. Attendees will learn research strategies that they can use to solve their own common-surname problems.

Honesty, Courtesy, and Confidentiality: Ethics for Family Historians
How do “ordinary” genealogists benefit from ethics? How should family historians handle “sensitive” information like adoption, illegitimate birth, law-breaking, and suicide? What are standards of fair use and courtesy? The presenter will answer these questions and address issues related to ethics for all family historians.

Maureen Taylor    "The Photo Detective"
Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research. Sought out by clients all over the world from as far away as New Zealand, her pioneering work in historic photo research is unprecedented, evidenced by her success in solving photo mysteries. The author of several books, scholarly articles and online columns, she appeared on The View and The Today Show for completing Meredith Viera’s family tree. She has been featured in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, and was dubbed “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective” by The Wall Street Journal.
Her focus is on helping people rediscover their family history one picture at a time, and is passionate about getting folks to dig deep into their family history to tell the story of their ancestors. For more than a decade, she’s searched for images of individuals who lived during the Revolutionary War but also lived into the age of photography. It’s currently a two-volume set titled, The Last Muster, and a series of three films, A Revolutionary Trio. Get more details at The quest for more photographs is ongoing.

Sessions with Maureen:

Photo Detective Roadshow
Have you ever wished that I could come to your meeting to look at your pictures? Well now I can! 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 me to learn about the specific clues I uncover in the photos. The roadshow format is basically a group live consult via internet connection. Only fifteen (15) photos will be selected. The participation cost is $15, separate and in addition to, your Conference registration fee. This is a "MEMBERS ONLY” offering however, all conference attendees will be able to attend the session. Photo submissions for the Roadshow are now closed.

Fred Voss
Fred Voss is a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He has been doing personal genealogy for over 20 years and is a Trustee and Education Chair for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. His areas of interest are Germany, Switzerland, and New Hampshire, with special interest in DNA, Immigration, and Naturalization.
Mr. Voss is a certificate holder of the Boston University Genealogical Research Certification program (OL13). He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Genetic Genealogists as well as various regional societies.
He volunteers as a tour guide at Ellis Island, leading both historical and photographic tours of the abandoned hospitals on the south side of the island (
Mr. Voss is a popular and sought after speaker in the tri-state area. His lectures have been featured at the New York Public Library, the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, the Monmouth Genealogical Society, the Passaic County Genealogical Club, the German Genealogical Society, and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island. He teaches Introductory Genealogy and DNA and Genealogy at Bergen County Community College in Paramus, New Jersey.
He graduated from Boston College with a BA in Mathematics.  Fred Voss can be contacted at

Sessions with Fred:

Getting the Most From Your DNA Matches
Getting started with researching your DNA matches means having your family information well organized and using the right tools from your DNA test vendor to help you narrow your search for the Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA). Mr. Voss will talk about working your way through the best techniques and tools to help connect to that unknown match. A step by step case study is included.

Organizing Your DNA Matches: Introduction to the Leeds Method

So you log on to your DNA test site and it says you have 1139 matches. OK, what are you going to do next? Mr. Voss will talk about organizing your DNA along family lines by color clustering using the popular Leeds Method. Simple examples take you step by step through this organizing approach.

Registration Pricing:

Early Bird: June 15 - August 15.

The Early Bird discount will not appear until you are actually submitting payment information, payment will appear as $35 or $40 until the very end when a $10 discount will be taken off the regular price.

Member. $25
Non Member $30

Regular: August 16 - September 22

Member. $35
Non-Member. $40

 You will be able register on-line and pay with credit card or check by logging in to an existing account or creating an account.

Member - a member of CDGS, you have an account and would log-in.

Guest - someone who has attended at least one of our Zoom presentations. You already have an account and would log-in.

General Public - someone new to CDGS. You do not have an account and would have to create a free account to register.

Please read the directions on how to log-in to an existing account and create a new account,located on our homepage, before you attempt to register.

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