Q. When and where does CDGS meet?
A. CDGS meets every month, except December. Our meeting are held on the fourth Saturday of each month except May and November when we meet on the third Saturday because of holiday weekends. We meet in the Stedman Room of the William K. Sanford Town Library in Colonie, NY (629 Albany Shaker Road). Occasionally we "extend our horizons a little" and meet in a neighboring city or village to visit a location of special interest.
Q. What are the annual dues to become a member of CDGS?
A. Dues are a very reasonable $15.00 per year. Membership is on a calendar year basis, January 1 to December 31.
Q. Can I attend a meeting if I am not a member of the Society?
A. Yes! our meetings are free and all are open to the public. We invite anyone interested in family history to join us.
Q. What are the benefits of membership in the CDGS?
A. Members receive four issues of the 16 page CDGS Newsletter and enjoy unlimited free queries in that newsletter. The newsletter includes updates on local, state, and national genealogical topics, unpublished records when they are available, queries and notice of meetings, summaries of our meetings including speaker presentations, and all of the online links discussed in the computer portion of our meetings. In addition members can obtain access to the members only section of our website where past newsletters are posted in pdf format, full speaker handouts are reproduced (with our speaker's permission), and working links of our internet presentations.
Q. What happens at a CDGS meeting?
A. General meetings start at 1 pm with announcements, genealogy discovery moments, and call for first time attendees. The program follows with a featured speaker.
At approx. 2:30 we have a short break with refreshments provided. This allows for an opportunity to meet and greet, ask private questions of our speaker, pay your dues, use the ASK ME service, and meet new friends. Members with blue name tags are members of our Executive Board of Trustees, feel free to ask us just about anything.
At 3pm the computer group meets. This is a presentation by a member or members of CDGS about websites and other computer information of interest to genealogy enthusiasts. You are welcome to attend part or all of a meeting.
Once a year we dedicate an entire meeting to Internet Research Day. On this day we throw out the timeline and work exclusively with you from 10am - 4pm. Volunteers bring their computers (and some printers) to the library and the entire day is devoted to working with people one-to-one helping them find their ancestors (or at the very least websites that will help them find their ancestors). Come and go anytime you want during the 10am - 4pm time period. Spend a half hour with us- or an hour - or more.
Q. How can you help me if I don't live in the Capital District region?
A. The genealogical history of the Capital District is deep, rich, and varied. Important waterways including the Hudson River, Mohawk River, Schoharie Creek, Erie-Barge Canal and significant rail transport brought settlers from afar to, and through, this area. Claimed by the Dutch in 1609, the first European settlement was in 1614. History was made here. Wars were fought here. People came, lived, fought, had families, and died here; leaving behind priceless records. Many of those families moved on, but their history is here. We have volunteers who will do limited research for you and/or will provide a list of genealogists in the area, and we have wonderful & informative newsletters and members only page. We have members who live as far away as Alaska, California, Arizona, Florida and everyplace in-between. If you don't live near the resources in the Capital District, contact us and we will try our best to help you.
Q. How can I find out more?
A. Topics of meetings and speakers are announced in our Newsletter, in local newspapers and on our website, www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org. You can also contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Where is your office?
A. CDGS does not have it’s own office or library; Volunteers work daily with people who are researching their genealogy at our desk in the Genealogy and Local History area of the New York State Library, located on the 7th floor of the Cultural Education Center at the Empire State Plaza, 222 Madison Avenue in downtown Albany.