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Albany, NY  12220

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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 for the 2021 year.  Effective 2022 our dues will increase to $25.00 ($27.00 if you renew online using PayPal)

Please do not send dues of $15/$16 past the 2021 year, your funds will be returned to you as an incorrect amount. 

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!

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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:

  • Introduction to Forensic Genealogy - 6/26/2021

This course will give the participant an overview of forensic genealogy and the role of the genealogist in these types of cases. We will discuss some of the major types of cases in which a forensic genealogist may be involved, such as guardianship, oil and gas, unidentified and unclaimed persons, and probate. The role of the forensic genealogist as an expert witness will also be discussed.

  • Discover Scottish Family History - 7/24/21 - Chris Paton “Wha’s like us? Damn few, an’ they’re aw’ deid!” Although Scotland is currently part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, its historic records and traditions are very different compared to the rest of the UK, with many institutions remaining independent from England at the time of the Union in 1707. These include the Presbyterian based state church, the legal system (Scots Law), the education system, and considerably more.In this session, Ayrshire based family historian Chris Paton outlines the records needed to explore your Scottish ancestry, noting where to find them online and offline, and exploring how they can help to trace your forebears back through time. He’ll discuss church records, civil registration records, censuses, land records, inheritances processes, and along the way flag up some of Scotland’s more interesting historic traditions to help researchers better understand their Caledonian heritage. 
  • The Legacy of Kate Mullaney - 8/28/21
  • a one-day virtual conference with three speakers, four sessions, and a lunch time talk. - 9/25/21
  • 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" - 11/20/2021

                               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. 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.

Note that there will be no recording of presentations.

Registration for early bird ’til 8/15/21:

Members: $25          Non-Members $30

Registration 8/16-9/22/21:

Members: $35          Non Members: $40

More Information is available on the Conference  page.

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 June Zoom meeting will be open only to members of the Capital District Genealogical Society on June 1st.  Invitations will be sent to members with a link to register.  Members - if you do not get the email, check the Spam folder in your mailbox.

 There will also be a link for members to register on our "Members Only" page.  On June 16th, if there are seats remaining, we will open registration to the public.