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Capital District Genealogical Society

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 January Zoom meeting will be open only to members of the Capital District Genealogical Society about the 1st of January. Invitations will be sent to members with a link to register. 

Please see our Meeting and Events page for program and registration information.



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Did you know there are almost 1,600 official historians in the state of New York?  That's because back in 1919, the New York state legislature mandated that every "city, town, or village" must have an official historian. It's a regulation that's unique among the 50 states, and basically unenforceable. Towns are not required to pay these record-keepers, who are appointed by a town mayor or manager. Municipalities that fail to find a volunteer are sent a strongly worded letter, but little else can be done. Most historians work part-time, but can be very helpful. 

You can search for the Historian for a particular place or browse through the list for the entire state - click on "Historians" above.

NYS Library

Part of the Cultural Education Center and repository for a multitude of genealogy sources. From church records to military records to surname files. There is an online catalog shared with the NYS Archives.

NYS Archives

Part of the Cultural Education Center and repository for many records that contain information about individuals, such as:



View Records Online

Research Tips

NYS Museum 

Part of the Cultural Education Center and repository of New York History, Archaeology, early Census records of Albany (1600's +), Family Pages and Family Biographies. 

Other helpful sites:

Free, Searchable Newspaper Databases

Three Rivers (Hudson,Mohawk, Schoharie) - This site is chock full of both historical and genealogical information focused heavily on the Revolutionary War era.