Albany, NY  12220

ESP Station


PO Box 2175


Regular meetings are temporarily suspended due to Covid 19 precautions.  Meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice.

We welcome you to a year of interesting and informative programs at CDGS!

1:00 - ~2:30  Meeting and Speaker

During the presentation questions can be submitted using the chat feature on Zoom.  Our speaker will address submitted questions at the end of the presentation.

Members of CDGS can register for these free meetings on the first of the month for that months meeting.  Non-Members can register (if there are seats remaining) on the 16th of the month for that months meeting.

There is no meeting in the month of December!

Additional Genealogy Related Events in the Capital District

New York State Library Re-Opens

New York State Library is open Monday - Friday, 10-4. Fully vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask. 

They will be offering some upcoming free webinars of interest to genealogists. Here’s the link to register:

October 23, 2021
Using Fulton History Website
Dennis Hogan

The Fulton History website provides free of charge an index with images for over 49,000,000 pages of newspapers. Most newspapers are from New York State, however now papers from many states and a few foreign countries are also part of the collection. Tips will be presented on how to use this site including search and navigation techniques.

November 20, 2021
Don't Forget the Ladies - A Genealogists Guide to Women and the Law
Judy Russell "The Legal Genealogist"

In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to “protected” – second-class – status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠. Her award-winning blog is at

Special Interest Group: Writing your family history

5 once-monthly sessions for CDGS members

Saturday mornings at 10:30 am to noon via Zoom

October 16, November 13, December 11, January 15 and February 12.

Description:  This Opportunity is for members of CDGS only!

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.

Is this the excuse you need to start writing? If so, go to the link on the home page of our website to register or email to express your interest. We will start out on Zoom and may move to a hybrid Zoom and  in-person format as circumstances allow.

Paul Lamar is a retired college English professor. He is a Yale and Harvard alumnus and has taught many continuing classes in poetry, playreading, flash fiction (stories in under 1,000 words) and memoir. He is a published author and poet. You may have seen his program notes in the Albany Symphony Orchestra concert programs, or read his music and theater reviews in The Schenectady Gazette. He has helped people get their GEDs. You will find him to be a generous and kind instructor

The October session will be paid for by CDGS to give you the opportunity to "give it a try" and decide if you want to continue.  We will ask for donations for subsequent sessions to help us fund this worthy project.  There is no obligation to continue beyond the first session.

You can register for this in our member portal. You must be signed in (see home page for instructions) to register.  Once you are signed in simply click on the "What do you want to do" area and this event will be listed.

January 22, 2022
Family Search: The Other 70%
Jill Morelli

You know how to search the Family Search website - or do you?  Jill Morelli shows us how to access the whole website, not just the indexed records. There is a lot more than you think.