Empire State Plaza Station

PO Box 2175

Albany, NY 12220-0175


Albany County

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Montgomery County 

Rensselaer County

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Schenectady County

Schoharie County

Washington County

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Capital District Genealogical Society


Regular Meetings:

Held at William K. Sanford Library

Town of Colonie

629 Albany Shaker Road

Loudonville, NY 12211

4th Saturday of month, except 3rd Saturday of month in May and November; no meeting in December.

All regular meetings begin at 1:00 PM.

Computer Resources Group meets 2:30 PM

Election of Officers - November

CDGS has a "sale" table set up during the meeting, bring any genealogy magazine, maps and/or books and put a price on them, it is 50/50, you get half of the sale, or you can donate your half to the society.

1:00 - 2:30  Meeting and Speaker

2:00 - 2:30  Refreshments with meet and mingle time (our

speaker usually is usually available for questions during this time)

2:30 - 3:30  Internet Resources Discussion

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

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Michael Maloney, Librarian at Schenectady Historical Society

Preserving Your Family Photographs and Documents

Do you have old family photographs, letters, diaries, or other precious items that you would like to preserve? This presentation will discuss how to properly preserve your family’s important documents and photos. It will also provide tips on how to store, display, label, and handle these materials. Preserving these materials will assist family members, now or in the future, to retrace and reconstruct your family history.

Mike Maloney is the librarian and archivist at the Schenectady County Historical Society in Schenectady, New York where he enjoys assisting researchers, researching and writing blog posts for the library's blog, organizing and preserving the library’s collections, and planning programs to promote Schenectady’s rich history.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Erik Schlimmer, Resident Author, Beechwood Books

Cradle of the Union: Albany History Uncovered

The City of Albany has 800 streets, and thus as many street names. In this program, Erik takes audiences on a virtual tour of street names, weaving among war heroes, criminals, founding fathers, and Dutch settlers. This presentation is based on his recently-released book, Cradle of the Union: A Street by Street History of New York's Capital City.

Erik is the author of six books and has written for The Trek, Mountain Biking Magazine, National Geographic Explorer, and a dozen other publications. His passion for education has been honored with the State University of New York's Merit Award for Teaching, awarded three times, and their Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award.

Additional Genealogy Related Events in the Capital District

Genealogy Class

Our own Suzanne Mackey will be teaching a class in beginning genealogy this Spring through the South Colonie School District Continuing Education Program.  

When:  Classes will be held weekly April 3 - April 17 from 6:30 pm to

               8:30 pm

Where: in room 162 at Colonie Central High School.

 Cost:    $21 (free with Colonie Senior Courtesy Card).

Registration Required: Register on-line at southcolonieschools.org and click on the Continuing Education tab 


Mail in your registration (form available at southcolonieschools.org


Register in person Jan. 15-17 9 am - noon and 1pm - 3 pm

January 16 4pm - 6 pm at South Colonie District Office, 102 Loralee Drive, Albany, NY 12205.

The first of three classes will get you started on interpreting and filling in the forms you'll use in your research.

From there you'll progress to finding and gleaning all of the information contained in census reports (from 1790 through 1940), military records (Revolutionary War to World War II), immigration routes and documents, land records, newspapers, and much more.

Bring all your present information with you. Even if you are not a beginner, there will be information that can help you get past the brick walls.

Nathan Dylan Goodwin

British author Nathan Dylan Goodwin is offering his

new story, The Asylum, free to CDGS society members if you visit his website, www.nathandylangoodwin.com The Asylum is a short prequel to Hiding the Past (book #1), therefore a great place for new readers to start! Mr. Goodwin has donated several of his genealogical mysteries to CDGS in the past.

When:  Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2 pm - 4 pm

Where: Schenectady County Historical Society

               32 Washington avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305

Cost:  $5 for general public, free for Schenectady County

              Historical Society members.

Join Genealogist Tina Post for a program that will help both novice and intermediate genealogists. Have you found the elusive maiden name of the women who married the men in your family tree? This talk will provide some case studies and clues to aid in finding her identity.  The presentation will demonstrate how, through the use of various types of evidence, an argument can be made for a relationship where marriage records have not been found.