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Capital District Genealogical Society

Town of Colonie Library is Closed Until Further Notice
Our August meeting will be held via Zoom

Registration for our August Zoom meeting is open to members, it will be open to all on August 16, 2020.

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



Contact Us



Regular Meetings:

Held at William K. Sanford Library

Town of Colonie

629 Albany Shaker Road

Loudonville, NY 12211

4th Saturday of month, except 5th Saturday in 2020 in May for the Conference and the 3rd Saturday of month in November; no meeting in December.

All regular meetings begin at 1:00 PM.

Computer Resources Group meets 3:00 PM

Election of Officers - November

Donations Needed

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 so you woud get half of the sale, or you can donate your half to the society.

Our inventory is low at the moment so if you have any genealogical journals or books you would like to donate keep them until we meet again at the library.

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.

Temporarily Suspended:

2:30- 3:00Refreshments with meet and mingle time (our

speaker usually is usually available for questions during this time)

3:00 - 3:30  Internet Resources Discussion

Additional Genealogy Related Events in the Capital District

August 22, 2020 Via Zoom

IHave a Civil War Ancestor... Now What?

Presented by Brian Rhinehart

Civil War soldiers often left a rich genealogical paper trail. Many of these records are tucked away at the National Archives in Washington DC. Learn what records are available for your ancestors only at the National Archives, what records are online already, and how to access all of them. These records may unlock some of the family stories that have been forgotten over time, as well as break down a brick wall or two! .

Brian Rhinehart, of Rhinehart Roots Genealogy, is a professional genealogist and speaker. He is a graduate of Boston University’s Certificate of Genealogy Research course, and was recently featured in Family Tree Magazine. He has attended various genealogy institutes and conferences, including the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (GenFed) in Washington DC. A direct descendant of six Civil War soldiers, Brian specializes in Civil War and War of 1812 records at the National Archives in Washington DC and has retrieved military files for hundreds of clients there.

This will be a Zoom meeting. Invitations will be sent out to members after August 1, 2020 and a registration link will be provided to the general public (if there are seats left) on August 16, 2020.

September 26, 2020 Via Zoom

What’s in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Archives?

Presented by Jeffrey Urbin, F.D.R. Library and Museum Archive

This presentation will introduce participants to the vast holdings of the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum's Archive. The archive contains more than 17 million pages of documents arranged in nearly 500 separate collections. Participants will learn how the collection is arranged, managed and preserved as well as helpful tips and suggestions for using archival materials wherever they may be found.

Jeffrey Urbin is the Education Specialist and Director of the Pare Lorentz Film Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York where he is responsible for developing all of the Library's education offerings ranging from second grade to college and adult learning programs. In addition he provides training, programs and presentations for teachers and assists museum educators across the country in developing educational programs for their own museums. He has been a pioneer in developing distance learning programs for the Presidential Library System for which he received a 2014 Presidential Libraries Achievement Award.

He attended college on a Harry S Truman Scholarship and is a recipient of the Eugene Sheridan Award for Excellence in History, Government and Economics, numerous teaching awards and the National Guard and Reserve Seven Seals Award. He holds degrees in Public Administration, Political Science, and has a Certificate of Advanced Study in Latin American and Caribbean Affairs. Mr. Urbin served as a Youth Asset
Development Coordinator for the YMCA of Greater New York and taught history and government for public and private colleges in the Hudson Valley for more than ten years before joining the National Archives and Records Administration at the Roosevelt Presidential Library in 2001.

October 24, 2020

Tracing Ancestors on the Move: Migrations from New England to and through New York

Kyle Hurst

Join Kyle Hurst, Senior Genealogist for the Newbury Street Press at American Ancestors, as she explores common westward migration trends from New England into and through New York. Hurst will discuss crucial records, resources, and techniques for tracing these elusive ancestors to help you connect the dots in your own family history.

Kyle Hurst, Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press: Kyle joined the NEHGS staff in 2008 and focuses on research in the mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, and various European countries. She has been credited for her contributions to The Root, NEHGS’s Vita Brevis blog, and American Ancestors magazine, and she is the author of Ancestors and Descendants of Charles Le Caron and Victoire Sprague, two other Newbury Street Press titles, and two Portable Genealogist citation guides. Kyle has presented for the past two New York State Family History conferences.

November 21, 2020

Medical History for Genealogists

Anne Clothier

While researching a family member, have you ever come across a disease in a death record you couldn't identify or wondered about whether your family was affected by an infamous epidemic? Join us to learn more about how disease influenced American, local, and family histories. We will discuss symptoms, treatments and mortality rates for cholera, typhoid fever, diphtheria and a variety of other diseases. Common injuries of the nineteenth century will also be covered. This program will help expand our understanding of the realities of life in an era before antibiotics and other modern treatments.

Anne Clothier is the Director of Education at Brookside Museum, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, a role she has held since June of 2011. Her particular interests include women's history, textiles, medical history, and the history of photography. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in History from SUNY College at Oneonta in 2005. As a 2007 graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, she gained experience working on projects at the Farmers' Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, and New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown. In addition, she worked as Education Coordinator at the Shaker Heritage Society in Albany, New York, prior to joining the Brookside Museum staff.