Empire State Plaza Station

PO Box 2175

Albany, NY 12220-0175


Albany 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 new year of interesting and informative programs at CDGS! 

January 27, 2018

Keith Swaney

Keith Swaney, senior archivist at the New York State Archives, will explore the Archives holdings on World War I that are useful for genealogy and local history. He will discuss military service records and records that document local communities efforts on the home front to support the war effort. He will describe locating both digitized and non-digitized records through the Ancestry.com New York portal and the State Archives' finding aids and digital collections searches.

February 24, 2018

Anne Samson

Creating a Family Memory Book -Or - I've Got All This Great Stuff: Now What Do I Do With It?

Join us for an educational session on how to self-publish a family memory book: it may be easier than you thought! Anne Samson created one for her husband last year that was greatly appreciated by her family. She scanned photos, interviewed her husband, and finished the book in less than six months! Anne has put together some guidance to get you started and keep you motivated so you can preserve your own family history.

Additional Events in the Capital District

The New York State Library  has free upcoming events of interest to genealogists:

  • 1/20/18 and 2/3/18.  11 am - noon:   Meet on the 7th floor at the Genealogy/Local History desk. "Walking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at the New York State Library".  The New York State Library is a treasure chest of resources for those tracing their family histories.They are presenting a tour highlighting published genealogies, local histories, church records, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) records, U. S. and NYS Census records, newspapers on microfilm, city directories and more. The tour is limited to 15 individuals and registration is required.
  • 1/25/18.  3:30 - 4:30 pm in the 7th floor computer classroom  "Genealogy Research with HeritageQuest Online". HeritageQuest Online is a collection of genealogical and historical sources and is available for use at the New York State Library. Stephanie Barrett will discuss and demonstrate some of these sources, including the Federal Census records, genealogy and local history digital books, Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land warrant application files, and the Freedman's Bank Records. Stephanie will also demonstrate search tips and strategies, how to save records, and printing records. Seating is limited and registration is required.
  • 2/17/18.  2-3 pm in the 7th floor computer classroom.  "Historical Newspapers Online at the New York State Library".  Senior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will discuss online databases available at the New York State Library that contain full-text historical newspapers. She will demonstrate the effective use of America's Historical Newspapers and the Historical Newspapers with an emphasis on newspapers published in New York State. She will also demonstrate how to find and access New York State digital newspapers freely available on the Internet. Registration is required.
  • 2/22/18 3 - 4:30 pm in the 7th floor computer classroom.  "Genealogy Online with Ancestry Library edition". Senior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will demonstrate the Ancestry Library online database which is accessible at the New York State Library. Learn how to access Census records, genealogy and history book, maps and other resources included in this database, as well as, the resources on Ancestry NYS page which are freely available to all New Yorkers. She will also demonstrate search tips and strategies, how to save records, printing and how to create a family tree via Ancestry. Seating is limited and registration is required. 

You can register for any of these events online at the New York State Library website: nysl.nysed.gov by clicking on Programs and Exhibits in the left hand column on the homepage.  You can also telephone to register or get more information about these events at (518) 474-2274.