PO Box 2175      

CAPITAL DISTRICT GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

ESP Station

Albany, NY  12220

   Meetings

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


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.


Election of Officers - November


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- 3:00 Refreshments 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



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: www.nysl.nysed.gov/programs.

August 28, 2021
The Legacy of Kate Mullany
Paul F. Cole


This will be a PowerPoint presentation highlighting Kate and the Troy Collar Laundry Union's fight for better wages and working conditions in Troy, NY, in the 1860s, as well as a broader discussion of the role women played in early organizing.

A new genealogical study of Kate and her family will also be presented.

Her house at 350 8th Street, Troy, NY is a National Historic Landmark. https://www.katemullanynhs.org/. She is one of 293 women who have been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY. https://www.womenofthehall.org/


September 25, 2021

 A one-day virtual conference with multiple speakers


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.

"Save the Date"


Join us September 25, 2021 as the Capital District genealogical Society celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a special event in place of our monthly meeting. The Society will hold its first virtual Conference! Set your day aside to join us at what promises to be a fun educational day.
Interested in DNA? Have you received a genealogy DNA kit and want to understand what it means? How can you make the best use of those matches? We’re offering two sessions by Fred Voss who will help us by sharing some case studies and techniques.
Are you looking to take that first step into the genealogy world? Have so many challenges and sorting of surnames tangling your efforts? Let Tom Jones share his knowledge as only he can. Perhaps you’re an avid genealogist who wants to publish your own family history. Did you uncover a “sensitive” piece of history and struggle with how to present if you do? Tom will also provide a talk about dealing with those “sensitive” findings.Have a photograph you love, but don't know when or where it was taken? Maureen Taylor The Photo Detective" will join us for a session that includes an opportunity for a few attendees to have their photos scrutinized. Registration will open in June on our website. To register you must have a free account with CDGS, but do not have to be a member of CDGS.

Paul F. Cole held the second highest office in the New York State labor movement, secretary-treasurer of the 2.3 million-member New York State AFL-CIO from 1984 to 2006. He served as a vice president of the American Federation of Teachers from 1974 to 2006 and the Board of Directors of the New York State United Teachers from 1972 to 1997.
Mr. Cole has a BA in Political Science from Marquette University and a Master of Science degree from Canisius College. He has completed additional graduate work at Niagara University, SUC at Buffalo, Westchester State College and the University of California, Irvine.He is the founder and executive director of the American Labor Studies Center (ALSC), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the teaching and learning about the American labor movement and its history. The ALSC owns and is restoring the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in Troy, New York.

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 http://www.legalgenealogist.com.

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 president@cdgsny.org 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.  Subsequent sessions will have a fee that will be worked out with out teacher depending on interest and number of registrations.  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.