Empire State Plaza Station

PO Box 2175

Albany, NY 12220-0175


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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!

May 18, 2019 (note that this is the 3rd Saturday)

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS


The failure of common research practices to identify ancestors does not mean they are unfindable. This session will describe and demonstrate nine approaches to locating difficult- to- trace ancestors.

Tom has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and fully understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. Using his nearly lifelong career in education as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences.

June 22, 2019

Bryna O’Sullivan

Quebec Genealogy

Quebec Genealogy is designed to be an introductory program on researching in Quebec. Focusing primarily on French Quebec, it touches on the Canadian Census, civil and religious record keeping, and notarial records, with an emphasis on working with French language records when you don’t speak the language. It mentions some of the logistical differences in researching the Anglo-Quebec community, most especially the issues faced in delving into Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

Bryna O’Sullivan is a Middletown, CT based professional genealogy researcher, teacher, and French to English translator. Holder of a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies – Canadian Records from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and a B.A. in French Literature from Tufts University, she can trace her roots back to the Filles du roi. As part of her work with Charter Oak Genealogy, she assists clients in documenting their Revolutionary roots through both French and English Quebec.

July 27, 2019

Jackie Graziano

Using Original Records for Genealogy

Using Original Records for Genealogy, highlighting records in our collection that are most helpful for genealogy. We are the repository for Westchester County’s collection of historic government documents, covering the late 17th through early 20th centuries. I also cover strategies for locating record repositories, and illustrate how original records can help genealogists get pst those notorious “brick walls.”

After spending several years in publishing and advertising, I decided to go into library work, received my MLS from Queens College, with a certificate in Archives and Records Management, and was fortunate to land the job of Archivist with Westchester County. The Archives is a resource for all county departments, as well as the general public. I handle all research questions, oversee the Reading Room, and am in charge of preservation for our collection, which includes digitizing records.

Additional Genealogy Related Events in the Capital District

New Netherland Institute Family History Day

May 30, 2019, 9:00-3:35

Clark Auditorium & Lobby,Cultural Education Center

222 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12202

Descendants of early Dutch and English colonists make up a large part of the inhabitants of today’s Mid-Atlantic Region. With the popularity of genealogy and family history at an all-time high, the New Netherland Institute is holding its first ever family history/genealogy workshop in Albany. The event—which will feature consultations with professional genealogists, group discussion sessions, and talks on using colonial Dutch and English records in your family research—promises to be an excellent opportunity to not only learn from the experts, but to meet and chat with fellow descendants of the region’s earliest European settlers.

The day will feature three components:
1) One-on-one consultations with a professional genealogist (limited availability)
2) Discussion/workshop sessions
3) A series of short talks

For more information:


Capital District Jewish Genealogical Society

• Have you always wanted to work on a family tree but didn’t know where to start?
• Has your research hit a brick wall?

The Capital Region Jewish Genealogy Society (CRJGS) and Knesseth Israel Synagogue invite you to a Family History workshop.

Where: Knesseth Israel Synagogue
34 East Fulton Street
Gloversville, NY

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Volunteer members of CRJGS will present a brief introduction to genealogy research followed by a workshop.

CRJGS brings its experience and expertise to guide you with your research. You bring information on names, dates and locations of your relatives.

The workshop will include one-on-one assistance searching online databases. If you use a laptop or tablet for research, feel free to bring it along. We can help you set up accounts on Ancestry, FamilySearch and/or JewishGen.

Refreshments will be served.