Empire State Plaza Station

PO Box 2175

Albany, NY 12220-0175


Albany County

Columbia County

Fulton County

Greene County 

Montgomery County 

Rensselaer County

Saratoga County

Schenectady County

Schoharie County

Washington County

Counties Served

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

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, you 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 they would be appreciated.

1:00 - 2:00  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!

Sept 28, 2019 

 County Historian Round Table Discussion

In this meeting we will be using a different format: A round table discussion. There will be representatives from Schoharie, Greene and Columbia counties. They will present on the following topics:
• Interesting items in their collections
• Interesting topics they have researched
• Prominent settlers/residents

The presenters are:

Jim Benton, weekend manager and senior research librarian for the Columbia County Historical Society. He is a 10th generation descendant of Columbia County on his father's side and a 2nd generation on his mother's side. After a 37 year career in State service he started working for the society.

Jonathan Palmer is Deputy Greene County Historian and is the archivist at the Vedder Research Library, archives division of the Greene County Historical Society. He is a graduate of Columbia-Greene Community College, Siena College, and holds a MSIS degree from UAlbany.

Ted Stuart is the Schoharie County Historian and has lived in Schoharie County since the age of 3. As a child he was inspired by the centenary of the Civil War and his interest in history has continued ever since. His areas of interest are the Civil War, Schoharie County, and United States history. For many years the master printer at the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown, he now is Director of the Palatine House Museum in Schoharie, an interpreter at Schoharie's Old Stone Fort Museum, and Captain of the 125th New York Volunteer Regiment of Civil War reenactors. He has several publications as well.

Each presenter will have a set period of time for each topic after which the audience can ask questions. After all topics have been presented by all speakers, there will be time for additional questions. Please join us for this very informative session.

Oct. 26. 2019 – Schuyler Mansion: A Genealogical Presentation

With the arrival of the musical “Hamilton” at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady in August, the “Schuyler Sisters” exhibit at the Albany Institute of History & Art from July to December, and many other events, the Capital District is in a Schuyler Family frenzy. CDGS is very pleased to announce a presentation by Schuyler Mansion staff at the October 26, 2019 CDGS meeting that will be geared towards genealogy.

On the following day, Sunday October 27, 2019 at 1:00, there will be a CDGS day at Schuyler Mansion.  Signups and payment will be collected starting at the August, 24, 2019 CDGS meeting. Cost is $4 per person (adults only), with a maximum of 30 attendees.

Nov 23, 2019

Ellen D'Aniello

A Salute to Veterans and a World War I Member Share

We will acknowledge veterans in attendance and then turn our focus to World War I. While the war ended in 1918, most of our service members returned home in 1919 so this is the 100th anniversary of welcoming them home.
Ellen D’Aniello will give a brief presentation on the role of the Red Cross and the YMCA during the war effort. She will also present on her maternal grandfather who was a POW in WWI. The program will then be opened up for members to share about their WWI service members. Signup for the member share will be available starting in September.

As the eldest grandchild on both sides of her family, Ellen D’Aniello has been investigating her roots since she was 12 years old. While she was lucky to have all four grandparents and a great grandmother living until Ellen was a teenager, those early conversations served to spark her curiosity and begin her journey down the genealogy path.

Additional Genealogy Related Events in the Capital District

Capital District Jewish Genealogical Society

 "Jewish Immigrant Farmers in the towns of Schodack and Nassau, 1900-1940"
Sunday, October 6th, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York
184 Washington Ave Extension, Albany, NY

Please join the Capital Region Jewish Genealogical Society (CRJGS) on Sunday October 6 at 1 PM for a program on "Jewish Immigrant Farmers in the towns of Schodack and Nassau, 1900-1940", presented by Nassau historian Kurt Vincent. This study was jointly authored with Schodack historian Diane Hutchinson. Learn about the estimated 200 Jewish farming families that lived in Schodack, East Schodack and Nassau in the 1920's, with the help of the Baron de Hirsch Fund and Hebrew Farmer's Association. The Rensselaer County Jewish farmers represent a unique chapter in the "Americanization" of Jewish immigrants. Kurt's presentation will explain that historical perspective - but using Kurt's data, you can move on to explore old country connections or discover new ones that grew out of this community. Introductory remarks by CRJGS member Susan Kugler will briefly explain her own genealogical discoveries gained from the study.

Kurt Vincent is a Nassau native with a deep interest in his community’s past. As chairman of the Village of Nassau 175th anniversary celebration in 1994, he started collecting historic Nassau photographs and postcards and recording oral histories from many of the area’s oldest residents. In 2012 he authored Arcadia Publishing’s local history book “Images of America – Nassau.” He currently serves as Chair of the Village Historic Preservation Commission and a member of the Town Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation and chairs the Village’s 2019 Bicentennial observance. Like his father before him, he is musical director of the Nassau Community Band, a group dating back to the Civil War years.