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Capital District Genealogical Society

Town of Colonie Library is Closed To Meetings and In-Person Events Until Further Notice
Our October meeting will be held via Zoom

Registration for our October Zoom meeting will be open to members about the 1st of October. Invitations will be sent to members with a link to register. If the meeting is not filled to capacity with members it will be open to the general public approximately October 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

October 24, 2020.  1 pm ET

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
If you do not have a Zoom account, you will probably receive a message suggesting you create one. Basic Zoom is free. If you already have a Zoom account your registration information should pre-fill for you. If not, you will be asked for your name and email. You will then receive an email stating “Registration Success." Save this email since it is your key to the meeting.

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.

December 2020

No meeting scheduled

The New York Chapter of Palatines to America German Genealogy Society is hosting Genealogist Dr. Michael D. Lacopo as he presents four lectures on German genealogy over two days.
Please see the flyer for details: