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! 


August 25, 2018

Pamela Vittorio

Unlocking the Mystery in Your Family History: Using Newspaper Articles and Hidden Collections to Find the Facts in Photos, Heirlooms, and Artifacts

Unlock the story behind artifacts as Pamela Vittorio tracks and traces the origins of various family heirlooms—a clock, pocket watch, a locket with a mysterious photograph, some family photos, glass bottles and ephemera—to discover the stories behind them. Find out how you can correlate newspaper articles and family stories to make the most of what’s in that box your grandma left behind. The truth may be hiding in plain sight!

September 22, 2018

Laura Congleton

Picking Apart a Civil War Pension File

Ever wonder what all those documents are inside a federal Civil War pension file? What sort of red tape did veterans, widows and orphans have to navigate to receive pensions? How did the changing pension laws affect applicants? In this talk, Laura will walk you through the plights of several applicants, outlining the pension application and approval process, and explaining what the various documents covered and how the laws changed.

October 27, 2018

Tina Post

Patching Families Together Through Land Records

When genealogists hit brick walls it’s not fun. Land records can provide the clues necessary to put stymied research on track again.
This presentation will provide examples of how relationships can be gleaned using deeds, bounty lands and land grants. In addition, platting will be discussed as a means of creating more leads to investigate.

November 17, 2018

Members Sharing Stories and Heirlooms of their Holiday Memories

Members will share stories, heirlooms and collections representing their memories of holidays in the past. Bring in photos, recipes, ornaments and other items or stories. Member sharing meetings are always lots of fun and give a chance for us to reminisce!

December 2018

No Meeting! Enjoy your holidays and see you next year!

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