PO Box 2175

ESP Station

Albany, NY 12220


Regular meetings are temporarily suspended due to Covid 19 precautions.  Meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice. Pre-registration is required. Members may register for our Zoom presentations starting the 1st of the month. Non-members may register starting on the 16th of the month (space permitting). Please pay attention to the rules listed below, being registered does not guarantee you will be admitted to the meeting. Your Zoom ID must reflect your full name.  All meetings start at 1 pm ET and you must pre-register by logging in to your free account. Information about these programs will be posted as it becomes available.

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.

Members of CDGS can register for these free meetings on the first of the month for that months meeting.  Non-Members can register (if there are seats remaining) on the 16th of the month for that months meeting.  

Registration closes at midnight on the Thursday before the meeting.

Non-Members must create a free CDGS account before they can register. You only need to create an account once, as you can login to that account to register for future presentations.  For help see the How To: Video series on our Home Page, and please pay attention to the rules for participation listed at the bottom of the page.

Additional Genealogy Related Events
(Click on the Calendar)


For Meeting Participation


Please be considerate of your fellow zoom participants. 

We require that you....

Cancel if you can't attend.  A spot has been reserved for you.  

We have limited spots in our Zoom account.  If you are not going to attend, please cancel your reservation now by writing to: We generally have a number of people who are on our wait-list. When people register but don't attend, people who are on the waitlist get shut out.

Do not share your log-in with anyone else.  
We need to keep track of the number of people who will be able to view the program. When you share a link, you may be taking a spot away from someone who has already registered. You may also be compromising the security of the presentation. Each individual needs to make their own reservation. As a member benefit, the first 15 days of the month are for member registrations. The public is allowed to register starting the 16 th of the month if there are spots available.

Use the first and last name that you registered with when you log in for the presentation.
We take attendance in person and online!  You will not be admitted from the waiting room until the moderator sees a first and last name, as opposed to a telephone number, nickname, initials, etc. Check how to do this for your particular device.  In most cases you cannot change your name in the waiting room, you must change it in your Zoom account before you join the meeting.

Keep your mic muted and video turned off. The Moderator has already muted the microphone and closed the video for all attendees.
Please do not turn your mic or video on unless requested to by the moderator. Otherwise, the moderator will turn them off again.

Use the chat function. *You can communicate with us, with the whole group, or with an individual also in the meeting.  If you are using a device that does not show the chat please email Someone will be monitoring that email during the presentation

Submit questions for the presenter via chat. *

Our presenters prefer to have a moderator ask the questions.

* If you are using a device that does not show the chat please email Someone will be monitoring that email during the presentation

1 pm ET

We return in January with a program, hosted by Jim Gandy, about the resources available in the NYS Military Museum and Veterans Research Center. Resources start from the early to mid nineteenth century up to WW II. Jim has worked at the Military Museum since 2002. 
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY this museum is a part of the NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs.
Resources include an impressive photograph collection. 
1 pm ET

In February Heidi Hill, since 2005 the historic site manager of Ft. Crailo and Schuyler Mansion State Historic sites, will present "Researching and Interpreting the People Who were Enslaved in New Netherland and colonial Albany...with a Focus on the Van Rensselaer and Schuyler families".
3/25/23   Kristen Moore 
1 pm ET
The DAR and Genealogical Records
This presentation will give a quick overview of the ARAR holds, how to use the DAR's website from hoe and how to order the records to continue your research.
4/22/2023.  Kathryn Kosto
1 pm ET

A Living Landscape: Families & Settlement in Albany County 1600 - 1900.
This program explores how geography shaped Albany County's settlement and provides insights into uncovering family stories by examining the landscape itself.