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
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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

August 27, 2022

An Introduction to Gravestone Conservation

Christopher White

This presentation will be recorded and available in our "Members Only" section. 

Genealogist and Gravestone Conservator, Christopher White, will take us on a journey into old and neglected local cemeteries where time has taken its toll on nineteenth century gravestones. Gravestones can be the last and only vestige of a person’s life. Conservation of the artifacts can be extremely rewarding to all involved. Through a series of photographs White will present the process of gravestone conservation, maintenance, and restoration on both small and large gravestones.

Born, raised, and educated in Albany; now residing in the suburbs with his family.  Since 1991 I work full time in the electric utility industry. In 1996 I returned to college at SUNY Albany and began studies for an undergraduate Bachelors in History and later graduated with a Masters in history in 2005. In 2021 I earned a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.

Always interested in history; especially my own family history and genealogy. I began tracing my family tree in 1980 as a middle school social studies project and continued until 1996 when I returned to college and my research then became sporadic until 2011 when I returned in full force to genealogy.

Presently I am enrolled the ProGen Study group and I intend to work towards becoming a certified genealogist (CG). Other historical interests include graveyard conservation and rehab; local and New York State history; and old homes and architecture.

September 24, 2022

Approaches To Writing Your Family History

Paul LaMar

This presentation will be recorded and available in our "Members Only" section. 

Members of the CDGS Write Your Family History group have been working with writing coach Paul Lamar to craft compellling stories from their family history research. As genealogists, we know that the real interest in doing our digging is to make our ancestors come alive - to put meat on the bones of a skeletal chart. Paul will moderate a program featuring some of the writers in the group sharing a selection of their best stories. Come hear tales of fascinating people and be inspirted to join us and write some of your own.

An alumnus of Yale and Harvard, Paul Lamar is a retired college English professor. He has also taught continuing education classes in poetry, playreading, flash fiction (1,000 works or less), and memoir writing. He is a published author and poet. He also writes music and theater reviews, and has helped people earn their High School Equivalency Diploma.

October 22, 2022

Up The Hudson: Tracing Our Ancestors from NYC to Canada on the Erie and Champlain Canals.

Pamela Vittorio

The creation of the NYS Canal system in 1825 made many things possible--from moving people and cargo, to transporting language, religion, and ideas. Beyond the census, finding ancestors who did business alongside the canals, owned boats, or worked as laborers may seem like a challenging task. Find out how to trace their most likely routes and pathways from Albany to Buffalo, from New York City, up the Hudson River, the Champlain Canal to Canada, and how the canal families traveled, and where they were likely to stop en route to Buffalo. Learn about the types of records you should look at, where to find the records, and how to analyze them (from 1817 to 1918).

An Historian and Professional Genealogist at "Finding Their Routes" Pamela Vittorio 

November 19, 2022

Introduction to Irish Internet Sites

David Rencher

This presentation will be recorded and available in our "Members Only" section.

David is a leading international expert specialising in Ireland and England.

He was Accredited in Ireland genealogical research in 1981, Certified Genealogist in 2006. BA, Family and Local History, Brigham Young University, 1980.

Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association; Fellow, Irish Genealogical Research Society – London; Lecturer, Course Coordinator (Ireland), Samford University’s IGHR; Past-President, FGS, 1997-2001.

Author of a series of articles in The Septs on Irish Genealogical Collections; currently Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch at the Family History Department of the LDS Church.

Past-President of Utah Genealogical Association.