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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.

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

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate is a great opportunity to explore your options on saving the special pieces of a senior's life and what to do with the other 'not-so-cherished' possessions. We encourage our older family members to put their estate in order (power of attorney, a health care proxy a will or trust) but what is the missing link? The family history and family artifacts! It can take just two generations for memories of an ancestor to disappear from the memories of our descendants. What happens to the family memories, artifacts, stories, and photographs is really up to you. This program from the University of Minnesota Extension provides people with practical information about the inheritance and transfer of non-titled personal property (such as a treasured pie plate, a favorite workshop tool or fishing rod). It assists families to communicate, make decisions, and lesson the conflicts when transferring personal property.Topics presented by the guest speaker, Bonnie Lewis, RN:
Documenting your family history that is tied into these precious family artifacts; Evaluating your options when distributing the treasured family possessions; What is fair? Family experiences and being sensitive to what ‘fair’ means in your family;And setting up ground rules & managing the conflicts if they arise.

Bonnie has been the Dependent Care Educator for the Caregiver Resource Center, a co-partnered program between Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Office for the Aging of Sullivan County, since 1999. In her role as Dependent Care Educator, she provided information and referrals, classes and workshops relating to caregiving and aging, and facilitated support groups. Over the past six years Bonnie has also provided classes and support groups for caregivers assisting individuals with dementia under an additional partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter. Prior to working for CCE Sullivan, she worked at Garnett Sullivan Hospital for 18 years, on their pediatric unit, provided private duty nursing and worked for United Way of Sullivan County.

This presentation will be recorded. Bonnie has graciously not placed any limits on video availability, so  members of CDGS will be able to watch it for the first time or re-watch it  on our website in the "members only" area for an extended time. 

After the Revolutionary War, there was a shift away from the earlier land transfer approaches. The Holland Land Company, Oliver Phelps, Nathaniel Gorham, Sir William Pulteney, William Constable, and many others operated land companies in the post-war period. Understanding how and where these companies functioned opens a treasure trove of records the prudent New York researcher will not want to miss.


Skip Duett is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author specializing in Upstate New York research and Y-DNA analysis. He is conducting cutting-edge research in the application of advanced Y-DNA analysis for genealogy. He is also actively researching post-Revolutionary War New York land settlement and records outside county deeds. He serves on the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B) Family History Advisory Committee.

June 25, 2022
Post Revolutionary War Land Development
Skip Duett
May 21, 2022, 1 pm ET
Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate
Bonnie J. Lewis
Meeting List for 2022
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.
  • May 21 - Bonnie J. Lewis - Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate

This video will be available in "members only" for an unlimited time period.

  • June 25 - Skip Duette - Land Companies: Post-Revolutionary War Land Development

This video will be available in "members only" for 60 days after the presentation.

  • July 23 - Marietta Carr - Preservation of Photographs and Documents

  • August 27- Dr. Jennifer Burns (pending) with Albany Institute researchers Black entrepreneurs in Albany

  • September 24- presentations by writers in the Special Interest Group

  • October 22 - Pamela Vittoria - The People of the Erie Canal

  • November - David Rencher - Irish Records