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

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.
                                      5/20/2023 Chris Marney & Chris White
                                      1 pm ET

                                      The Genealogy of a House

If you could carefully pull apart your house piece by piece what would you learn? If you could identify all who lived in that house over the years what would you learn? A couple in Schenectady has done just that as part of a full historic restoration of their 1760's home. This presentation is a case study as you learn about their journey, the incredible things they've found (often literally) stuffed in the walls and he intimate details they've discovered about their home's inhabitants along the way.
June 24, 2023
1 pm ET

Where There's a Will...

Save your genealogy research from the trash with a "genealogy will" and legacy plan that helps your heirs preserve your family history. Today's genealogists leave a large footprint, physical an digital. Learn a step-by-step strategy for passing on inherited treasures, as well as lifetime research and online digital assets such as online family trees and DNA mapping.

July 22 - Family Tree Maker 24.1 Update with Mark Olsen

August 26 - Sharing Family History Online with Melissia Mason and Molly Charboneau

September 23 - Fold 3 with Debra Dudek

October 28 - Montgomery County Archives with Kelly Farquar

November 18 - Researching Using Catholic Church Records with Mary Doehla

*** Stay Tuned because sometime over the summer we are having a picnic so members can once again meet in person!