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

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).

Pamela Vittorio is a professional historian and genealogist. She manages the "Finding Their Routes - Family History & Genealogy" Facebook page, does research for a variety of clients, and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

She has completed extensive research on the Erie Canal, on a variety of topics, for over a decade. Pamela is also on the Board of Trustees of the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum (CLCBM) and often lectures there and at other upstate sites where she conducts workshops and programs on Erie Canal social and cultural history, language and genealogy.

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.

No Meeting in December

We return in January with a program about the resources available in the NYS Military Museum and Veterans Research Center.
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. 
(We are planning a private, guided field trip to this location in Spring of 2023)