15 May 2019

Thomas W. Jones presents at the Capital District Genealogical Society

An upcoming genealogy lecture hosted by the Capital District Genealogical Society that is not to be missed is this weekend when Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS presents on Finding "Unfindable" Ancestors.

Tom is a prolific genealogy writer. He is the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation among many more. The presentation room will fill early. 


Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 1:00 PM
Held at William K. Sanford Library

Town of Colonie
629 Albany Shaker Road
Loudonville, NY 12211For more information see the CDGS webpage

2019 Greek Festival

Yes, it is that time of the year again, Greek Festival. Albany goes Greek this weekend at St. Sophia, 440 Whitehall Road, Albany.
Friday, May 17, 6 pm - 10 pm
Saturday, May 18, 12 pm - 10 pm
Sunday, May 19, 12 pm - 7pm

$3 per day admission at the door. Kids 12 & under are FREE
Food - Dancing - Fun
Check the church webpage for more information

14 May 2019

Pittstown Historical Society Anti-Rent War Lecture

The Pittstown Historical Society will host historian Michael Barrett on Thursday, May 16th at 7:30 PM at the Pittstown Town Hall, 97 Tomhannock Road as he presents a lecture on the Anti-Rent War, 1839-1845. The conflict revolted against the leasing of property that tenant farmers paid to their feudal landlord, the Patroon of Rensselaerwyck. Barrett is the Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway and the Burden Iron Works Museum in Troy.

13 April 2019

Upcoming Gravestone Restoration & Dutch Genealogy Programs


Again, time flies, how is it that I have not posted in three weeks? Life, family, work, research, and client work take preference. Now that the weather is getting warmer work began at the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery. Seven stones were either up righted or re leveled this past week. We hope this progress can continue. On site and online research plus answering many queries are keeping me busy also.

In May and June, I will give three presentations, locally. One, on basic gravestone restoration. Two, on the restoration of the van Rensselaer family burial grounds in East Greenbush. Three, researching your Dutch ancestors from home. Details for these presentations are below.

Gravestone Cleaning and Restoration
Have you ever seen that unreadable gravestone or that toppled monument and wondered “what can I do to address its condition?” There is a correct way and a wrong way to remedy that gravestone. The program will detail gravestone conservation including cleaning, repair, what to do, what NOT to do, when to do nothing, and when to seek the help of a professional conservator.

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 7:30 pm
at the Mynderse-Frederick House
451 Route 146, Guilderland Center
518.861.8582

Restoration of the van Rensselaer Family Burial Ground in East Greenbush
A concise flash presentation on the efforts to restore the early nineteenth century burial grounds of the van Rensselaer family in East Greenbush. Numerous before and after photos will document the process. This talk is one part of the New Netherland Family History Day hosted by the New Netherland Institute. The event will feature consultations with professional genealogists and talks on using records from New Netherland for your research. The event will be held in the building that houses the New York State Museum.

Thursday, 30 May 2019, time TBA
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Avenue, Albany
518.486.4815

Online Dutch Research from Home
The Netherlands have outstanding genealogical records. Best of all; many of them can be found online and not through FamilySearch. Learn basic methodology to begin searching for your Dutch ancestors.  Discover the numerous online archives from the various provinces in the Netherlands and see the actual Civil Registration records and also Church Book records.

Saturday, 08 June 2019, 2 pm
2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland
518.456.2400

28 March 2019

March 2019 Update for the Friends of the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery

The following article is posted on the blog for the Friends of the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery. It is the latest update for what is planned.

Just a couple of days ago I took a ride through the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery. Unfortunately some gravestones have sustained some damage over the Winter. This adds a few more gravestones to the list that need attention. One such additional stone is that for the Civil War veteran that someone knocked over when his or her car was driven over the curb and into the cemetery. Plastic pieces of the car still remain at the site.

If all goes well, work will begin in the cemetery within two weeks. There are no set days for when the work will begin. Everything is weather, family, and work commitment dependent. We mentioned once before; there are approximately one hundred gravestones that need attention. Most are small and medium stones. However there are enough larger ones to keep us busy. Obviously we can upright more smaller stones in one day than the larger ones.

It is our desire to have the cemetery restoration project completed by the Fall of this year. If you are in the neighborhood of the cemetery, stop in to say hello, or to roll up your sleeves and join in with the project. Help will never be turned down.



22 March 2019

New Netherland Family History Day

Save the date: Thursday 30 May 2019 the New Netherland Institute (NNI)will host its first New Netherland Family History Day in Albany at the Cultural Education Center on Madison Avenue.

Descendants of the original New Netherland colonists are a large segment of the NNI membership. Therefore this program will enable descendants learn about resources on New Netherland.

The program is not yet finalized. Registration will open at the end of March. Genealogical, historical, and lineage societies are invited to rent tables where their information and goods can be distributed and or sold.

Individuals interested in giving a short presentation at the event are asked to send an email to nni@newnetherlandinstitute.org





21 March 2019

Slingerlands Vault Update

Wow, how time flies! Went to Salt Lake City for RootsTech and have been playing catch-up ever since. First post in quite a while. Life and work have been in the way of my genealogy pursuits, etc. Looking forward to doing many updates. Here is the first of more to come.

In today's online Times Union there is an update on the progress of the Slingerland Vault on New Scotland Road behind the former Mangia restaurant. A link to the story can be found here.