13 May 2016

Genealogy Programs at Excelsior College

Recently I discovered that the Center for Professional Development at Excelsior College offers two online non-credit certificate programs in genealogy. The courses are Genetic Genealogy and Practicum in Genealogical Research. Both courses are for 16 weeks and cost $1595.00. Excelsior is offering a 10% discount for NEHGS, NGS, or APG members. Classes begin on 6 September and the enrollment deadline is 31 August. Course descriptions can be found here. Both courses are taught by highly respected and nationally known genealogists.

12 May 2016

Upcoming Local & NYS Genealogical/Cemetery Events

This area will have quiet a few upcoming genealogy and cemetery events happening soon and into the future. A list of these events is below. Please contact the hosts if planning on attending, as costs are involved with some of these programs.

21 May 2016, at the Town of Colonie, Sanford Library, 629 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville
Cemeteries and Family History: Alexis Graham and Bob Posson
12:00-1:00 Interest groups
1:00-2:30 Meeting and Speaker
2:30-3:30 Computer Resources

Sitting at the computer or getting your hands dirty: cemeteries are a valuable tool for documenting genealogy lineage. Alexis will introduce us to the three most popular gravesite websites with a focus on Find a Grave. Bob will then take us through the steps of field research; you'll be surprised at the mysteries that can be solved and tender sentiments that can be uncovered in the reading and preserving of headstones for future generations.

25 June 2016, at the New York State Library, Albany
Research Tour at the New York State Library
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Join us for a day of exploring the genealogical resources at the New York State Library and Archives. There are published genealogies, local histories, church records, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) records, United States and New York State Census records, newspapers on microfilm, city directories and much more. Orientation tours will be at 10am and 12:30pm. CDGS volunteers will be available for assistance.

  • The Friends of the New Mount Ida Cemetery will be conducting work at restoring damaged gravestones at the cemetery with professional gravestone conservator, Joe Ferrannini.
4 June 2016New Mount Ida Cemetery, Pinewoods Avenue, Troy
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

21 May 2016, at the Gardener Crematorium in Oakwood Cemetery, Oakwood Avenue, Troy
8:30 AM - 2:45 PM

30 - 31 July 2016, at the Great Camp Sagamore, Raquettte Lake, New York
Cemeteries, Materials, and Care

2016 New York State Family History Conference 
15 - 17 September 2016, at the Liverpool Holiday Inn, Syracuse

Now in its third year, the event will bring together hundreds of genealogists from across the United States to learn about their New York ancestry.

Research in Albany 2016
26 - 28 October 2016, at the New York State Library & Archives

The NYG&B's popular annual Albany research trip is Wednesday-Saturday, October 26-28, 2016. Join the New York experts, the people who know New York research best, for three days of research concentrated in the vast resources of New York State Archives (NYSA) and the New York State Library (NYSL). You'll also enjoy the camaraderie of friendly people who share your interest in family history.