08 April 2017

Saturday's Society : Capital District Genealogical Society

This week's Saturday's Society is on the local Capital District Genealogical Society. On and off since the late 1980s I was a member of this organization. I believe that I might have attended its very first meeting; which as I recall might have been held in a meeting room at the New York State Library.

The Society was founded in 1981 and the CDGS maintains a genealogy support desk at the New York State Library that is staffed by society volunteers Monday through Friday.

From the CDGS website its mission is:
  • To teach members and other interested persons how to trace their family roots, lineage, or heritage;
  • To provide help to those seeking information via queries on relatives and/or family who in the past had connections to the Capital District and adjacent counties;
  • To educate the general public and membership by conducting special programs relevant to the purpose of the Society;
  • To coordinate the interests and concerns of persons and/or organizations throughout the Capital District area, New York State and the country in the development of information and resources to better serve the purpose of the Society, the membership and the public at large. 
Their meetings are held at the Sanford Library (address below) on the fourth Saturday of each month; except for May when it is held on the third Saturday. There is no meeting in December.

William K. Sanford, Town of Colonie Library
629 Albany Shaker Road
Loudonville, N.Y. 12211

The meeting schedule follows as such:
12:00-1:00 Interest groups
1:00-2:30 Meeting and Speaker
2:30-3:30 Internet Resources

New York State Library:
The Capital District Genealogical Society maintains a genealogy support desk at the Library. This is operated by our volunteers who are on duty Monday - Friday.

Contact information for CDGS:

Captial District Genealogical Society
Empire State Plaza Station
PO Box 2175
Albany, New York 12220-0175