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Calendar of Upcoming Genealogy Related Events

Some events are sponsored by CDGS and are so identified. Other events are sponsored by other organizations. (Click on the Calendar Image)

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It's 2024 and we have a great lineup of programs lined up. Go to the Meetings tab to learn about this year's presentations.

Special Interest Groups

Everyone who is interested in family history is not necessarily interested in the same subject area or skillset. With that in mind CDGS sponsors three Special Interest Groups. Opportunities for members to delve into their family history in a smaller group setting. 

  • Writers' Workshop - led by retired English Professor Paul Lamar. Participants refine how to express their thoughts and research in a written format. There is a $35 surcharge for participation in this group.
  • French/French Canadian Research - This is a newly forming group who will share sources, tips, tricks, etc. to improve reseach of their French or French Canadian ancestors. There is no charge for paricipation in this group.
  • Jewish Genealogy - This group  will focus on finding those elusive Jewish ancestors. There may also be opportunities to volunteer in Jewish Cemetery clean up. There is no charge for participation in this group.

If you are interested in any of these groups email

Exciting news!!!

Our June and July meetings will be in-person at the Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library. They won't be exactly like the old meetings but pretty close. We will meet in a large (holds 110 people) room. There will be conversation, a book table, refreshments, etc. At 1 we will watch that month's presentation on a large screen at the front of the room. It will still be a live stream Zoom presentation. People in the room will have the chance to ask questions which will be read to the speaker. The library is beautiful, well-lit, plenty of parking, It is handicapped accessible. We will be on the second floor, but there is an elevator as well as stairs. The library recently became a Family Search Affiliate Library. We hope many of you will be able to join us as we would love to meet you face-to-face. If you can't make it you can still watch the presentation on Zoom. We are working out the details, so stay tuned for updates.

Lisa Lisson

How to Read Old Handwriting

Struggling to read those old historical documents? Gain invaluable insights and practical strategies for deciphering your ancestors' records, allowing you to uncover hidden stories and connect with your heritage in ways you never thought possible. From understanding the evolution of handwriting styles to employing innovative techniques for enhancing legibility, this talk promises to equip you with the skills and confidence needed to navigate the rich tapestry of your family's history. Don't miss this opportunity to sharpen your genealogical prowess and forge deeper connections with your roots!

Speaker Lisa Lisson is the genealogy expert behind Are You My Cousin? a website designed to help genealogy researchers around the world grow their family trees without being overwhelmed. Through hundreds of genealogy articles, YouTube videos and international speaking opportunities, Lisa shares research strategies and how-to genealogy tutorials. Callisto Media recently published her latest book 100 Questions for Grandma.

July 27, 2024

1 pm ET. (Zoom)

12:30 (in-person at the Clifton Park Halfmoon Library

Meeting Rooms A & B

August 24, 2024

Picnic Time !!!

Where: 6 Mile Waterworks Park

Albany (Off Fuller Road Colonie)

When:  12 noon - 3 pm

You bring your own lunch, we'll provide water, but if you want something else you have to bring it yourself. We also provide dessert.  There are some picnic tables but if you want to move around you should bring your own chair.  There is a covered pavilion and we are very close to the lake.  It's a really nice spot.

There is parking below, but there are also a few handicapped parking spots next to the pavilion and rest rooms. If you need to unload stuff you can drive up, unload, then move your car to the parking lot.   Hope to see you there.