Research in Albany 2011

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Visit the New York State Archives and Library with the organization that knows New York best: The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society.

We’ve been providing guided programs and expert advice in Albany since 1993. The Education Committee, with thanks to Meriwether Schmid, FGBS, for her leadership, sponsors this trip.

This program will be held Thursday, November 3, through Saturday, November 5, 2011. As with past programs, we will provide our members with three days of assisted research at the Library and Archives, plus social events.

Travel to Albany on your own (several carriers serve the Albany County airport, and there is frequent Amtrak Service). The Crowne Plaza also provides a complimentary shuttle bus to and from the train station.

Stay at the Crowne Plaza, Albany-City Center Hotel, within walking distance of the Library and Archives. The Crowne Plaza also provides a complimentary shuttle bus to the Archives and Library.

During the three days, you will do your own research, assisted by the Library and Archives staff, volunteers from the Capital District Genealogical Society, and NYG&B experts from our staff and Education Committee.

Thursday morning will begin with orientations of the available resources, conducted by Library and Archives staff.

On Thursday evening registrants will be invited to a program dinner at the hotel, with a talk presented by well-respected New York researcher, Peter Christoph, who was instrumental in initiating the publication of the New York Historical Manuscripts series.

Friday evening a wine and cheese reception will be held at the hotel, affording you a chance to compare notes with other registrants, after two full days of research.

The New York State Library has a large genealogy and local history collection, containing many titles not available elsewhere. In addition it has a major map collection, one of the largest collections of New York State newspapers, and thousands of unique manuscripts. The Library is also a repository for the Family Bible and Cemetery Records series of the New York State DAR. Visit the Library’s website at, where the catalog is available.

The New York State Archives preserves records generated by the State government (and its colonial predecessors). Collections of particular value to genealogists include probate, land, court, and military records, as well as records of some State-run correction and custodial institutions. The Archives also has indexes to New York State vital records (outside of New York City). Visit the Archives website at for more information.

Other Albany Repositories: If you have Albany County ancestry you will also have the opportunity visit, on your own, nearby government offices as well as the Albany Public Library and Albany Institute of History and Art.

TO REGISTER: The program fee, including a dinner, reception, and all other arrangements, is $110 for members, $150 for non-members. Guests for dinner, $30. We have arranged a special room rate at the Crowne Plaza of $99 per night, single or double. Please call the hotel directly at 518-462-6611 and mention that you are attending the NYG&B program to get this rate. You may register online or contact Lauren Maehrlein at; or by telephone 212-755-8532, ext. 211.

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:00am to Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 5:00pm
New York State Archives and Library
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
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