20 Oct

Research in Albany Tour 2021

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, October 22, 2021 - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Albany, New York
Event Sponsor: 
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

We expect to be back in Albany in the fall for three days of assisted research and genealogical camaraderie with the people who know New York best at the New York State Archives and New York State Library. 

Why research at the Library and Archives?  

Both repositories are rich in material available nowhere else pertaining to those who have lived in New York State. The Library’s open stacks hold extensive collections that include family genealogies, local histories, DAR records, church records, census records, early newspapers on microfilm (many not found elsewhere), and city directories, as well as archives and manuscripts.  

The holdings of the Archives include State records relating to military service (War of 1812 through World War I); land records (mostly transactions involving the Colony or State of New York); court records (including colonial wills and early nineteenth-century civil cases); records of some correctional and custodial institutions; and birth indexes to New York state vital records (excluding New York City). 

Why research with the NYG&B?  

The NYG&B offers a unique, guided research experience at the Library and Archives. Before the trip, participants complete a research questionnaire to ensure our consultants can provide individual, directed feedback to guide (and focus) your research. 

Please note: The trip will be most productive for research subjects other than those in the New York City. 

What is the Schedule?

This year’s tour begins with an orientation breakfast on Wednesday (October 20) before an onsite orientation at the Archives and Library. Following the orientation, a professional genealogist will meet with you individually to guide your next steps for the remainder of the tour. 

Additional social gatherings afford an opportunity to network with other researchers and professional genealogists. 

The program includes (schedule subject to change): 

  • Orientation to the New York State Archives and the New York State Library by staff experts 
  • A private consultation with a professional genealogist and follow-up as needed 
  • Access to professional genealogists for all three days of the program 
  • Orientation breakfast on Wednesday morning, October 20 
  • Buffet breakfast on Thursday and Friday 
  • Social gatherings
  • Reduced rates at the Albany Hilton 

Want to start your research earlier? Some participants will have the opportunity for an early consultation with a professional genealogist on Tuesday afternoon. 

    Registration: Wait List Open

    While the New York State Library and New York State Archives are not currently open to patrons, we do expect both facilities to be open in October. If you sign up on the wait list now, we will contact you as the capacity limits increase.

    No payment is requested to add your name to the wait list. As spots open in the tour, you will be contacted to see if you can still attend. Registration is paid by phone with an NYG&B staff member. 

    Join the wait list 

    Please be advised that all in-person events are subject to New York State health and safety regulations and are subject to change. 

    Program Fees

    • NYG&B Member Registration: $469 
    • Registration: $499 
    • Tuesday, October 19 Consultation (optional): $50 

    Register for the wait list or call 212-755-8532, ext. 211. 

    Please note: The Archives and the Library have few resources specific to New York City (most of those are held in New York City), but they do have important statewide collections that include city residents (military records, land grants/patents, etc.). The trip will be most productive for research subjects other than those in the New York City.