Research in Albany Tour 2022

Wednesday, November 02 at 07:30am EDT
In-person
Albany, New York
Sponsored by New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

New for 2022, we make it easier than ever to make the most of your time in Albany with pre-tour orientations and an advance-personal consultation in October 2022. 

After preparing for your tour in October, we spend three days in Albany—with assisted research and genealogical camaraderie—with the people who know New York best.  

October 2022 Begin your on-demand orientation sessions
October 17 Live session for orientation and follow-up Q&A
November 1 Arrival in Albany
November 2–4 Assisted research in Albany

Your onsite tour includes personal consultations during your research at the New York State Archives and New York State Library. 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 and telephone directories, as well as archives and manuscripts. 

The Archives hold 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
  • Collections such as appointments and correspondence

Register early to choose your research consultant for your personal online session in October 2022.  

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

Registration

  • Registration: $699
  • NYG&B Member Registration: $595

In-person events are subject to New York State health and safety regulations and are subject to change. Capacity limits will apply. 

Register

More About Researching in Albany

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. 

This year’s tour begins with an online orientation and a consultation. We’ll gather Tuesday evening for those who arrive early. Wednesday morning breakfast includes a briefing before we proceed to the Archives and Library.  

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 
  • Private consultations (2) 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 
  • Buffet breakfast on Thursday and Friday 
  • Wednesday pre-dinner gathering at the Hilton 
  • Reduced rates at the Albany Hilton 

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

Click here to register 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.