12 Nov

Research in Albany Tour 2020

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 7:30am to Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Albany, New York
Event Sponsor: 
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Enjoy 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. 

This year’s tour begins with an orientation breakfast on Thursday (November 12) 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. 

Want to start your research earlier?  

Though the Library and Archives are closed on Wednesday, Thursday 11 (due to the Veterans Day holiday), some participants will have the opportunity for an early consultation with a professional genealogist on Wednesday afternoon. 

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 Thursday morning, November 12 
  • Buffet breakfast on Friday and Saturday 
  • Thursday pre-dinner gathering at the Hilton 
  • Reduced rates at the Albany Hilton 

Program Fees 

  • NYG&B Early-Member Rate: $429 (through April 30, 2020) 
  • NYG&B Member Rate: $469 
  • Nonmember Rate: $499 
  • Wednesday, November 11 Consultation (optional): $50 

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.