13 Sep

Research in Albany 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 1:00pm to Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:00pm
Event Location: 
New York State Library and Archives
Event Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Join the wait list for the NYG&B's annual Research in Albany, which features three days of assisted research and genealogical camaraderie with the people who know New York best.

One of the best features of the research trip is the research questionnaire participants complete before the trip.

Consultants provide feedback to the attendees on not only their question, but how to focus the research question itself.

The Library and the Archives are both rich in material available nowhere else that pertains to people who have lived throughout New York State. The Library has open stacks and holds extensive collections that include:

  • Family genealogies
  • Local histories
  • DAR records
  • Church records
  • Census records
  • Early newspapers on film
  • City directories
  • 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 19th-century civil cases)
  • Records of some correctional and custodial institutions
  • Indexes to New York state vital records (excluding New  York City).

Please note that 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 Library and Archives are conveniently located in the same building, along with the New York State Museum. The State Capitol has weekday tours, so researchers may wish to plan extra time for one. The Albany Institute of History and Art is within walking distance. The trip will be most productive for research subjects other than those in the New York City.

The program includes:

  • 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
  • Welcome dinner on Tuesday evening, September 12 (guests not registered for the research
  • experience may attend the dinner for $49)
  • Wine and cheese reception on Wed. evening
  • Reduced rates at the Albany Hilton

Click "Register" to join the wait list, or call 212-755-8532 x211.

The program fee is $390 for members and $455 for nonmembers.

We have arranged a special room rate at the Albany Hilton of $144 per night, single or double. To make a reservation, please call the hotel directly at 866-691-1183 and mention conference code 1NYGBS to get this rate.