31 Oct

Research in Albany Tour 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, November 2, 2018 - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Albany, New York
Event Sponsor: 
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Join the NYG&B for the annual Research in Albany, featuring three days of assisted research and genealogical camaraderie with the people who know New York best.

The New York State Library and the Archives are both rich in material available nowhere else that pertains to people who have lived throughout New York State.

Participants complete a research questionnaire before the trip, and our expert consultants provide feedback on not only their questions, but how to focus the research itself.

Collections at the New York State Library

The New York State Library’s 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

Collections at the New York State Archives

The holdings of the New York State 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
  • 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 trip will be most productive for research subjects other than those in the New York City.

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.  


Program features

  • 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 31
  • Thursday breakfast
  • Wine and cheese reception on Wednesday and Thursday evenings
  • Reduced rates at the Albany Hilton


Registration and Hotel Accommodations

Register NewYorkFamilyHistory.org; or call 212-755-8532, ext. 211.

The early program fee is $390 for members (through June 30)

Regular program fee is $425 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. 

Click here to register today