Research in Albany Tour 2023

Monday, October 23 - Thursday, October 26
Albany, New York
Sponsored by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Join the NYG&B for our annual three days of in-person research in Albany. Before you arrive, make the most of your time in Albany with online pre-planning activities in September 2023, including a virtual tour of the facilities; an on-demand orientation session; and an advance, personal consultation with an expert genealogist.

Following September’s pre-planning activities, participants will have three days in October of in-person assisted research and genealogical camaraderie with the people who know New York best.

Rooms are available at the Albany Hilton at a special group rate. The code for the discounted rate will be included in your registration confirmation email.

Tour Schedule

Late September Begin your on-demand orientation sessions
October 23 Arrival in Albany
October 24-26 In-person assisted research in Albany

Your on-site tour includes personal consultations during your research at the New York State Archives (NYSA) and New York State Library (NYSL). Both repositories are rich in material available nowhere else pertaining to those who have lived in New York State.

NYSL’s open stacks hold extensive collections that include:

  • Family genealogies and local histories
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) records, church records, and census records
  • Early newspapers on microfilm (many not found elsewhere)
  • City and telephone directories
  • Archives and manuscripts.

NYSA hold New York 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
  • Birth indexes to New York State vital records (excluding New York City)

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

More About Researching in Albany

Why research with the NYG&B?

The NYG&B offers a unique, guided research experience at NYSL and NYSA. 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 as part of pre-planning. The first in-person day begins with a morning breakfast that includes a briefing before we proceed to NYSA and NYSL.

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

The program includes (schedule subject to change):

  • Orientation to NYSA and NYSL by staff experts
  • Private consultations with a professional genealogist and follow up as needed
  • Access to professional genealogists for all three days of the program
  • Orientation breakfast on Tuesday morning at the Albany Hilton
  • Pre-dinner gatherings at the Albany Hilton on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings
  • Breakfast at the Albany Hilton on Wednesday and Thursday mornings
  • Reduced rates at the Albany Hilton