What are the highlights of the genealogy and local history collections?
Our circulating collection includes books for beginning genealogists including The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, as well as guides to exploring your Irish, British, German, African-American or Jewish roots.
Our microfilm collection includes coverage of the Times-Union for the years 1976-present and the Federal Census 1790-1930.
City Directories on microfilm cover the years : 1861-1867, 1868-1873, 1874-1877, 1878-1881, 1882-1885, 1886-1888, 1889-1891, 1892-1894, 1895-1896, 1897-1899, 1927-1928, 1929-1930, 1931-1932, 1933-1935, 1941-1942. Print directories for Albany and Colonie cover 1943, 1945, 1947 - present.
The library subscribes to Ancestry Library Edition, an online database, for use in the library.
Our Local History reference collection includes works on Albany, Bethlehem, Cohoes, Green Island, Rensselaerville and Watervliet along with New York State histories. We also shelve local histories for Columbia, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie and Warren counties.
The Town Historian’s office located at Colonie Town Hall holds a wealth of information on our town’s history and residents. Kevin Franklin, our very knowledgable town historian, opens his office to the public on weekdays.
The Capital District Genealogy Society meets on the third Saturday of the month at the Colonie Library. The computer group begins at 1:00 PM. The speaker/program begins at 2:30 PM.