Based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, we are a branch of  Ontario Ancestors, the provincial Ontario Genealogical Society. Our branch was established in 1973. We are an active and friendly group, with a membership that includes both new and experienced researchers. We meet eight or nine times a year for educational talks, information sessions, and other activities.

We encourage and assist those who are interested in family history in the City of Kingston, in Frontenac County and Lennox & Addington County. We also maintain an extensive Library of books and other research materials and an on-going publications program, with more than 200 books available for sale.  You’re welcome to join us. For more information, please visit our Membership page. We’ll look forward to seeing you!

There is a wealth of information in the Member Only section of the website! Many recordings of presentations and many handouts. Worth a look! Go to the Member only section by clicking “Member Only” in the menu bar above.

Not a member but you would like to listen to the presentations? Why not become a member of the branch? There are many other benefits of being a member of the branch. For other benefits, please click on becoming a member of the Kingston Branch.

Genealogical Holdings at Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central Branch

Please join us at our next Branch Meeting, on the 15th of May, at 10 a.m., when Joanne Stanbridge will present  “Kingston Frontenac Public Library: Around the Room in 40 Bookmarks”

Joanne Stanbridge joined the staff of Kingston Frontenac Public Library in 1998, and has served as the library’s subject specialist in Genealogy and Local History since 2012. She holds a B.A. in English and Fine Art from the University of Guelph, an M.A. in English from Concordia University, and an M.L.I.S. (Masters in Library and Information Studies) degree from McGill University. She has written and illustrated several children’s books about historical subjects, and is an enthusiastic researcher of her own family history. She belongs to the Kingston Branch of Ontario Ancestors, the Kingston Historical Society, and several other historical societies in Frontenac County.

Do you remember the grand re-opening of our Central Branch on March 23, 2019?  We welcomed many of you to the newly-renovated library with its beautiful Local History Room. One year later, the world suddenly changed. For various reasons (!) you may not have been able to visit this new space recently. In this presentation, we’ll tour the local history and genealogy collection. We’ll point out useful books, maps, newspapers and other resources that you can access online, even when the library is closed. We’ll also talk about resources that cannot be accessed during lockdowns, and how to work around that problem.

The talk will include a handout with 40 links and strategies to keep your research moving forward. Please join us!

To register for Joanne Stanbridge’s talk, please click on this link: Register

The Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives are offering a series of free events – see the details HERE

Future Meetings:

June 19 – Dawn Kelly and Carol Ufford: “Murder and Mayhem / Settlers and Sinners / Colonists and Criminals — More Thrilling Stories from New France”

To register for the June 19th presentation, please click on this link: Register


The public library has returned to curbside pickup service for the duration of the “emergency brake” shutdown in Ontario. While this situation is in effect, please feel free to contact me as usual by email: jstanbridge@kfpl.ca, or phone: 613-549-8888 ext. 3590, or through the contact form on the library’s website.

For up-to-date information and updates about the library’s COVID status, please visit the COVID-19 Updates page of the KFPL website.

During the provincial shutdown, unfortunately, you won’t be able to access microfilm or use the books in the Local History Room. However, we’ll do our best to provide lookups and scans by email as usual. Please leave a message telling me what you’re looking for, and I’ll get back to you. Research questions are also welcome as usual. We’ll do our best to help

Video tutorials about how to access Ancestry Library Edition from home can be found on the KFPL YouTube channel. Home access to Ancestry Library Edition has been extended to the end of June 2021.

Thanks to a recent digitization project led by the Frontenac Heritage Foundation, twenty-five additional years of the Daily British Whig were recently added to the collection of historical Kingston newspapers that are available online. You can now browse and search Kingston newspapers from 1810-1926 free via Digital Kingston and/or Our Ontario. For tips and tricks about how to work with these newspapers, check out our recent video Newspaper Tutorial series on YouTube.

I can hardly wait to see you all again. Hang in there, stay well, and we’ll catch up with you again soon.

Joanne Stanbridge, Librarian
Local History and Genealogy
Kingston Frontenac Public Library
613-549-8888 ext 3590