Important Notice

The OGS Kingston Branch library will be closed for approximately one month while it is moved from its temporary location at the Isabel Turner Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library to its new home in the newly-renovated Central Branch on Johnson Street. During the move, all of the KFPL local history and genealogy materials will be unavailable, including:

  • the Kingston Branch OGS (Ontario Genealogical Society) collection
  • the UELAC (United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada) collection
  • the Kingston Collection (local history)
  • Microfilm reels and machines
  • Vertical Files
  • Maps (map cabinet)
  • Fire Insurance Plans

During the closure your research questions are welcome, as always. We will do our best to assist during this time of limited access to our library collection. Kingston Branch OGS members and KFPL staff can be reached through the Contact pages of their respective websites:

  • Ontario Genealogical Society, Kingston Branch: Contact
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library: Contact Us

During the closure please keep in mind that the early city directories (1855-1923) and many other genealogy resources are available online. The Quick Links page of the Digital Kingston website provides shortcuts to the most frequently-used sources. During the closure, the print volumes of the Kingston city directories (1855-2001) will continue to be available at the Isabel Turner Branch as usual.

We’ll look forward to seeing you in our newly-renovated location very soon!

WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE

Based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, we are a branch of 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 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!

UPCOMING MEETINGS

  • Our next meeting will take place on Saturday, January 19th. Please join us!
  • Visitors are welcome. Please join us!  Each meeting is preceded by a brief educational session that starts at 9:30 am, followed a short business meeting at 10:00 am, and then a guest speaker or program. For more information about meeting times, locations, lunch arrangements and more, please visit our Meetings page.
  • Minutes of past meetings, speakers’ handouts, newsletters and more are available to Kingston Branch members in the Members Only section.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Members-Only Section  We are experiencing a problem with log-ins to the Members Only section of our website. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working hard to fix this. In the meantime, if you wish to access a Members Only item, please contact Jo Stanbridge at kingstonwebmaster@ogs.on.ca and we will send it to you by email. 

RECENT MEETINGS

November 17, 2018 – Kingston Branch member Nancy Cutway gave a fascinating talk and slideshow about searching for ancestors’ names on WWI monuments and memorials in northern France.

October 20, 2018 – Gail Dever gave a lively and well-attended presentation about Taking Advantage of Social Media for Your Research, discussing Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook, blogs, and more. During the brief educational session before her talk, branch member Thérèse Gilbert demonstrated some of the main research sites about Québec ancestors.

September 15, 2018 – Shirley-Ann Pyefinch gave an informative and interesting talk about recent developments and updates to the FamilySearch site.

May 19, 2018   James Brownell gave a very interesting talk and slideshow about The Lost Villages  which existed along the St. Lawrence River before the building of the seaway in the late 1950s.

April 21, 2018Kyla Ubbink gave an interesting and informative presentation about the Preservation of Documents and Photos.

March 17, 2018 — Dr. Bruce Elliott spoke to a full house on the topic of Ireland, Irish Immigration and Research in Canadian Records.

February 17, 2018 — Our Annual General Meeting and 45th Anniversary was celebrated with a silent auction, photo display and presentation of a certificate by OGS President Patti Mordasewicz. The meeting was preceded by an interesting talk by Joyce Fingland about Downloading Data from FTDNA or Ancestry and Uploading to GED Match.

January 20, 2018 — In a special double-session that began at 9:00 a.m., guest speaker Marian Press gave two excellent presentations: (1) Are You Really Finding It All When You Search?: Mining Databases For Every Nugget Of Information and (2) Putting Your Family Tree Online: Making Use of Modern Technology to Share What You Know.

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