Welcome to Our Website

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.

Recent Branch Meetings

On September 18th, 2021,  Jane MacNamara presented: Records of Migration and Settlement at the Archives of Ontario. 

Her handout is located in the Members Only section of this website. (Please see banner above.)

On October 16th, 2021, Elise C. Cole presented: Copyright and the Family Historian.

Family Historians both use and create materials to which copyright applies, and both actions can create uncertainty. When conducting research, we are unsure about when to ask permission to reproduce the information we’ve uncovered. In the case of our own work, how do we ensure it is protected from being copied without our consent? Come to this session to learn how to more easily navigate copyright issues as a Family Historian.

Future Meeting of the Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society:

November 20th, 2021, at 10 a.m. Paul Van Nest will present: Remembering my Cousin and his Family: Bomber Command in WW2.

Paul Van Nest writes, “After I finish the presentation, I would like to ask for help on locating the daughter of my cousin’s wife, Dora, in the Newcastle area. She was born to Dora’s second husband after the war. I’m hoping the daughter may have kept her step-father’s letters and pictures. I know this is a faint hope. We have a critical gap in Glenn’s letters to his mother from mid-Aug to mid-Sep. During that period, he changed squadrons and his home station, and was promoted to Pilot Officer. If his daughter has any of Dora’s letters, they could fill in this gap.”

To register, please click on this Zoom link: November 20th registration


Genealogical Holdings at Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central Branch

Kingston Frontenac Public Library

The Kingston Branch OGS collection and microfilm collection are available to the public whenever the library’s Central Branch is open. For library hours, locations and announcements, please visit www.kfpl.ca.

Until the end of 2021, Ancestry Library Edition can be accessed from home using your KFPL library card and PIN. It is also accessible in-library at any KFPL branch.

Short video tutorials about about Ancestry Library Edition and historical Kingston newspapers are available free on the KFPL YouTube channel.

For updates about the library’s status with regard to COVID restrictions, please visit the COVID Updates page of the KFPL website.

KFPL librarian Jo Stanbridge, Local History and Genealogy, can be reached through the Contact page of the KFPL website or by email at jstanbridge@kfpl.ca

Library staff are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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