Welcome

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

  • Saturday, October 20th – Gail Dever will be our guest speaker and her topic will be Taking Advantage of Social Media for Your Research. Learn how to use social media, such as Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook, and blogs, to help with your family history research. During the brief educational session that precedes her talk, branch member Thérèse Gilbert will focus on some of the main research sites for Québec ancestors.
  • Saturday, November 17th – In connection with Remembrance Day, Nancy Cutway will speak to us about WWI and Vimy.
  • 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

Website Welcome to the new WordPress version of our website. All of the content from the previous version can be found here, in a slightly revised format. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the webmaster at kingstonwebmaster@ogs.on.ca

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

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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