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!

Missed the Mags Gaulden presentation “An Update on DNA Research” on April 17th and you are a member of the branch? It is now available in  the Members Only Section of this website.

Not a member but you would like to hear Mags Gaulden’s presentation? 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.

For a biography of  Mags Gaulden, please click on Magsdetailedbiography

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

Future Meetings:

May 15 – Joanne Stanbridge: “What’s New and What’s Available At Kingston Frontenac Public Library”.

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


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