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 Members 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.

Reposting for the Kingston Historical Society until 28 February 2022: The Kingston Branch presentation by Joanne Stanbridge, Saturday, on May 15th, 2021 – “Kingston Frontenac Public Library: Around the Room in 40 Bookmarks”

Early Ontario Marriage Records 

Kingston Relations reported in the January/February 2022 issue that our Branch has been working in collaboration with Queen’s University Archives (QUA) to digitize and add early Ontario marriage records to the QUA website. This is the first of our 50th Anniversary projects and the hope is that it will be completed sometime in our anniversary year, 2023. 

 To see a copy of the article please click on this link: Kingston Relations January/February 2022

Here is how to find the project – go  to https://archives.queensu.ca/collections/transcription-project and create a free account.  Please read and follow the “General Transcription Tips”.  Click on “available projects” and scroll down to the “marriage records” collection (https://fromthepage.com/qua/marriage-records.  Note that there are ten sub-headings of marriage records, all of which need transcription. 

 Then you are ready to start transcribing or reviewing any page.  You can create or edit transcriptions by modifying the text entry field and saving.  Since OCR was enabled during digitization, the transcription is partially completed. 

Anyone is welcome to participate.   Please help Kingston Branch make this valuable resource available for all researchers. 

Riverview Cemetery Transcription Record Project

 The Town of Greater Napanee began assuming responsibility for Riverview Cemetery in May 2020 (along with Riverside Cemetery). A transcription record for Riverview Cemetery has never been published, and, in September, the Branch received permission from the Town of Greater Napanee to begin the process of creating one.

The cemetery is located on Dundas Street West, across from the L&A County General Hospital. Gravestone information (not transcriptions) had previously been recorded for parts of the cemetery, and in October and November, pictures were taken of the remaining gravestones to allow them to be transcribed from home over the winter.

This will entail a considerable amount of work, so if you are looking for something to do this winter and are interested in helping us transcribe those gravestones, please send an email to kingstoncemeteries@ogs.on.ca.

You do not need to be a branch member to help, and you will be acknowledged in the final transcription record.

Loyal They Remained                                                      Honouring Loyalist History Through Fiction

Monday, February 21, 7 p.m.

For more information click on this link Loyal They RemainedTo register and receive a Zoom link, please emailinfo@stalbanscentre.ca

Presentations at Branch Meetings in 2022

On January 15th, 2022 Stephen Young presented: Exploring Ontario Records at familysearch.org

Stephen Young is Deputy Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch.org            Email: youngsc@familysearch.org

 

A recording of this presentation will be available in the Members Only section of our website until 15 July 2022.

February 19th, 2022, at 10 a.m. Kingston Branch AGM

This AGM is open to Branch Members only.

Please come back later for a registration link.

February 19th, 2022, at 10:30 a.m.Veronica Stienberg, archivist, will present: Sisters of Providence Motherhouse History and the Home Children records

Contact the archivist with research inquiries, genealogical questions, home children searches, historical queries and to arrange tours of the Printing Room Museum and the Heritage Room,

To register, please click on this Zoom link  19 February 2022

March 19th, 2022, at 10 a.m. Janice Nickerson will present: Irish Protestant Immigration to Upper Canada: A Case Study

Please check back for more information and a Zoom link.

April 16th, 2022, at 10 a.m. Lynne Palermo will present: Writing Family History: Turning research into shareable Stories

Lynne Palermo, The Armchair Genealogist, writes, “I began my family history journey ten years ago. Spurred on by the passing of my in-laws, I grabbled with all those questions we didn’t ask. It is then that I picked up the torch as the family genealogist. I had no idea where it would take me and it continues to be a journey of self-discovery.

Over those 10 years, I have learned equally about myself as I have about my ancestors. I have discovered a love for writing family history and turning those dry facts into fascinating stories.

I live in Simcoe, Ontario with my husband and two daughters.

I have a background in management, human resources and training. I have authored my own family history book, The Waters of my Ancestors and I have written articles for several genealogy magazines, including Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle and Discovering Family History.

I am also a board director with Norfolk Historical Society.”

Please check back later for a Zoom link.

21 May 2022: To Be announced

17 September, 2022, at 10 a.m. Catherine Wilson will present: The Rural Diary Archive – Transcribing Daily Life in Eastern Ontario

The Rural Diary Archive website brings together the work of over 200 diarists from across Ontario (1820-1960) and continues to grow. Visitors can learn about the authors, easily read and search fully transcribed diaries in the collection and transcribe handwritten ones -all for free. This presentation  explores several Eastern Ontario diaries in the collection, the nature of diary writing, and the ways one can use diaries for one’s research.

Catharine Wilson holds the Redelmeier Professorship in Rural History at the University of Guelph. Her most recent book, Beeing Neighbours, the study of quilting and barn-raising bees, will appear in Fall 2022, published by McGill Queen’s University Press. She is also the Founder and Director of the Rural Diary Archive, https://ruraldiaries.lib. uoguelph.ca/

Please check back later for a Zoom link.

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.

Home access to Ancestry Library Edition ended on December 31st, 2021 but you can still access it free of charge from within any of KFPL’s sixteen branches.

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.

Jo Stanbridge will be retiring from her position as Local History and Genealogy Librarian on January 21st, 2022 but will be staying in Kingston and will continue to be an enthusiastic member of the Kingston Branch OGS. Jo is looking forward to seeing you all online and (fingers crossed) in “real life” before too long.

KFPL’s new Local History and Heritage Librarian will be Anne Hall. Anne can be reached through the Contact page of the KFPL website or by email at ahall@kfpl.ca

Library staff are looking forward to seeing you again soon!