Welcome

UPCOMING MEETINGS

  • On Saturday, March 16th we will welcome Ruth Blair for a presentation about Irish genealogy resources, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The title of her talk is “Calling All Irish Ancestors: Researching Irish Records.”
  • 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.

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!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The OGS Kingston Branch library will be closed temporarily 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

Please visit the KFPL website for information and updates about the renovations to the Central Branch.

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!

RECENT MEETINGS

Saturday, January 19th – Graphologist Carol St. Clair presented a lively and informative talk Tales of the Script, showing how handwritten documents can provide clues about an ancestor’s personality. The brief educational session was presented by Mimi Merrill, the director of the Family History Centre in Glenburnie, which will soon re-open to the public.

Descriptions of meetings from previous years are on the Past Meetings page. Minutes can be found in the Members-Only section.