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 and 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.
Kingston Branch is now only selling Digital Download publications on the OGS Marketplace. Paper copies can still be ordered directly from the Branch by sending an e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Summer sale of paper publications
During the summer months, there will be a sale of paper publications. In June, Frontenac County publications are offered as follows: purchase one at the regular price and select one free, of equal or lesser value. Your shipping cost will be based on the price of your purchased publication only. This applies to current stock only, while supplies last. Refer to the Publication page of the Branch website <https://kingston.ogs.on.ca> for the list of available publications, and to the Price List for detail about each publication. Amendments will be made throughout the month. Please send your order to <email@example.com> and an invoice will be generated for you.”
The transcription of Morven Cemetery in Ernestown Township, Lennox & Addington County, is now complete. Indexing and final editing are ongoing. The earliest burials were in the 1850’s. We are looking forward to offering this cemetery publication for sale in printed form, PDF file or through the OGS e-Store in the near future.
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.
Presentations at Branch Meetings in 2022
16 April, 2022, at 10 a.m. Lynn Palermo presented: Writing Family History: Turning research into shareable Stories
Lynn Palermo is a writing & accountability coach helping family historians turn their family history research into shareable and entertaining stories.
Also known as the Armchair Genealogist, for the past 10 years, Lynn has coached thousands of students through her signature writing programs in the Family History Writing Studio.
She is a published author with a creative writing certificate from the University of Toronto. She has written a multi-generational heirloom book, a family history children’s book and a novella-length family history narrative along with numerous short stories and ancestor profiles. She’s produced many how-to workbooks for the family historian and offers virtual writing retreats, along with numerous workshops and webinars bothin-person and virtually.
Lynn is based in Ontario, Canada and is available for speaking opportunities across Canada both in person and virtually. She presents across the United States and globally for virtual summits, podcasts and interviews.
A recording of Lynn Palermo’s presentation is posted in the Members Only section of this website.
Her handout is in the Members Only section of our website.
On 21 May 2022 at 10 a.m., Jane Simpson presented: Genealogical Implications of Cemetery Disruptions: A Study of St. Thomas’ Church Burial Ground
In 1989, St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Belleville. undertook a
project to dismantle part of their old burial ground next to the church. St. Thomas’
was the premiere burial ground in Belleville’s early settler time before 1850. English
influence was at its foremost and the Anglican religion at its zenith, as
Upper Canada became a Province.
The burial ground operated from 1818 to 1874. While noble in purpose, the disruption of the consecrated cemetery had several unforeseen consequences due to the underestimation of the number of burials and problems with the legal, ethical, and professional regulations around such a project.
A recording of Jane Simpson’s presentation is located in the Members Only Section of this website.
17 September, 2022, at 10 a.m. Catharine 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.
For a list of some of the Diarists, please click on this link List of Diarists
Catharine Wilson, PhD, F.R.S.C., 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/
For more biographical information about Catharine Wilson, please click on this link More Biographical information
To register, please check back later for a Zoom link.
15 October 2022 at 10 a.m., Carol Ufford and Dawn Kelly will present: Scandal, Slavery and Survival: More tales from New France.
Dawn Kelly and Carol Ufford return with the third in their series of talks about New France.
This time, they will share stories of the first white child born alive in the St. Lawrence region, a man whose widow caused a scandal when she re-married after he was captured by the Iroquois and the little-known story of slave owners in New France.
Dawn Kelly is a veteran radio newscaster. In 1998, after 13-years moving town-to-town, up-and-down the dial in private radio, she signed on as a national newscaster at The Canadian Press. Dawn has won multiple national awards for her broadcasts as well as a Finalist Award from the New York Festival for Outstanding Achievement. She started searching for her Irish ancestors many years ago only to discover she has deep French-Canadian and Acadian roots.
Carol Ufford is a retired librarian and has been researching her family history off and on for over 30 years. Since retiring in 2016, she has been able to devote more time to her hobby and has made great progress on her family history story. Her family has deep roots in Ontario, but she is jealous of her husband’s deep French-Canadian roots on his father’s side, which include 35 Filles à Marier and 34 Filles du Roi. Carol is currently Chair of the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogy Society.
In 2021 Carol and Dawn won the Members’ Choice Award from the Toronto Branch of Ontario Ancestors for their presentations on New France.
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 retired 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.
Library staff are looking forward to seeing you again soon!