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 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.

Morven Cemetery

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

On 19 March, 2022, at 10 a.m. Janice Nickerson presented:  Castlecomer to Montague: A Case Study in Irish Protestant Immigration to Upper Canada

Janice Nickerson writes: “How many times have you heard that Irish immigrants, especially early ones, are impossible to trace? This case study belies that well-known “fact”, showing how it is possible to discover an exact place of origin, a likely motivation for migration, a clear path and modes of travel, and process of settlement. This lecture will walk you through the one family’s migration story, and the records I used to discover it.”

Professional genealogist Janice Nickerson loves a good challenge whether it’s identifying elusive ancestors, tracking disappearing descendants or telling richer family stories. Her specialties include early Ontario research, criminal justice records and using genealogy gifts and games to create a legacy. Janice is a proud 8th-generation Canadian, with English, German, Irish, Welsh and First Nations ancestry. Her company website is UpperCanadaGenealogy.com

For Janice Nickerson’s pdf handout for her presentation on 19 March 2022, please go to the Members Only section of this website and find it in the Handouts from Past meetings section.

For a recording of the March 19th presentation, please go to the Members Only section of this website. 

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.

21 May 2022 at 10 a.m., Jane Simpson will present Genealogical Implications of Cemetery Disruptions: A Study of St. Thomas’ Church Burial Ground 

Presentation Summary:
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.

For more on Jane Simpson’s presentation, click here More information

Jane’s Biography
Jane was born in Belleville. Her summers were spent on the Bay
of Quinte with her grandparents where life was lived as it had
been for generations. Jane is a retired Registered Nurse living in
Kanata. She is a member of the Hastings County Historical
Society; the Ontario Ancestors (OGS), Quinte Branch; and the
United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, Bay of Quinte
Branch, and the Ottawa Independent Writers Society.
Jane has published “Soldier, Settler, Sinner: The Remarkable Life
of Captain Charles MacDonald.” She is presently completing her
book about a Prince Edward County family, “Shades
of Allegiance: The Experience of the Girauds/Gerow Family in
the American Revolution”

To register for the May 21st presentation, please click on this Zoom link 21 May, 2022

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.

 

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 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.

KFPL’s new Local History and Heritage Librarian is 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!