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Please join us as we Celebrate 50 Years as a Branch in the Ontario Genealogical Society! For photos from our 50th year celebration on October 15th, 2023, please click on this link 



About us
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  <[email protected]>

Presentations at Branch Meetings in 2024

Presentations from January to the present, please click here.

Our next Presentation will be on 21 September 2024 at 10 am.

Jenna Lemay has been involved in genealogical research for over 10 years and has been working in the Archives and Public History sector for almost as long. Working in the archives of a former Residential School and living on traditional Anishinaabe territory in Northern Ontario, she specializes in First Nations and Métis ancestry research. Jenna has worked with many clients to help them understand whether or not they have Indigenous ancestry and whether they are eligible for Indigenous status under the Canadian Federal government.

This presentation will teach you the basics of researching Indigenous ancestors in Ontario. Some common problems will be discussed along with tips for how to deal with these issues. A case study of a Northern Ontario Indigenous family will be used to illustrate these methods.

To register please click on this link 21 September 2024

Presentations for the remainder of 2024, please click here.

Drop-ins offered by our branch and KFPL

Kingston Branch and Kingston Frontenac Public Library collaborated to host genealogy drop-ins in October to November, 2023. The sessions ran from 1-3 pm.

All sessions have taken place. You are invited to check back in September 2024, to see when other drop-ins are scheduled.

Publication Breaking News: Books and Documents available from our branch and from the Ontario Genealogy Societies’ website

  1. Smit Bible Collection
  2. Riverview Cemetery, Napanee
  3. Early Ontario Marriage Records
  4. Kingston Branch and Pay Per View – August 2023



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.

Some KFPL Short video tutorials (Click here for what’s available) 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.

KFPL’s Local History and Heritage Librarian is Anne Hall. Anne can be reached through the Contact page of the KFPL website or by email at [email protected]