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.

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  <kingstonpublications@ogs.on.ca>

Morven Cemetery

The transcription, indexing and final editing of Morven Cemetery, Ernestown Township, Lennox & Addington County, is now complete (133 p., ISBN: 978-0-7779-4739-5).  The earliest burials were in the 1850’s.  Information for unreadable stones was extracted from transcriptions completed in 1938 and 1975.  This publication is now available for sale in printed form ($30.00 plus postage) or PDF file ($15.00) from the branch by sending an email to kingstonpublications@ogs.on.ca or as a digital download ($15.00) through the OGS marketplace.”

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 the fall of 2022

 17 September, 2022, Catharine Wilson presented: 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.

Missed the presentation? You may watch a recording by going to the Members Only section of this website.

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.

To register, please click on the following Zoom link 15 October 2022 at 10 a.m

19 November 2022 at 10 a.m., Christine Woodcock will present: Meaningful Gift Giving 

Meaningful Gift Giving: Beginner Level

Memories are evocative and help us to treasure the lives and stories of our families.

As the keeper of the family history, many of us are also the keeper of the family photos. But how can we share these photos in ways that will be meaningful and treasured by others?

Join us as we look at a number of gifts that can be created that will be meaningful to the receiver and will be treasured for many years, perhaps generations, to come.

Some ideas: · Calendars · Photobooks · Wall art · Coasters · Ornaments · Mugs and more

Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator. She began her foray into family history by creating a family history book which was shared with her aunts, uncles and numerous cousins and which quickly became a treasured family heirloom.

Seeing the reaction that shared stories and memories held for her family members, Christine has worked to assist others to use their treasured family photos to create meaningful gifts to share the memories and photos with family.

To register, please click on the following Zoom link 19 November 2022 

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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.

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!