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Please join us as we Celebrate 50 Years as a Branch in the Ontario Genealogical Society! 

For what’s happening, please click on “50th Year”  in the menu above. We will post updates throughout the year. 

 

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. 

Publication Committee News

by Paul Woodrow, Publications Chairman

Several years ago, Kingston Branch received copies of the books described below. All were published by Mika Publishing Company, Belleville.

Frontenac at Cataraqui, 1673-1973, 84 p. Count Frontenac, the Governor of New France, established a fort on the site where Fort Frontenac is located today. In 1973, a re-enactment of the original landing took place as part of Kingston’s Tercentenary. This book describes the planning of this event, the script which accompanied the arrival of the canoes and bateaux which had travelled from Lachine, Quebec, list of participants and numerous photos taken during the 1973 event. Price: $3.00, soft cover.

Kingston Splendid Heritage, 96 p. This book contains a history of the development of Kingston and many high quality photographs of significant Kingston buildings. Price: $7.00, hardback.

Kingston Historic City, 192 p. Kingston’s history is depicted in more detail than the previous book and the numerous photographs and maps are reproduced in high quality. Price: $10.00, hardback.

Splendid Heritage, Historical Buildings of Ontario, 142 p. This book celebrates Ontario’s heritage. Its numerous photographs, combined with descriptive text, tell stories of many of Ontario’s significant historic buildings. Price: $10.00, hardback.

Copies of these books are still available. Contact kingstonpublications@ogs.on.ca.

On the Members’ Only section of our website, the following publications have been added:
 Abstracts of Surrogate Court Wills, Kingston and Vicinity,1790-1858;
 Index to Wills Probated, Frontenac County, 1857-1973;
 Wesleyan Methodist Baptisms, 1834-1898, Including Strays, Errors and Omissions;
 The Napanee Letters of James McKitterick, 1877-1885 (Index only);
 Book of Ancestors, a Branch 20th anniversary publication.

Presentations at Branch Meetings in the fall of 2022

 15 October 2022, Carol Ufford and Dawn Kelly presented: Scandal, Slavery and Survival: More tales from New France.

Dawn Kelly and Carol Ufford returned with the third in their series of talks about New France.

This time, they shared 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.

If you missed the presentation, please  go to the Members Only section of this website where you will find the recording and a handout.

19 November 2022, Christine Woodcock presented: Meaningful Gift Giving 

 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

If you missed this presentation, please go to the Members Only section of our website where you will find a recording of the presentation.

Presentations at Branch Meetings in the New Year 2023

21 January 2023 Sherilyn L. Bell, BSc UE will present “Unusual Family History– What lies beneath.”

Sherilyn Bell received her BSc in Biology in 1986 from the University of Toronto and periodically speaks on genetic genealogy.  As part of an anthropology course, she assembled her family’s pedigree and never stopped, joining the Ontario Genealogical Society in 1989.  Sherilyn met fellow genealogist Jeff Stewart at the Archives of Ontario; they eventually married in 1993.  Naturally, they honeymooned in Salt Lake City.  She researched a specific branch of her family back to their Loyalist immigration, earning her UE designation.  She currently works at The Centre for Applied Genomics, The Hospital for Sick Children.

If you missed the presentation, please  go to the Members Only section of this website where you will find the recording.

18 February 2023 – Jennifer Debruin – “Slavery Along The St. Lawrence River”  

To register please click on this link.           

18 MARCH 2023 – Melanie McLellan – “The Great Hunger – A Genealogist’s Perspective” 

To register, please click on this link.

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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!