About Digital Kingston

Kingston Branch participates in Digital Kingston, a community-based initiative to make historical and current information about Kingston, Frontenac County and Lennox and Addington County available in digital format. This information will thus be widely accessible to citizens of the region, the province and beyond for research and lifelong learning.

The project was started in 2002 and is being led by Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL). "Partners" include the City of Kingston, KFPL, Kingston Branch OGS, Pittsburgh Historical Society, Kingston Area Museums, Queen's Universities Libraries and Archives, Queen's GIS Lab, and the Kingston and District Community Information Centre.

Digital Kingston aims to make available historical documents from the last 200 years, such as newspapers, manuscripts, assessment information, genealogical and historical indexes, regional and municipal reports, bylaws, minutes and community information.

The first project is well underway, and that is to scan a card index to the Kingston newspapers from 1810 to 1850. All the index cards have now been scanned, and the files are being proofread and corrected. Corrections have been made up to the letter F. The aim is to allow full-text searching of all the information stored on the cards.

Another project underway is scanning the pages of the six volumes of the Places of Historical Significance, produced by LACAC. This would be searchable too.

The next goal is to make available the full text of Kingston newspapers published during the War of 1812 and the period 1841-43, when Kingston was the capital of the United Provinces of Canada. Actual images of the newspapers would also be available.

The Digital Kingston Web site provides links to genealogical resources, Kingston-area museums, and other organizations of interest.