Research Help

QUERIES

Kingston Branch accepts surname queries for publication in our newsletter, Kingston Relations. Send your query submission to our newsletter editor at the address on our Contact page, and be sure to mark it clearly: Surname Search and Queries.

  • Include your postal address and any other contact information you have, such as e-mail address and telephone number.
  • Make sure your query contains distinct references to people who lived in our specific area of interest and/or events that occurred here.
  • We decline any queries that don’t contain distinct place and date references.
  • We also don’t publish queries about people who are still living.

If you’re a branch member, there is no charge for submitting queries, so be sure to provide your OGS membership number. You may submit as many queries as you want.

If you’re not a member, you’re equally encouraged to submit as many queries as you want at a charge of $5 per query. Payment is due with your query. Make your cheque payable to “Kingston Branch OGS”. Payment is accepted in U.S. or Canadian funds only.

CEMETERY INQUIRIES and LOOK-UPS

This is a service to distant genealogists. These inquiries are answered by volunteers. Local researchers are encouraged to visit the Kingston Branch OGS library. Due to the shortage of volunteers and the volume of inquiries, responses may take 4 – 6 weeks.

If you find a name of interest in one of the following indexes, we will provide a photocopy of the appropriate page from the relevant cemetery publication. The cost is $5.00 for each individual burial transcription.

Search for the ancestor in one or both of the following indexes:

If you find a name of interest from our area (e.g. if the reference number next to the entry in the Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid begins with KG- ) send the ancestor’s name and cemetery information, along with your payment, to the address listed on our Contact page.  Be sure to mark your request “Cemetery Look-Up Request.”

PAYMENT

The cost for each burial transcription is $5.00 These fees include postage and must be received in advance of initiation of the research. Your research will be initiated as soon as possible upon receipt of the fee by regular post. Cheques should be made payable to Kingston Branch OGS and are accepted in Canadian or U.S. funds only.

If you are requesting a large number of names from the same cemetery publication, you may find it more cost-effective to purchase the entire publication. For more information, see our Publications page.

LOCAL RESEARCHERS

The following branch members are independent local researchers who will carry out genealogical research for you in the Kingston area. Feel free to contact one or all of them to find out their areas of expertise and their fees. Please tell them that you found their name on the Kingston Branch website.

When you communicate with a researcher, please provide as much specific information on your query as you can. In addition, note that your agreement is with them as individuals. Kingston Branch cannot accept responsibility for any errors, omissions, or claims resulting from their findings.