Kingston Branch – Ontario Ancestors

Kingston Branch was established in 1973. We are an active and friendly group, with a membership that includes both new and experienced researchers.  We usually meet eight times a year, with a guest speaker.  Like many other groups, our meetings in the past (almost) three years have been on Zoom. 

We encourage and assist those who are interested in family history in the City of Kingston, Frontenac County, Lennox and Addington County and also Lanark County. We maintain an extensive library of books and other research materials at the main branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.  We have over 250 publications for sale and most are available on the OGS Marketplace as digital downloads.  The last few are still being added.  Paper copies can be ordered directly from the Branch.  In the Members Only section of the website, there are recordings and handouts of past presentations and other information.  Our newsletter, Kingston Relations, is published five times each year and contains a wide variety of articles of local interest. 

Our Cemeteries Committee recently completed the transcription of Morven Cemetery in Ernestown (now Loyalist) Township.  This active cemetery contains over 2,000 names and the earliest burials were in the 1850’s.  Information for unreadable stones was extracted from previous transcriptions completed in 1938 and 1975.  Riverview Cemetery in Napanee has also been transcribed and the publication will be available by February 2023. 

This year is the Branch’s 50th anniversary.  Special announcements will be made throughout the year to celebrate this milestone.  Already, one anniversary project, the transcription of early Ontario marriage records (1804-1881), in co-operation with Queen’s Archives, has been completed, and it will be posted to the Queen’s Archives website in the near future.  

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