Local History and Genealogy

Local History and Genealogy

During the week of December 10, our local history and genealogy collections will be relocating to the Central Branch at 130 Johnson Street. The following collections and equipment will be unavailable for approximately a month while we move:

  • Kingston Branch OGS (Ontario Genealogical Society) collection
  • UELAC (United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada) collection
  • Kingston Collection (local history)
  • Microfilm reels and machines
  • Vertical Files
  • Maps (map cabinet)
  • Fire Insurance Plans

During the closure, print volumes of the Kingston city directories can be accessed at the Isabel Turner Branch. 

The early city directories (1855-1923) and many other resources, are available on our Digital Kingston website. The Quick Links page provides shortcuts to the most frequently-used sources.

As always, your research questions are welcome. During the closure, we'll do our best to provide look-ups or access to books and other resources upon request. Contact us:

Jo Stanbridge, Local History and Genealogy
613-549-8888 ext 3590

Are you interested in the history of Kingston and Frontenac County? Are you looking for Kingston-Frontenac resources to help grow your family tree?

Our local history collections are housed at our Isabel Turner Branch during the renovations to our Central Branch. These collections include microfilm, city directories, fire insurance plans and the UELAC and Kingston Branch OGS collections. Maps and items in our Special Collections are housed off-site but can be accessed upon request with a few days’ notice.

Tools and resources are waiting to be discovered in our Digital Kingston website. Key features include a collection of historic Kingston newspapers, a pathfinder with links to local history and genealogy resources, a growing number of special exhibits, and our popular Presents from the Past blog. To get started, click a link below: