Kingston's History Online

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Key Features

Special Exhibits

  • Presents from the Past – a blog full of tips, tools and topics of historical interest, by KFPL librarians
  • War of 1812 – weekly excerpts from the Kingston Gazette of 1812 and 1813
  • StoryMe – images and recorded interviews with Kingston-Frontenac residents

About Digital Kingston

The purpose of Digital Kingston is to digitize and present online a selection of significant local history resources. Its goal is to provide local residents and researchers around the world with resources and information about the history and heritage of Kingston and Frontenac County. Key features include a collection of historic Kingston newspapers, a pathfinder with links to local history and genealogy resources, and Kingston Frontenac Public Library's blog "Presents from the Past."

The first phase of the Digital Kingston project, undertaken in 2005, involved the digitization of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library's card index to the Kingston Whig Standard and its predecessors from 1810-1849. Original newspapers housed in the W.D. Jordan Special Collections Library at Queen's University were scanned and linked to the index, providing full text access to the newspapers for the period of 1810-1820. This phase of the project was made possible by funding received from the Ministry of Culture's Library Strategic Development Fund.

Special thanks are due to Queen’s University Libraries for making the newspapers available and for the generous use of space needed to complete the work. Appreciation is also extended to the following for their support during the first phase of the project:

  • Ontario Genealogical Society, Kingston Branch
  • Pittsburgh Historical Society
  • Kingston and District Community Information Centre
  • City of Kingston
  • Kingston Area Museums
  • Queen’s University Archives
  • Queen’s GIS Lab

For the past decade, newspaper digitization has continued in partnership with OurOntario/Our Digital World. At the same time, Kingston Frontenac Public Library has been developing a genealogy pathfinder and a blog called "Presents from the Past". The purpose of the new Digital Kingston is to draw all of these elements together under one umbrella, and to add more digitized content as it becomes available. For more information about the project, please click the Contact button at the top of this screen.