Kingston's History Online

Genealogy and Local History Collections

Books and other print resources for local historical and genealogical research are available at our Isabel Turner Branch during 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.

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Key Features

Special Exhibits

  • Black History in Kingston - Brief biographies of some notable residents, and resources for further research, plus a downloadable flyer.
  • The World Remembers - An international project to display the names of those who died in the First World War.
  • Home Town, Home Front: Who Enlisted from your Neighbourhood? - Look up your own address in a list, then search for WWI soldiers and nursing sisters who lived there 100 years ago.
  • Presents from the Past - Tips, tools, and topics of historical interest, by KFPL librarians.
  • StoryMe - Pictures 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.