A Present from the Past - Census Records


Kingston Special Collection

A census record can tell you how many people were in the household, how they were related to each other, what their occupations were, and more. To get started, click a link below:

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Large databases like FamilySearch (free) like Ancestry-Library Edition (in-library only) allow you to search multiple census years at the same time.

City Directories

Many of the pre-1923 city directories can be searched online through the Internet Archive. To start exploring this valuable collection, click here.  You can search by surname, or consult the Street Index section of the directory to zero in on a particular address, cross-streets, and name of the owner or tenant.  Some city directories include data for neighbouring towns, villages, townships. These vary from year to year, so it's a good idea to look at the title page of the directory.

County Atlases

The Illustrated Historical Atlas of the Counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, published in 1878 by J.H. Meacham & Co., is available in both in print and online.   If you use the online version you can search by the property owner’s surname—or zoom in and out to browse the map on your screen.