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Ontario Wanderings: Kingston & The Diocese of Ontario revisited

My route to Kingston was from Tweed to Napanee.  From Napanee I headed east to Kingston on Hwy 2.  I was familiar with Kingston from my last visit in 2012 when I attended the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference held there.

Kingston's Water Tower

Kingston’s Water Tower Almost the same photo as 2012

See my posts dated June 22, 2012, June 21, 2012 and June 20, 2012 on the blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes for my trip in 2012 to the Kingston area.  Use the Archive list box or find the Kingston category.

As usual travel can take more time than you think. and it was fast approaching 1 pm and I was not yet in Kingston.  I stopped at the Denny’s in Napanee (or was that Great Napanee) to get some lunch. It is important to have a full tummy when you do research.

My original plan was to check in and park at the Confederation Place Hotel but I didn’t have time so I sought out on street parking.  This time I was across the street on Wellington Ave.  A big semi was backing into the lot on the other side of the street. I yelled “NO” when he got too close to my car.

Anglican Diocese Sign

Anglican Diocese Sign

You enter the Diocese archives through the bookstore in the back.  They have open hours and this was Thursday so I was good.  This is an awesome bookstore but I didn’t have time to dally.

Through the Bookstore

Through the Bookstore

Down the stairs

Down the stairs

Lisa Russell is the contact person and she greeted me as I came down the steep stairs. I paid my $15.00 for the day. This Diocese has indexed their records so you use the index first and then with that information you obtain copies from the registers.  Some registers have been  photocopied so you get a copy of a copy.  I had made three spreadsheets of baptisms, marriages and deaths of my Brown family.  I worked through them writing down what I found on the index as requested by Lisa who gave me a very thorough review of how to use the index.  http://ontario.anglican.ca/wp/the-anglican-diocese-of-ontario-archives-adoa/

The Diocese Archive Room

The Diocese Archive Room

Lisa began pulling the copies of the registers from my list.  You don’t usually get an original register but this time I did at least get to look at one.  Lisa is very fast and had all my copies to me within minutes.

I returned to feed the meter and while I was walking back I called my friend Elaine Brown to make arrangements for dinner at the Keg which was an easy walk from the hotel.

I didn’t find all the Brown information that I wanted.  I double checked and Richard Brown my great-grandfather is just not there in the baptisms.  So I have not been able on this trip to find his baptismal record.  I did baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials.  I will refer to my findings in other future posts.  I have eliminated the church records of this diocese and the St. John’s of Petersborough.

I was done about 4 pm and had arrived around 1:45 pm.  I paid for my copies at $.50 a sheet.  Fortunately no one else came to do research so I was able to work quickly and efficiently with no interruptions.  I was happy.

I thanked Lisa and headed out, wishing her the best.

This was my second visit to this archive and it was a good visit. The picture below is of Lake Ontario the eastern end of it.  I have almost circumnavigated this lake except of the area on the south side that is in Ohio.

The Wharf at Kingston

The Wharf at Kingston almost through my hotel window…

It was not hard to find the Confederation Place Hotel on Ontario Street. I checked in and moved my car to the underground parking.  It made it so much easier to unload and take my stuff to my room which was #511 and it was on the harbour side with a view of Lake Ontario. If you read that they had a bit of a problem with the underground parking that is all taken care of now.  It was a bit tricky to get into the garage and out but make sure you get the instructions.  It was a wonderful view of the lake, wharf with the boats and the park.  I watched the sunset and sunrise from my window.  I did take pictures through the window but there was a lot of reflection.

Ontario Street

Ontario Street – Confederation Place Hotel

About 5:30 pm I headed to the Keg for dinner.  I did not know it was one of the best restaurants in town.  It is very fancy in there and they take good care of you.  My friend Elaine and I had a grand time.

The Keg Restaurant in Kingston

The Keg Restaurant in Kingston

My journey had come to end for my mother’s side of the family the Boardmans, Wards, and Browns an associated surnames.  The Browns did go through Montreal when they arrived and most families probably did.  Of course I have had successes and also still have tough problems on my ancestry to solve but I do know now what the lay of the land is like and it will help me in my searches.  It was a big job this trip but I am happy and content.

It is now time to head over to my other blog and share about the remainder of my journeys and adventures on The Man Who Lived Airplanes blog. http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/


Ontario Wanderings: Port Dalhousie, Ontario

My next destination was Brock University’s special collections in St. Catherines.  This is the Loyalist Collection.  As far as I know neither my Boardmans or Browns were Loyalist having immigrated to Canada at a later date.  The Browns where here in 1831 and the Boardman’s came probably mid 1850’s.  Too late for the Revolution.  This does not mean that Browns were not Loyalists.  It just means my family on my mother’s side were not.

However, my father’s side has the potential for Loyalists to be included in his family tree. I just don’t know for sure, so I have decided it is time to dive into Loyalist research.  I will post about that on my The Man Who Lived Airplanes blog as I travel along on my trip:  http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/

Here is the link to the Loyalist collection at Brock:  http://www.brocku.ca/library/collections/special-collections-archives



After viewing the Canadian side of Niagara Falls I headed to St. Catharines and the Heritage House Bed and Breakfast, which was close to Brock University by about 5 minutes.  The next morning I headed up to Port Dalhousie to take a look at the south end of Lake Ontario and the lighthouse that was there.  I found my way up Ontario Street and turned onto Lighthouse Road and there was a parking area.  Much to my delight there were two lighthouses and I could see Toronto faintly in the distance (it is there but barely).  This was a small canal with a pier on one side and a walkway on my side of the waterway.

Lighthouses Port Dalhousie

Lighthouses Port Dalhousie near and far


Port Dalhousie in Ontario

Port Dalhousie in Ontario

How lovely, wish I could dally here.