How can GSQ help you?
The Genealogical Society of Queensland (GSQ) was formed in 1978 to provide help, support and advice to those wishing to discover more about their family history. Over 40+ years, the Society has accumulated a comprehensive collection of resources in print, microfiche/film and digital formats. These provide both the beginning researchers, as well as those more experienced information to help flesh out their ancestry.
GSQ also has many volunteers who staff the Resource Centre, who index cemetery and other records, who advise you on your next steps and commiserate when the inevitable brick wall is encountered, followed by helping you to break it down. GSQ also runs an active programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and hands on activities.
Why should you join a family history society when "it is all online"? Much of what you may need to find out isn't always available online. Of the records that are, most sit within paid subscription sites. Membership at GSQ for a year is a fraction of the cost of what one of these sites charge.
When you visit the Resource Centre, experienced Research Assistants will help you navigate through the computer-based resources and the other parts of the library, with the aim of educating you in how to research, how to evaluate the veracity of what you find, the various ways to document your sources and perhaps most importantly, how to tell the stories.
Once you join an organisation like GSQ, you become part of a like-minded community, interacting with people who share your interest in family history (beware, it can become addictive).
GSQ's Resource Centre has a unique collection of books, journals, maps, cd's, family histories and pedigree charts.
World items, plus all Australian states.
GSQ offers a range of research services to both members, non-members and Professional Bodies.
Research can be at the GSQ Resource centre or at either the State Library of Qld; Qld State Archives, or the National Archives of Australia (Brisbane).
GSQ's Interest Groups are unique in their breadth of knowledge and depth of experience. They cover most areas of family history research.
Members can access various subscription web sites, at our Resource Centre, Ancestry, Find My Past, The Genealogist, MyHeritage, Irish Ancestors, RootsIreland and Society of Genealogists UK members collection. Some are also accessible from home.
GSQ offers the "Joan Reese Memorial Short Story Competition" each year. It is open for members and non members of GSQ to enter.
GSQ's journal, Generation, is published quarterly and included with your subscription. Non-Members can subscribe to Generation. GSQ also publishes freely monthly eNews plus a variety of publications which can be purchased from the GSQ Shop.