Online Databases

As a benefit to members, GSQ offers access to the following subscription websites at our Resource Centre:


GSQ has an institution subscription to which is available on six computers. The backbone of the website is all the records added to the site. Search the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, with the institution subscription.

Immigration Records - these helpful records can tell you when your ancestors traveled, where they started, who they traveled with - even when they became a citizen or were naturalised.

Census Records - Every ten years these goldmines of genealogy information were taken. They give you details like a person’s name, age, parent’s birthplace, occupation and more.


GSQ has subscriptions to FindMyPast World on two computers.

FindMyPast United Kingdom has the most complete England, Wales and Scotland census collection - from 1841. It also has a comprehensive index to birth, death and marriage records, parish baptisms, marriages and burials dating from 1538. It addition, it also holds military, armed forces and conflict records from WWI, WWII and more.

FindMyPast Ireland has Census, Land and Substitutes - over 3 million records to help you fill the gaps left by the loss of pre-1901 Irish censuses. Land and estates records, in particular, make excellent census substitutes. The collection contains the largest and most detailed records available including the Landed Estate Court rentals and 1.4 million names in Griffith’s Valuation.

FindMyPast Australia/New Zealand has Census, Land and Surveys - these records are vital for family historians. The collection includes millions of records from Australia and New Zealand including the ever-important electoral rolls, invaluable when census data is not always available.

FindMyPast World has United States of America, Canada and the British East India Company records. Irish Newspapers, international newspapers and US and Canadian newspapers.

British Newspaper Archive

GSQ has a library subscription to the British Newspaper Archive. The British Library's newspaper collections are among the finest in the world, containing most of the runs of newspapers published in the UK since 1800.

The scale of the newspaper publishing industry from the early 19th century onwards is enormous, with many cities and towns publishing several newspapers simultaneously, often aimed at distinct audiences depending on social status, geographical location and political affiliation. The first stage of this project focuses on runs published before1900 and will include titles from cities such as Birmingham, Derby, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Leeds and York, along with local titles from London boroughs.

Newspapers which aimed at county circulation - from Staffordshire to Sussex - also feature prominently, providing an unrivaled picture of provincial life spanning the whole of the 19th century. These provide a rich supplement to resources already available online, such as the UK census.

Biographical Database of Australia

BDA is a new research tool for historians and genealogists comprising transcripts and indexes of many original records and published biographies of deceased individuals who arrived in or were born in Australia, starting from the earliest times. GSQ thanks the Convict Connections Interest Group for the subscription to the database.