Online Databases

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

Ancestry

GSQ has an institution subscription to Ancestry.com which is available on all computers. The backbone of the Ancestry.com 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.

FindMyPast

GSQ has subscriptions to FindMyPast World on all 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 was not kept.

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

FindMyPast Newspapers are the same holdings as the British Newspaper Archive. These newspapers are among the finest in the world, containing most of the runs of newspapers published in the UK since 1800 and some even go further back.
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.

British Newspaper Archive

GSQ has stopped the subscription to the British Newspaper Archive, as all these newspapers are now on FindmyPast for you to access.

The British Library's newspaper icon remains on each computer, so that you can use it as an alternative search engine along with FindmyPast (due to each site searching differently) - There is no need to log into the British Newspaper Archive in order to do searches.

The Genealogist

GSQ has the Diamond Edition for our members to use. The Genealogist covers records from 1127 to 2005. Many parish registers, Census Records, Immigration, Non Conformist and Tithe Records are just some that are available to search.

RootsIreland

Find your Irish Ancestors - with the most extensive and easily searchable database of Catholic Church records anywhere online, covering all of Ireland. They also have Griffith's Valuation, Census records that have remained, some Gravestone Inscriptions and Irish Ship Passenger lists.

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.

Currently members have Access in MyGSQ during Covid to the following subscription sites from home.

FindmyPast
The Genealogist
RootsIreland
Biographical Database of Australia

We also have many links to other sites in which subscriptions are not required, but you may need to have your own login, purchase credits or pay for copies of the certificates etc.

FamilySearch

Even though FamilySearch is not a subscription site, GSQ is an Affliliated Library of the LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
This enables our members when visiting the Resource Centre to search and view the films that have been digitized by the LDS. These digitized films cover many areas throughout the world in relation to thousands of records. As an example: parish registers, kirk sessions, census, immigration, wills etc etc
The special access that family history centres have been granted to these databases only works when the online services are accessed through a computer in the Family History Centre. They cannot be accessed away from the Resource Centre.