Family History Online

Gladstone City Library has a Local Collection Room which houses the local history collection and family history resources, along with microform materials; information about our onsite resources is on our History & Genealogy page.

We have provided a selection of sites below to assist you with your online family history research; whether you’re just beginning or experienced but encountered some problems, there are sites and resources to guide you in your next steps.

During COVID-19 restrictions State Library of Queensland and ProQuest are providing library members with free access to Ancestry Library Edition at home! 

Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.  Remote access will be available until June 30th 2021 and will continue to be re-evaluated.” ~ Proquest.

You will need your Gladstone Regional Libraries membership card number and password

Click on the link here to login and go to Ancestry Library Edition online.


If you receive an error message when accessing Ancestry at home using Chrome or Edge please try Explorer or Firefox. Some internet browsers are having access problems.  Alternatively you can also sign up as a State Library of Queensland online member and access Ancestry Library Edition from home as one of their eResourcesclick here for more information.

Bride c1940
Church with graveyard

Family History from Beginner to Advanced

Browse these helpful sites for one that suits your needs! Each one has tips, guides, and resources for beginning family history and genealogy. Births, Deaths, and Marriages are the guideposts to genealogy and family history research; add some cemetery records and census records and you’re on your way tracking your family’s movements and occupations through the years.

Experienced at researching your family history but stuck? These sites can help you get on your way again.


State Library of Queensland provides guides and resources to research your family tree.

Tracing Your Family Tree

State Library of Queensland: Resources for Family Hiistorians



Cora Num’s website has plenty of resource links and helpful guides whether you’re starting out or an experienced family historian.



Judy Webster’s website has some tips on Queensland research. Check out the FAQ pages too!




Genealogical Society Gladstone has an array of links and tips for researching your family tree.




Queensland Family History Society has a wide variety of links for you to begin or continue researching your family tree.

These sites contain resources specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family research. There is a Queensland Government page with information about Family and Community History and links to a wide range of sites and services.


Family History Kit




Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family History 

Here are some extra family history sites we’ve found useful for tracking down those illusive details.


Family Search has information from around the world, including transcriptions from many parish/church records that can help you find the illusive piece of information to help you get back on your family history journey.



FreeBMD as well as FreeCEN and FreeREG are great sources of UK information.




Find My Past is a commercial database similar to Ancestry but you can use it by purchasing credits to view records instead of an annual subscription. Find My Past allows you to do some searching and often see previews of records for free, only charging to access the full record. It even includes Northern Territory records, rarely accessible online!




Cemetery Records

Gladstone Region Cemeteries

Australian Cemeteries Index – Cemetery records online

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

There are many organisations and institutions that provide access online, in-person, or by request to records that assist with family history. Text Queensland is a great site for researching some historical background information or perhaps discover a family member in the digitised books and records.