Accessing Ancestry from home - video transcript

This is a transcript of a video by the Genealogical Society of Queensland on behalf of Brisbane City Council about how to access Ancestry via Brisbane City Council's library catalog, eLibCat. You will need your library membership card and pin to log in to the library catalogue.  You can find the Accessing Ancestry with your Brisbane library membership video on Council's YouTube channel.

This video is 3 minutes and 15 seconds long. Find other videos on our Brisbane: Better together video hub.


>>PRESENTER: Welcome to the video for the Brisbane City Council on Accessing Ancestry from Home. This is presented to you today by the Genealogical Society of Queensland. 

You need to access the Brisbane City Council Web site at

In the middle of the site, you will see the search box in which you type in 'library catalogue'.

This takes you to the search results.

You just need to click on 'library catalogue' again.

At this point, you need to actually log in to the library. You need to put in your library card number and PIN number.

Now, if you don't have either of those, you can apply here as well. 

But if you are already an existing Brisbane City Council library member, then there is no need to reapply. You just use your existing library membership details to access the digital library.

In this section, you are accessing your account in which you can see your account information, any checkouts, holds or any fees and charges that are applicable. This is also where you would change your PIN number.

On the right-hand side of that is the box in which at the bottom points to

This gives you full access to Ancestry and you need to click on that now.

This now actually brings you to the search page regarding Ancestry and their website. 

As you can see, there is 'home', 'search' (which you'll need to access), 'message boards', 'charts and forms' and 'new collections'. You can search under any of those and in the next video we will give you some details on what to do. 

That's accessing Ancestry.

Now also on the Brisbane City Council library website, there are other databases that can also assist you with your family history.

Apart from Ancestry, you also have access to the Brisbane City Council archives to search and a number of historical newspapers. They are good for you as well to look through and research.

Thank you.


Last updated: 12 May 2020