Queensland Family History Society Inc


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Technology Matters

At our Family History Research Centre, members and visitors can use our nine networked computers, which provide access to the Internet and all our digital resources.

You can also use our digital microfilm and mircofiche reader, ViewScan. Using the ViewScan, you can print images, or save them to your USB flash drive.

We have a number of other microfilm and microfiche readers.

Do you have computers available?

The Society has six networked computers for members and visitors to use.

Can I use a personal computer or tablet?

Yes, but please leave the computer case in your locker.

Can I use WiFi within the Family History Research Centre?

Yes, you can access the Internet and some of our subscription databases. Instruction for connecting and the security number are available within the Family History Research Centre.

Can I book to use a computer?

Prior booking is not an option. However, you will find a booking sheet on a table just inside the door of the computer room. When the  Family History Research Centre is busy and members are waiting to use the computers, we ask you to book for one hour only.

Is there a digital microfilm or microfiche reader available?

Our ViewScan microfiche and microfilm readers allows you to print images or save them to your USB flash drive.

Can I use a removable storage device?

We do not permit the use of removable storage devices (for example, USB flash drives and portable hard drives) on our computers, with the exception of the digital microform reader.

Can I save an image from a website or electronic collection?

You can email information to your home computer if you have web-based email service. Subject to copyright regulations, you are welcome to use a digital camera, mobile device or a handheld scanner within the  Family History Research Centre.

Do I need to book to use microfiche and microfilm?

We have two digital microform readers available on a self-serve basis.

What is the procedure if I want to view fiche?

Find the fiche you wish to view. Place the numbered card corresponding with your microfiche reader into the fiche position in the drawer. Then you will be able to return the fiche to its correct location.

Can I print or photocopy documents?

We have printers and photocopiers available for your use. Please observe copyright regulations.

If you wish to scan a document or one or more pages of a book, you can save these to a USB at no charge.

Please pay, at the Welcome Desk, for any printing when you sign out. 



Please also read our page, Planning your Visit. If you have any further questions, please contact the Secretary