The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia

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Genealogy Committee

Genealogy Roundtable meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 1 pm. This workshop is FREE but space is limited therefore participants must RSVP to reserve a spot.  Please call Gina at 804-796-7131 to sign up.  We follow the county's Covid-19 guidelines for everyone's safety. Roundtable takes place at Historic Trinity Church 10111 Iron Bridge Rd Chesterfield, VA 23832.

The following county records can be researched by volunteers:

  • 1.  Deeds - 1749-1967

  • 2.  Wills - 1749-1994

  • 3.  Marriage Register - 1855-1896

  • 4. Judgments -1930-1989

Plats : Can be researched only if Book and Page are known, or listed in Deed      

The following books can also be researched:

  • 1.  Marriages of Chesterfield County, Virginia, 1771-1854

  • 2.  Cemetery books compiled by our Cemetery Committee:  

  • 3.  Gone but Not Forgotten and Chesterfield Churchyards

​Other files and collections in the library:

  • 1. Family History Folders

  • 2. Manuscript File

  • 3. Vertical Files

  • 4. Photograph Collection

  • 5. Maps

  • 6. Veteran Database and other Military Reference

Genealogy Research Requests

Thank you for the opportunity to assist you in your research on a person, place, or event in Chesterfield County’s rich history.  As the birthplace of the second permanent English settlement, the first hospital, major coal mines, ironworks, tobacco farming, and many other significant events, we have a history we are proud to share!  There is a minimum NON-REFUNDABLE charge of $25.00 per research request.  Upon evaluation of your request, you will be contacted, if necessary, to discuss any additional anticipated charges depending on the time required to complete the research. Basic requests for births, deaths, and marriages are priced differently and the researcher will contact you.   Note that we do have some genealogy materials from other parts of Virginia and surrounding states in our library. Our library is open by appointment, 804- 796-7131.  Please do not hesitate to call with questions, 804- 796-7131.  

  • 1st)  Fill out the Genealogical Research Request form and submit by either:

  •         MAILING: The Chesterfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 40, Chesterfield, VA 23832

  •        EMAIL:

  • 2nd)  Payments can be made by:     

  • MAIL CHECK OR MONEY ORDER TO: The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, P.O. Box 40, Chesterfield, VA 23832

  • ELECTRONICALLY:  Through PayPal

  • Genealogy Research
    Participant (s) Name

  • Once payment and the research request form has been received, a researcher will contact you to confirm your payment has been received and that research has begun. ​ Every attempt will be made to transmit data electronically at no charge; if that is not possible, postage and copies are extra. 


Family History Files

Names of Chesterfield County Families collected by the Chesterfield Historical Society:  These files may contain genealogical charts, correspondence, and other pertinent information about many Chesterfield families. Records of familieswho settled in Chesterfield prior to 1815 are indicated with “~”.

Genealogy Research Library Book Title List:  The Genealogy Committee is updating our library textbook logging system.  If you need information, we can still help.  Please call Angie at 804-796-7131.

Genealogy is important and here is why...

Genealogy can help trace your heritage. Do you know where you came from?  Once you start wanting to know your family history, you start on a journey of facts.  You begin to feel a sense of belonging to a group and you will seek out others who can help you define your natuarl roots.  It is a quest to know who they were who came before you.  We in the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia can help you along on that journey.  Come join us and see where your roots are found.

      Family Records and oral histories can help Our library has an extensive collection of books and resources to help you find your ancestors.  We have other resources to guide you in your quest. 

Ask a Volunteer to assist you if you get stumped in your research