Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia


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Founded in 1981, the Chesterfield Historical Society of VA research library collection contains around 25,000 items, 90% donated by local residents. FREE to visitors. Photocopy charges. Research request fee is $25.  Our Library Collection includes: 


  Maps:   A comprehensive collection (1607-2019) of county and regional maps, including the Colonial era, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Coal Mining, Railroads and Rivers, and more. 

Ꚛ Manuscripts: Original documents including diaries, church minute books, country store ledgers, family Bible records, letters, genealogy charts, and more.

Ꚛ Picture Collection:   Over 23,00 County photographs, from tin-types to digital. 

 Ꚛ Rare Books: Includes out-of-print books and original manuscripts. Available to the serious historian by appointment. Many items have been photocopied for general use.     

 Ꚛ Cemetery Records: An alphabetical file of over 12,000 known burials in Chesterfield County recorded from family graveyards, church cemeteries and other resources

 Ꚛ Vertical Files: An extensive alphabetical file on people, places and events in Chesterfield County, including newspaper and magazine clippings, brochures, programs and flyers as well as promotional materials and historic records.

 Ꚛ Family History Files:  Research files on Chesterfield County families.  Research Library

 Ꚛ Census Records: From Tithables in the late 1700s to 20th Century census indices.

 Ꚛ Abstracts of Title Deed Searches:  From the mid-1800s thru to the 1930s.

 Ꚛ Periodicals:  Copies of select newspapers as well as genealogical publications. ​

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

Research Requests

Thank you for the opportunity to assist in your research on people, places, and events in Chesterfield County history. As the birthplace of the second permanent English settlement in the New World with the first hospital, coal mines, ironworks, tobacco farming, and many other significant events, we have a history we are proud to share! 
 We are only able to conduct research on Chesterfield County history and residents. 

Please note that there is a minimum charge of $25.00 per research request. Copies and postage are extra. Upon evaluation of your request, you will be contacted to discuss the request and anticipated charge.        Library Research Request Form             Genealogy Research Request Form


Chesterfield's Veterans Database

The library's Chesterfield Veterans Database  is an on-going project which records over 7,000 individuals from every conflict since 1611, from the Colonial period thru to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Completing the database form will help us to keep the record current.Veteran's Database book


Public Speaking Requests   

We can provide speakers to deliver PowerPoint presentations on the work done by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.  There is no charge.  Please call (804) 796- 7121.


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Chesterfield Historic Sites