Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia -Library Committee
Library Committee Chair:
Liess van der Linden-Brusse
Library Committee volunteers provide coverage in the Research Library in the Historic Trinity Church, 10111 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832, - Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.
Mission: To collect, accession and preserve books, including rare books, maps and manuscripts, pamphlets and periodicals, vertical files on people, places and events in the County, family history files, a Picture Collection and a Veterans Database for the purpose of public research into county history. Also, to assist patrons with their research, and to handle research requests and projects received online or by phone. Meet: As needed.
Volunteer projects include accessioning, indexing, digitizing records on to the library PastPerfect system, research, abstracting data from County, Virginia state and Federal records, compiling brief histories on Chesterfield County topics such as business & industry, women of Chesterfield, high school histories, origins of street & road names, original land owners of county and state parks, and more. Each volunteer selects a project based on his/her field of interest.
CHSV Research Library
You have an opportunity for assistance 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. If your old Bible has Chesterfield connections, please consider making photocopies and contributing the family history to the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia's Library. The need is great for researchers in the Research and Genealogy libraries.
Notice of Closures: Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia offices will be closed when Chesterfield County is observing holidays.
Genealogy Committee Chair:
Angie Wilderman email
Newest Genealogy Project
CHSV received a donation of copies of the Chester-Colonial Heights News Journal dated between 1962 and 1873. The series is missing a few issues but they are still a treasure trove of family information. The pages are being scanned and saved as a searchable PDF. When a researcher searches the folder containing the newspaper files for a specific name or phrase, the files containing the name or phrase will be included in a list and can be opened. The article is then available to read. These papers are filled with stories about the families who lived in the area especially, children, servicemen, club members, and industrial leaders and many others.
Genealogy volunteers are always welcomed and needed. If you have a passion for family research, your talents are needed.