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Interested in your family history? Building your family tree? Or just a local history buff? We have something for all levels of interest and expertise.

For Beginners

Start your search with one of the most  sought-after subscription databases - Ancestry Library Edition (there's no charge for library cardholders). Help and guidance are always available at any of our locations or over the phone; you can even schedule a personal 30-minute consultation with a librarian to get you started.

Ancestry Library Edition

This resource is only available inside the library at any of our locations. Ancestry Library Edition is a great resource for people who want to learn more about their family history. You can search for your ancestors using Census records from the United States and Canada, genealogical database, and family histories with an international scope back to the 1300s. Ancestry is especially user-friendly, allowing relevant documents to be printed right in the library, or emailed back to the user's home computer. Staff members are always available to help make your search more successful.

Ready for more?

Check out these other sites that may help you in your Family History Search:

CCPL Digital Collection

We are continually expanding our collection of digital materials. Today, among several collections, we feature Chesterfield County postcards, architecture of Chesterfield County, Bon Air Scrapbooks, and the history of firefighting in Chesterfield County.

Library of Virginia

LVA's digital collections include access to historical Virginia newspapers, African American Heritage, historic photographs and more. Their databases are continually being expanded.


FamilySearch maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. Genealogical records are gathered, preserved, and shared worldwide. It offers free access to its resources and services online. There are many FamilySearch centers located throughout the United States as well.

United States Census

The United States Census Bureau is a part of the Department of Commerce. They are the leading source of quality data about the people and economy of the United States. Some of the data regularly collected by the bureau includes populations and housing, economics, and our communities.

Ellis Island Record Link

The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation was formed to raise funds to preserve and restore the Statue and Ellis Island. Today the American Family Immigration History Center ® (AFIHC); makes the more than 51 million arrival records in the Ellis Island Archives available to everyone.

Local History Collection at Central Library 

Take it to the next level

Book a Your Personal Librarian session and one of our genealogy experts will work with you, at your convenience. Or, book an expert to come speak to your church group, community association or PTA - we love to bring the learning to you! Our new Speaker's Bureau is a free and easy service available to all Chesterfield residents.

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Read a book anywhere, anytime for free by using CCPL's online digital library service. CCPL offers digital library services through Overdrive, Tumblebooks, Freading and One-Click.
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Loud and Clear Spring 2018 spotlight 

Find out what's happening at CCPL!
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A makerspace is a creative area, designed for people to work together on many different projects. Learn more... 

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 Story Times Kids Reading 

Our story times are developed by trained staff and focus on the skills every child should know so that when they enter school they are ready to learn to read.
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