History & Genealogy

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Ancestry 

Ancestry Library provides genealogical and historical resources from sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.  

Access is available inside the library at any of our locations.

Black Freedom Struggle in U.S. (from ProQuest)    

ProQuest’s Black Freedom website features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history.  Browse approximately 1,600 documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom from 1790 to today.   

Document Bank of Virginia

Document Bank of Virginia (DBVa) is the Library of Virginia’s initiative to get documents into classrooms.  Using primary sources, DBVa helps users to be critical thinkers as they analyze original documents and draw their own conclusions about Virginia’s past.    

Explora Students

EBSCO Explora's easy interface provides one portal for middle and high school students to explore thousands of articles, e-books and multimedia. Sources include encyclopedias, journals, magazines, newspapers, books, e-books, primary source documents and videos.

Explora Public Libraries    

EBSCO Explora’s easy interface provides one portal to explore thousands of articles, e-book, and multimedia.  Sources include encyclopedias, journals, magazines, newspapers, books, e-books, primary source documents and Associated Press videos.    

FamilySearch

FamilySearch provides a large collection of digitized records to aid in genealogical and historical research. Chesterfield County Public Library is a Family Search affiliate library and access to restricted records is available inside the library at any of our locations.

Gale in Context: Elementary (Kids InfoBits (K-5))

Gale’s Elementary research tool is a stimulating, colorful resource for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade. Young learners can explore the visual topic tree to enjoy age-appropriate book, magazine, and newspaper articles, as well as charts, graphs, pictures, and videos.