Chatham Local History/Genealogy Room


     The Opal Lee Chatham History and Genealogy Room was created in the Library’s expansion in 2007 an opened in 2009. It is named for the late Opal Lee, life-long resident and unofficial historian of Chatham. Her research, anecdotes, memorabilia, and photographs form the basis of the local history collection. Resources available there include:

·         Genealogy research databases

·          A Chatham obituary database

·         Microfilm readers

·         A microfilm archive of the Chatham Clarion

·         Sangamon County histories

·         Sangamon County cemetery locations and lists

·         Census records

·         Marriage records

·         Family and oral histories

·         Surname lineages

·          A large variety of genealogical publications from Illinois and other states

·         Photographs

·         Maps

·         Memorabilia

·         And more