Genealogy Resources

Chatham Area Public Library Genealogy & Local History Resources

Local History Digital Collection at


To use the digital archive, you can use the search box to search for keywords or browse through subjects or collections.  If you know what you are looking for but are having trouble finding it, please contact Alanna at the library (217-483-2713 or asablotny [at]

What can I find in the local history collection online?

  • Newspaper clippings by subject
  • Photographs
  • Documents (including the 1836 plat of Chatham)
  • Artifacts
  • Chatham Area High School Newsletters
  • Chatham Area High School Yearbooks
  • Much more



While not exclusively local history, our YouTube channel has older videos from the Chatham Sesquicentennial and other Chatham events. 


Chatham Area High School Yearbooks Facebook Page

These are the same yearbooks available on our page, but in a different and more social format. 


Chatham Area Public Library Obituary Database


America's Genealogy Bank

Use this database to help you quickly find your ancestors in over four centuries of rare documents and records. Search thousands of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and genealogies. Plus, selected material from the American State Papers and U.S. Serial Set, the complete Social Security Death Index and more than 29 million obituaries.  Please use your Chatham Area Public Library account number to access this database.


Ancestry Library Edition: (IN LIBRARY USE ONLY) - Ancestry Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.