CCHA’s collections and archives, as well as research papers and articles prepared by volunteers over CCHA’s long history, provide a rich resource for researchers interested in local or family history. Explore them here.|
- African-American Funeral Program Collection|
This searchable database with images of nearly 1200 funeral programs provides a rich source of genealogical information and local history about African Americans in Chatham County and neighboring communities. This collection made available online through a collaboration of the Chatham County Historical Association with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Digital Heritage Center.
Go to the African-American Funeral Program database.
- CCHA Artifact, Document, and Photograph Collections
CCHA's collection contains a variety of artifacts and documents—nearly all donated to the Association by individuals seeking to preserve these remnants of Chatham County's history.
- The Chatham Historical Journal (1988-2008)
From 1988 until 2008, CCHA produced an occasional publication called The Chatham Historical Journal. Articles cover a variety of topics, such as the county courthouse, silk culture, coal, mills, the Chatham rabbit, and oral histories. Digitized copies are available on our website. Choose the issue you wish to view from this list. A full set of printed journals can be ordered online or by mail. Individual copies of some issues are available at the museum gift shop only.
Go to Gift Shop Price List.
See a list of journal issues.
- Chatham County Cemetery Survey
Since 1989 CCHA volunteers have visited hundreds of Chatham County burial sites to record information about each gravemarker. The result is a searchable database of almost 600 cemeteries, more than 33,000 gravemarkers, and a growing collection of gravemarker photographs.
Go to CemeteryCensus.com to search the database.
- Chatham County High School Yearbook Collection
High school yearbooks preserve an aspect of the past not found elsewhere, reflecting the perspectives and aspirations of different generations, and can also be very helpful tools for family research. They provide detail that is not available in other record types and help to place people in historical context. CCHA and the Chatham County Public Libraries have collaborated to make Chatham County yearbooks accessible. All three Chatham libraries have yearbook collections, and many of the older yearbooks are also available online.
- Family and Local History Research Collection
Resources available at the Chatham Community Library include an extensive local history and genealogy collection, as well collections of Chatham County school yearbooks and recent obituaries.
- Genealogical Assistance and Inquiries
CCHA volunteers offer help with genealogy questions at the Chatham Community Library and with emailed inquiries about family or local history.
- Research Articles about Chatham County
This extensive archive of research papers and articles produced by CCHA's volunteers covers a variety of topics and historical time periods. Papers will be added to this archive and made accessible on this website as they become available. Click here for an annotated list of available documents and links to the full text of each.
- Useful Links for Chatham County Researchers
External websites that have valuable information about Chatham County. Have a suggestion? Email us at Website@chathamhistory.org.
- How You Can Help Collections and Research
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