The Chester County Library & District Center in Pennsylvania has some genealogy and family history collections and accepts research requests.



Online Collections

Obituaries published in the Daily Local News after 2009 may be searched online here.


Onsite Collections

Books & Guides 

  • How to do genealogical research – The call number is 929.1
  • Microfilm

  • Chester County Decennial Census Records 1790 – 1930
  • Ancestry Library Edition (in-library use only)


    New York Times Historic (1851-2009)

    Philadelphia Inquirer Feb 1997- Current (1 day delay)



    Research Requests & Lookups

    The Chester County Library offers a free obituary search for a deceased Chester County resident from the following newspapers on microfilm:

    Daily Local News, 1945 to Present
    Coatesville Record, 1974 to June 1993
    The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1970 to Present

    We will search one week following the date you provide and will respond within one week of receiving the request.

    For a copy of an obituary, please complete the Request an Obituary form.


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