Forms

When you are getting started in genealogy, there are several forms that you want to become familiar with. They will help you organize and keep track of your ancestors' information.  

Use these blank forms to record your research results. Click on the title to view or print a PDF version of each.

Getting Started in Genealogy Guide

If you are interested in starting the journey of researching your ancestors, take a look at this PDF iconResearch Guide

Local History Digital Collection

You can access a wide variety of information about the history of the Chatham area as well as your family history on our online resources.  We also maintain a growing digital collection of documents, records, artifacts and photographs.

Obituary Database

Searching for obituaries for those that have lived in Chatham at one point their life.  Check out our obituaries database to help with that search. Obituaries will be taken from both the State Journal Register and the Chatham Clarion.  

Genealogy Databases

Most of our genealogy databases can be accessed from home.

Visit the "Genealogy & Local History" tab of our Database page to get started!

Ball, Chatham and Glenwood Yearbooks

Take a step back in time by taking a look at our the yearbooks that we have digitized.  They can be found on the Chatham Area High School Yearbooks & Class Photos Facebook Page

Looking for a home for your unwanted yearbooks?  Consider donating them to the Library!  Once beloved mementos for young students, old high school and college yearbooks are now treasured by genealogists, local historians, and even school reunion planners.

The Opal Lee Chatham History Genealogy Room has a large collection of Chatham area yearbooks, but it does not include all schools or years.  Due to cost, we rely on kind donations to add to this collection.

We would love to add yearbooks that are…

  • From a grade school or high school in the Chatham Area, specifically from
    • Ball High School -- 1950, 1952, 1953
    • Chatham Jr High School -- 1957, 1961, 1962, 1969-1973, 1982-1983, 1984-1985, 1988-1996, 1997-2000
  • In good condition; no mold or water damage, please.
Opal Lee Chatham History Genealogy Room

The genealogy collection focuses on materials from the US, particulary those areas people came from before they arrive in the Chatham area.  The local history collection focuses on materials on the townships of Chatham, Auburn, Ball, Cotton Hill, Curran, Loami, New Berlin and Woodside.  

The wide range of materials to assist in your research include: 

  • History of Chatham
  • Yearbooks
  • Chatham Clarion Newspaper
  • Family Tree Magazine
  • County Histories
  • Genealogical Indexes and so much more. 
Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library EditionAncestry Library Edition (IN LIBRARY USE ONLY) brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.

Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Family Search Library Affiliate

Family History While you are in the library via personal laptop or Library computer, you will have exclusive access to a vast collection of billion of genealogical records.  About 2 million images have been digitized, and many are not free available on the FamilySearch website.  Some of those image, however, are classifed as "restricted access" for various reasons, and are visible only on computers in Family History Centres and affiliate libraries which Chatham Area Public Library is one.  

A free account must be created to access these records on FamilySearch.  It is simple to do.  All you need is your email address and name for verification purposes. It will ask for other items but these can be made generic if you are concerned about privacy.  FamilySearch will send you an email to verify that the email address is an accurate address.  All you have to do is click on the button in your email to verify.  

If you need help navigating the website, please check out this handout.  If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to come by the Reference Desk and ask Alanna Sablotny, Local History/Genealogy Reference Librarian for help.  

Memory Lab

To learn more about the wonderful equipment that we have available for all patrons, check out the Technology and Computer Services page under Memory Lab.  We have VHS to Digital converter, 8mm to Digital Converter, Slide/Negative Converter and an overhead scanner. 

Local History and Genealogy Events
Village of Chatham Elected Officials
Year Population Village President Board Trustees Village Clerk Comments
2017 11500 David Kimsey Terry Fountain, P.E.; Brett Gerger; Ryan Mann; Paul Scherschel; Nina Lindhorst; Matthew Mau; Amy Dahlkamp Terry Fountain, P.E. elected 2017 to 2 yr Term
2016 11500 Thomas S Gray Mark Clayton; Dave Kimsey; Joe Schattemann; Ken Boyle; Nina Lindhorst; Matthew Mau; Pat Schad  
2015 11500 Thomas S Gray Mark Clayton; Dave Kimsey; Joe Schattemann; Ken Boyle; Nina Lindhorst; Matthew Mau; Pat Schad  
2014 11500 Thomas S Gray Mark Clayton; Dave Kimsey; Joe Schattemann; Ken Boyle; Thomas Kavanagh; Daniel J. Holden Pat Schad  
2013 11500 Thomas S Gray Mark Clayton; Dave Kimsey; Joe Schattemann; Ken Boyle; Thomas Kavanagh; Daniel J. Holden Pat Schad  
2012 11500 Thomas S Gray Matthew Mau; Joe Schatteman; Charles D. Herr; Ken Boyle; Thomas Kavanagh; Daniel J. Holden Pat Schad  
2011 11500 Thomas S Gray Matthew Mau; Joe Schatteman; Charles D. Herr; Ken Boyle; Thomas Kavanagh; Daniel J. Holden Pat Schad  
2010 10293 Thomas S Gray Matthew Mau; Joe Schatteman; Charles D. Herr; Thomas Kavanagh; Jeanne Boyle; Jill M Reynolds Pat Schad  
2009 10293 Thomas S Gray Matthew Mau; Joe Schatteman; Charles D. Herr; Thomas Kavanagh; Jeanne Boyle; Jill M Reynolds Pat Schad  
2008 10293 Thomas S Gray Michael McGrath; Charles D. Herr; Joseph "Joe" Schatteman;Thomas Kavanagh; Jeanne Boyle; Jill M Reynolds Pat Schad  
2007 10293 Thomas S Gray Michael McGrath; Charles D. Herr; Joseph "Joe" Schatteman; Thomas Kavanagh; Jeanne Boyle; Jill M Reynolds Pat Schad  
2006 8583 Thomas S Gray Michael McGrath; Charles D. Herr; Joseph "Joe" Schatteman; Patrick M. McCarthy; Thomas Kavanagh; Jeanne Boyle Pat Schad  
2005 8583 Thomas S Gray Michael McGrath; Charles D. Herr; Joseph "Joe" Schatteman; Patrick M. McCarthy; Thomas Kavanagh; Jeanne Boyle Pat Schad  
2004 8583 Thomas S Gray Charles (Chuck) Herr; Scott McAdams; Mike McGrath; Patrick M. McCarthy; Thomas Kavanagh; Jeanne Boyle Pat Schad  
2003 8583 Thomas S Gray Charles (Chuck) Herr; Scott McAdams; Mike McGrath; Patrick M. McCarthy; Thomas Kavanagh; Jeanne Boyle Pat Schad  
2002 8583 Thomas S Gray Charles (Chuck) Herr; Scott McAdams; Mike McGrath; Jill M. Reynolds; Thomas S. Gray; Patrick M. McCarthy; Jeanne Boyle Pat Schad  
2001 8583 Thomas S Gray Charles (Chuck) Herr; Scott McAdams; Mike McGrath; Jill M. Reynolds; Thomas S. Gray; Patrick M. McCarthy; Jeanne Boyle Pat Schad  
2000 7367 Linda Koester Thomas Franke; Carl Oblinger; Michael Williamsen; Jill M. Reynolds; Thomas S. Gray; Patrick M. McCarthy; Jeanne Boyle Pat Schad  
1999 7367 Linda Koester Thomas Franke; Carl Oblinger; Michael Williamsen; Jill M. Reynolds; Thomas S. Gray; Patrick M. McCarthy; Jeanne Boyle Pat Schad Jill M. Reynolds elected to 2 yr term
1998 7367 Linda Koester Thomas Franke; Carl Oblinger; Michael Williamsen Pat Schad  
1997 7367 Linda Koester Thomas Franke; Carl Oblinger; Michael Williamsen Pat Schad  
1996 6074 Linda Koester Mike Williamsen; Dave Joswiak; Tom McGuire Penny Moomey  
1995 6074 Linda Koester Mike Williamsen; Dave Joswiak; Tom McGuire Penny Moomey  
1994 6074 Linda Koester Mike Williamsen; Dave Joswiak; Tom McGuire;  Rose Miller; Robert Krueger; David Hilt Penny Moomey  
1993 6074 Linda Koester Mike Williamsen; Dave Joswiak; Tom McGuire; Rose Miller; Robert Krueger; David Hilt Penny Moomey  
1992 6074 Carl D Oblinger Linda McCord Koester, Michael Williamsen; Tim Claborn; Dave Joswiak; Rose Miller; Robert Krueger; David Hilt Pat Schad  
1991 6074 Carl D Oblinger Linda McCord Koester, Michael Williamsen; Tim Claborn; Dave Joswiak; Rose Miller; Robert Krueger; David Hilt Pat Schad Joswiak was elected for 2 year term
1990 5597 Carl D Oblinger Linda McCord Koester, Michael Williamsen; Tim Claborn; Ed Osman; Terry Loving; Terry Burke Rose Miller  
1989 5597 Carl D Oblinger Linda McCord Koester, Michael Williamsen; Tim Claborn; Ed Osman; Terry Loving; Terry Burke Rose Miller Terry Burke appointed due to Carl D Oblinger becoming Village President
1988 5597 Don Moore Bert Cordier; George Lindsay; Howard Miller; Ed Osman; Terry Loving; Carl Oblinger Barbara J. Bickhaus  
1987 5597 Don Moore Bert Cordier; George Lindsay; Howard Miller; Ed Osman; Terry Loving; Carl Oblinger Barbara J. Bickhaus  
1986 5597 Don Moore Bert Cordier; George Lindsay; Howard Miller; Terry Loving; Ed Osman; Stephen Powell Barbara J. Bickhaus  
1985 5597 Don Moore Bert Cordier; George Lindsay; Howard Miller; Terry Loving; Ed Osman; Stephen Powell Barbara J. Bickhaus  
1984 5597 John F. Whitney Jr. Clifford Kevern; Helen Spence; Donald Moore; Terry Loving; Ed Osman; Stephen Powell Donna Hedinger  
1983 5597 John F. Whitney Jr. Clifford Kevern; Helen Spence; Donald Moore; Terry Loving; Ed Osman; Stephen Powell Donna Hedinger  
1982 5597 John F. Whitney Jr. Clifford Kevern; Helen Spence; Donald Moore; Ken Castles; Cliff Hill; John Brown Donna Hedinger  
1981 5597 John F. Whitney Jr. Clifford Kevern; Helen Spence; Donald Moore; Ken Castles; Cliff Hill; John Brown Donna Hedinger  
1980 4635 John F. Whitney Jr. John J. Cioni, Jr; Troy R. McNutt; Clifford N. Nevern;  Carol Stephens  
1979 4635 John F. Whitney Jr. John J. Cioni, Jr; Troy R. McNutt; Clifford N. Nevern;  Carol Stephens Spence elected for a 2 year term; Stephens elected to a 2 year term
1978 4635 John F. Whitney John J. Cioni, Jr; Clifton Hill; Clifford N. Nevern; John C. Wiesenmeyer; James F. Eberwine; John D. Brown Helen Spence  
1977 4635 John F. Whitney John J. Cioni, Jr; Troy R. McNutt; Clifford N. Nevern; John C. Wiesenmeyer; James F. Eberwine; John D. Brown; Clifton Hill Janet Greenwood/Kathy Oglesby/Helen Spence John C. Wiesenmeyer; James F. Eberwine; John D. Brown all elected to a 2 year term; Troy McNutt left vacancy replaced by Clifton Hill to serve til May 1981.
1976 3252 J. LaVern Workman Robert Wilson Jr.; Troy McNutt; Gene Scott; Harold "Hoot" Gibson; Robert Thompson; Robert Williams Janet Greenwood  
1975 3252 J. LaVern Workman Robert Wilson Jr.; Troy McNutt; Gene Scott; Harold "Hoot" Gibson; Robert Thompson; Robert Williams James Chasteen J. LaVern Workman elected to a two year term with Purcell resigned
1974 3252 Jerry Purcell Robert Wilson Jr.; Troy McNutt; Gene Scott James Chasteen  
1973 3252 Jerry Purcell Robert Wilson Jr.; Troy McNutt; Gene Scott James Chasteen  
1972 2788 Robert K Foster   Geraldine Branham  
1971 2788 Robert K Foster   Geraldine Branham  
1970 2023 Robert K Foster   Geraldine Branham  
1969 2023 Robert K Foster   Geraldine Branham  
1968 2023 Leo Germann   Rosalind Hatten  
1967 2023 Leo Germann   Rosalind Hatten  
1966 2023 Leo Germann   Rosalind Hatten  
1965 2023 Leo Germann   Rosalind Hatten  
1964 1069 Ralph Butler   Rosalind Hatten  
1963 1069 Ralph Butler   Rosalind Hatten  
1962 1069 Ralph Butler   Rosalind Ray  
1961 1069 Ralph Butler   Rosalind Ray  
1960 905 Ralph Butler   Rosalind Ray  
1959 905 Ralph Butler   Rosalind Ray  
1958 905 Ralph Butler   Rosalind Ray  
1957 905 Ralph Butler   Rosalind Ray  
1956 905 Ralph Butler   Opal Lee  
1955 905 Ralph Butler   Opal Lee  
1954 905 Ralph Butler   Florence Bush  
1953 905 Ralph Butler   Florence Bush  
1952 905 W E Jordan   Florence Bush  
1951 905 W E Jordan   Florence Bush  
1950 867 W E Jordan   Florence Bush  
1949 867 W E Jordan   Florence Bush  
1948 867 W E Jordan   Florence Bush  
1947 867 W E Jordan   Florence Bush  
1946 867 W E Jordan   Florence Bush  
1945 867 W E Jordan   Florence Bush  
1944 867 C Wesley Allen   William Skaggs  
1943 867 C Wesley Allen   William Skaggs  
1942 867 C Wesley Allen   William Skaggs  
1941 867 C Wesley Allen   William Skaggs  
1940 883 S H Williams   William Skaggs  
1939 883 S H Williams   William Skaggs  
1938 883 S H Williams   William Skaggs  
1937 883 S H Williams   William Skaggs  
1936 883 Otis Byers   John W Steele  
1935 883 Otis Byers   John W Steele  
1934 883 William Jordan   Charles Bridgewater  
1933 883 William Jordan   Charles Bridgewater  
1932 883 William Jordan   William P Gorey  
1931 883 William Jordan   William P Gorey  
1930 848 William Jordan   William P Gorey  
1929 848 William Jordan   William P Gorey  
1928 848 William Jordan   William Bell  
1927 848 William Jordan   William Bell  
1926 848 William Jordan   D J Morrison  
1925 848 William Jordan   D J Morrison  
1924 603 William Jordan   R Stack  
1923 603 William Jordan   R Stack  
Friends of Genealogy

Friends of GenealogyHeld quarterly on Saturday at 2 pm
at the Chatham Area Public Library 

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide both experienced as well as new family historians opportunities to learn procedures and share experiences in the wide field of genealogy.

Our Meetings Include

  • Traditional genealogy techniques such as court house, library and family records
  • New techniques such as DNA genealogy
  • Genealogy software - comparisons, costs, uses and new developments
  • Internet research - including using Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org
  • Genealogical societies and training opportunities they provide
  • And so much more!

If you have any questions, please contact Alanna Sablotny, Local History/Genealogy Librarian at [email protected].

Who is Opal Lee?

Opal LeeOpal A (Young) Lee was the unofficial historian of Chatham. She was well qualified for the role as a life long resident of Chatham.  Opal was born Feb. 12, 1920 and married her high school sweetheart, Vernon Lee, in 1942.  She worked at the Glenarm Grain Elevator before her retirement and served as village clerk.  Throughout her life, she dedicated her life to collecting and preserving the history of Chatham via photographs, artifacts and documentation for local businesses, the  Library, and other organizations. The  Library celebrates her life and dedication to Chatham through the Opal Lee Chatham History and Genealogy Room.