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We are glad to offer some great resources for those doing genealogy research.  Please use the search forms below to search three separate obituary databases and a Materials and Researchers database. The first search box will access the "The Materials Available to Researchers" database. Some of those resources that can be searched under the classification field are  Births, Counties (i.e. Meigs, Athens, Gallia), Business Directory, Births, Births/Deaths, Biographies, Autobiography, Board of Education, cash receipt book, Cemeteries, Census, Civil War, City Directory, Criminal Records just to name a few. As an example just type in Civil War into the search filed and hit the search button.  There are a lot of resources available at the courthouse that can be searched it is hard to list them all here.

The second search box will search the "Meigs County Obituaries Index".  The third search box will access the "Bedford-Lodi Obituary Index".  And the fourth search box is our newest database it is the "Chester Courthouse Old Obituaries All Names Index I thru V".  These are four distinctly different databases so be sure to search all databases for your best chance for finding information.

The databases contain thousands of entries.  If you find useful information during your search  you can then use this data to contact the Chester Courthouse staff and retrieve the Obituary information from the volumes. 

There is a $3 charge for the first obituary  and $1 for each additional obituary.  There will a $1 discount for members of Chester-Shade Historical Association (CSHA).  Obituaries  can be ordered by contacting Kaye Fick at kayefick@windstream.net.  Once you have the obituary information you obtained from our databases please include the Volume # or Page #  in your email.  We will make arrangement for payment and delivery of your obituary information.  Good Luck!

Search The Materials Available to Researchers

Search:
Select Field To Search:
Classification Title/description Type


Search The Meigs County Obituaries Index

Search:
Select Field To Search: Last Name
First Name


Search The Bedford-Lodi Obituary Index

Search:
Select Field To Search: Last Name
First Name Maiden Name Year of Birth Year of Death


Chester Courthouse Old Obituaries All Names Index I thru V

Search:
Select Field To Search: Last Name
First Name Cemetery

Latter Day Saints CD's
The Chester-Shade Historical Association has the complete 30 CD collection of the Latter Day Saints Genealogical Archives. This includes both the Pedigree Resource File as well as the Family History Resource File.

Pedigree Resource Files:
These records are stored on 30 CD's found in two volumes in our library. CD's 1 thru 25 are in the first volume and CD's 26 thru 30 are in the second. On these CD's, you can search either the Master Index or the Pedigree Index.


Family History Resource Files:
The following list of databases are found in these CD's -

  • 1880 U.S. Census and National Index
  • 1881 British Isles Census and National Index
  • 1881 Canadian Census and National Index
  • Vital Records Index, British Isles
  • Vital Records Index, North America (index Disc #1)
  • Vital Records Marriages North America (Disc 2-7)
  • Vital Records Index, Western Europe, Alpine Region
  • Vital Records Index, Western Europe, Benelux Region
  • Vital Records Index, Western Europe, French Region
  • Vital Records Index, Western Europe, German Region
  • Vital Records Index, Western Europe, Italian Region
  • Vital Records Index, Western Europe, Spanish Region