Online Resources From the Library
Ancestry.com (available only in the library)
Ancestry.com offers access to millions of records, including census, immigration, military, city and town directories, and more.
A database to search for ancestors and relatives. Includes searches of census information, local history, selected Revolutionary War records and Freedman's Bank (1865-1874) which was founded to serve African Americans.
Other useful websites
Find-a-Grave includes burial information for the Chicopee cemeteries listed below. You can also search all of Hampden county.
The library local history collection is located on the lower level of the library. To access the collections, ask at the Reference desk.
The following items are available in the local history room, plus many more:
- Phonebooks and Directories 1863, 1872-present
- Yearbooks from Chicopee High and Chicopee Comprehensive (various years)
- Clippings Files about topics in the city
- Historic Homes Files
- Street list of eligible voters from 1939-present
- Annual reports by town/city officers
- Veterans' Grave Registration (Colonial Era to Vietnam War)
- Chapin Family Genealogy
- World War II Scrapbook
- Civil War Soldier's Record Ledger/li>
- Olive Leaf: Newspaper published by young factory women employed in the textile mills of Cabotville (c.1843)
- Westover Flyer:Airforce base newspaper from the late 1940s
- Fisk Bulletin: A newsletter of the Fisk Athletic and Social Association published from 1917-1920.