Online Research


Databases and E-Books

 (You will need a Chandler Library card and 4-digit PIN to access these resources.)

Ancestry Library Edition
In-library use only - Genealogy research. Find your family in census, birth, marriage, death, immigration, military, probate, and land records, including, in many cases, images of the original documents.

Gale Genealogy Connect
Features a wide range of comprehensive references and is powered by authoritative information from

HeritageQuest Online
Genealogy research from historical records.

Additional Resources

The African Heritage Project
University of South Florida’s research project which seeks to discover records that document the names and lives of slaves, freedpersons and their descendants, and share those records on their free internet site

Arizona Genealogical and Historical Societies

Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates
Birth and death certificates are now available to the public online! Births that occurred at least 75 years ago and deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago are available for viewing online

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records' Genealogy Collection
Information about the Genealogy collection.

Cyndi’s List The largest and most comprehensive list of online genealogical resources.

Family Search
Links to over 1 billion names in the LDS (Mormon Church) database. Access the catalog of the largest genealogical library in the world – the Family History Library in Salt Lake City

Find A Grave
Free resource for finding the final resting places of famous people, friends and family members.

Mesa Regional Family History Center
The second largest branch of the LDS Family History Library right here in Arizona! Search their online catalog; click on hours and map for their hours of operation and directions.

National Archives & Records
Excellent site for census, immigration and military records.

Obituary research isn't always simple or straightforward.  No law requires that a person's death will be announced in the newspaper, it is entirely voluntary and not all newspapers published before the invention of computerized typesetting can be found online.  If published, obituaries can be found on microfilm.  You will have the best results if you know the month, day, year and place that the person died.  Microfilm for the Chandler Public libraries can be found at our Downtown library located at:
22 S. Delaware Street, Chandler, AZ 85225. 

There you will find the following publications on microfilm:
Arizona Republic January 1, 1984 through December 5, 2013
Chandler Arizonan May 21, 1912 through October 15, 1987
Chandler Tribune October 16, 1987 through December 31, 2000
East Valley Tribune January 1, 2001 through December 30, 2009
Phoenix Gazette January 1, 1986 through January 18,1997
Our library staff is happy to assist customers in getting started with the use of the microfilm machine.

If you live outside Maricopa County and are not able to visit our library, your local library may be able to assist you through an interlibrary loan request process or by using their online research tools.
Somos Primos
A news information site dedicated to Hispanic heritage information and issues.  Provides links to other Hispanic genealogical research sites.

One of the oldest and respected genealogical database and it’s free! Includes the Social Security death index.

A cooperative project, which maintains genealogical data from every state and county in the United States

Check this giant collaboration of genealogical data and resources if your ancestor immigrated from another country