Local History and Genealogy

The Ann K. and Preston H. Leake Local History and Genealogy Collection

The Local History and Genealogy Collection (LHGC) of the Appomattox Regional Library System (ARLS) in cooperation with local historical societies acquire, organize, preserve, and provides access and guidance to materials that document the social, cultural, political, and economic heritage of Hopewell, Prince George County, and Dinwiddie County.

The library works to digitize primary documents, photographs, and slides. These materials are housed in the Ann K and Preston H Leake Local History and Genealogy Room at the Hopewell Library.

This digitalization project was made possible through the generous gift of Anne and Preston Leake to the ARLS Local History and Genealogy Room We are deeply appreciative of the Leakes’ support for the conservation and dissemination of the history of our local community.

Access the Digital Local History and Genealogy Collection


The Ann K. and Preston H. Leake Local History and Genealogy Collection, located on the second floor of the Hopewell Library, consists of primary documents, photographs, and printed books on the history of Hopewell and the surrounding local area. Materials are not available for circulation but may be viewed on-site by appointment.

To make an appointment, call Jeanie Langford, Local History Room Assistant Librarian & Archivist, at the Hopewell Library (804) 458-6329 ext 2008 or email jlangford@arls.org.

Microfilm: The Hopewell Library also houses microfilm for the Hopewell News from 1923 - 2004 which may be viewed at the library during open hours. To access this collection, please see a librarian at the Information Desk. The Hopewell News has been digitized for your ease of use and the link can be found under the Research tab. For your convenience, there is an Obituary Index for the Hopewell News for this date range. The index lists last name, first name, the date the obituary was published (which is generally not the same as the date of death), and the page in the paper where the obituary can be found.

Hopewell News Obituary Index: Please call



LHGC Collection Development Policy

LHGC Strategic Plan 2010-2015



ARLS is digitizing the LHGC in order to better serve its patrons and to facilitate the effortless use of these primary resources for their research needs. We welcome any feedback you are willing to provide. Please email us at admin@arls.org or call us at (804) 458-6329.

The Hopewell News

The Appomattox Regional Library System has digitized preserved microfilm copies of The Hopewell News comprising the period of 1916-2004. The Hopewell News has been a daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and bi-monthly at various times.. This project was made possible through the generous gift of Anne and Preston Leake to the ARLS Local History and Genealogy Room. The Hopewell News, locally managed...

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Genealogy Databases

Genealogy Databases   The library provides access to several genealogy databases, which are available either from home or in the library. With these databases you are able to search through military or census records, to name to start tracing your family's history.   Ancestry Library Edition allows you to search through immigration, vital records, census, family Histories, court records, directories,...

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High School Yearbooks Digital Collection

In May of 2019, the Appomattox Regional Library System(ARLS)  partnered with the Library of Virginia (LVA) to digitize a collection of yearbooks from Hopewell High School spanning the years of 1925 through 1977. To see the ARLS’ digital yearbook collection click here. The Yearbook Digitization Project from the Library of Virginia’s Library Development and Networking Division allows people to browse yearbooks...

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