Local History & Genealogy

The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives is a local history and genealogy center jointly operated by the Handley Regional Library and the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society. Our holdings include a variety of materials documenting the history of the Lower Shenandoah Valley from 1732 to the present, with an emphasis on the City of Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia. 

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Books and Journals

The Archives holds a wide range of historical and genealogical titles. Please note that items in the Archives are non-circulating.

Archives News

Family History Corner

Researching Common Surnames: May 2022 My last name is Smith.  I have been told that our ancestors changed our surname before immigrating to the United States from Poland.  I have hesitated to attempt any research because I feel like I truly have a generic name.  Would it even be possible to learn anythi...

Family History Corner: Census Records

Census Records April 2022 This month I want to build on the past ideas that I have written about and hope that you are having some success.  I have suggested that those who are beginning their family history:                 1. Identify...