Research Requests

For research requests concerning an individual, family line, or historic topic, a skilled researcher will spend one hour to investigate and respond to your request utilizing sources available in our library and archival collections. We will use online and print indexes, provide citations; check multiple sources, and provide information on relevant resources outside the library.

The fee for one hour of research is $15.00 plus $3.00 for postage and handling. The fee includes up to 10 photocopied pages of documents and must be prepaid. Additional copies will cost $.50 per page or $2.00 per page for microfilm, for which you will be billed. There is a limit of 50 copies per request. We will not start our research until we have received your payment. The fee is not refundable.

Any materials found during the course of research will be copied and mailed to you. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks from receipt of payment to receive your packet. Please ensure that you provide an active email address with all orders. 

If you have any questions regarding your research request please email or call (540) 662-9041, ext. 17.


To make a research request, fill out the research request form and return to the Archives with payment. Payment details are below. There are two ways to access and complete the form:

1. Use the online form at the bottom of this web page and press the submit button at the end of the form. A copy of your request will be sent to the email address you entered on the form.

2. Download the form as a  as a PDF via this link. Once completed, the form should be mailed with payment to
Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
P. O. Box 58
Winchester, Virginia 22604


Payment may be made by check or by credit and debit cards via PayPal.

Checks should be made payable to WFCHS Archives and mailed to:

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
P. O. Box 58
Winchester, Virginia 22604

Click on the PayPal link below to pay online. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use PayPal. Enter the total cost of your request, including postage and handling, into the price field and click on continue. You may log on to your PayPal account, or, if you wish to pay by credit or debit card click on the link to  select "Pay with credit or debit card."






Describe the research you would like us to undertake on your behalf.  Please include  pertinent full names, dates, and any resources previously checked (census records, death records, etc.). Only one surname or topic should be submitted per request.