Indexes and Pathfinders
Archives staff and volunteers have compiled the following indexes to assist researchers in locating information for family history research and other topics. Click on the headings to view and search the indexes.
Index to Obituaries in the Winchester Star, 1896-1915 (PDF)
To obtain copies of obituaries please see information on our Research Services page.
Index of Handley High School Seniors in Handlian,1921-1976 (PDF)
An alphabetized list of seniors who graduated from John Handley High School in Winchester, Va. between 1921 and 1976. Information taken from yearbooks.
Index to James Wood High School Seniors in Woodbines, 1951-1964 (PDF)
An alphabetized list of seniors who graduated from James Wood High School in Frederick County, Va. between 1951 and 1964. Information taken from yearbooks.
Shenandoah Valley Newspapers Microfilm Collection (PDF)
A list of the historic newspapers published in the Shenandoah Valley between 1817 and 1935 and available on microfilm in the Archives Reading Room. Please note that series are incomplete.
Winchester Newspapers on Microfilm (PDF)
A list of the historic newspapers published in Winchester between 1797 and 2018 and available on microfilm in the Archives Reading Room. Please note that some series are incomplete. Selected titles are also available online through our Advantage Digital Newspaper Archive.
A pathfinder is a document that guides a person to resources on a particular topic. The following pathfinders have been compiled by Archives staff and volunteers and include manuscript and published resources in the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives. Click on the headings to view the pathfinder.
Lord Fairfax and Fairfax Land Records
A guide to resources relevant to the proprietorship of Lord Thomas Fairfax (1693-1781) including Northern Neck land records and the Hite-Fairfax Suit.
Researching Historic Buildings in the City of Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia
A guide to published and unpublished sources for researching the history of historic properties.
Civil War Manuscripts and Microfilm
A list of manuscript and microfilm collections especially pertinent to Civil War research and family history.
Civil War Diaries and Letters
A guide to diaries and letters written by Civil War soldiers and veterans from Winchester, as well as from civilians living in or near Winchester during the conflict.
Genealogical resource to assist in finding death dates and burial places.