Reference Services

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
archives@handleyregional.org
www.handleyregional.org

Genealogical or Historical Research

The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives can provide 15 minutes of free research for patrons who are unable to visit in person. For more complex, in-depth inquiries, researchers may pay for a staff member to conduct up to 2 hours of research on their behalf. The fee for a research request is $20.00 per hour and includes a delivery fee and up to 20 pages of copies of supporting documents. (Additional copies will be billed at the standard rate for reproductions.) Please be aware that we are only able to search materials held in the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives and that research may not be successful. Fees are not refundable.

Requests for research services should be submitted to the Archives via the online RESEARCH REQUEST FORM. (Alternatively, you can download the form as a PDF by clicking HERE. When completed, mail the form to the address above or scan and email it to archives@handleyregional.org.) Archives staff will confirm your request. Work will not begin until payment is received. Allow 4-6 weeks for research to be completed. Research findings and copies of supporting documents will be delivered by mail.

Obituary Searches

The Archives can undertake obituary searches of local newspapers for a fee of $5.00 per name searched.  The fee includes delivery and is non-refundable. Please note that even with a diligent search, we may not be able to find the requested obituary.

To request an obituary search, please fill out the online OBITUARY SEARCH REQUEST FORM. The name of the deceased and date of death must be included. (Alternatively, you can download the form as a PDF by clicking HERE. When completed, mail the form to the address above or scan and email it to archives@handleyregional.org.) Work will not begin until payment is received. The name of the deceased and date of death must be included. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of the obituary.

Genealogists for Hire

Professional genealogists are able to help with family history research. Click HERE to view a list of genealogists for hire. This list is not exhaustive, nor is it meant to be an endorsement, but is made available as a service to the public. Anyone who wishes to contract the services of a particular researcher should be aware that all arrangements are a matter to be determined between the researcher and the client.