Research Services

Archives staff can answer questions, assist researchers in planning their research trip, and refer researchers to appropriate materials. Normally, Archives staff can only do brief research  about information in Archives records. For more complex, in-depth inquiries, researchers may pay for research and copying services. Details of these services are below. While we guarantee that we will research records thoroughly, we cannot guarantee that they will contain the information you seek. If we spend research time on your behalf, refunds are not given, regardless of what information was or was not found.   

Payment for research services or copies must be made in advance. The Archives can accept personal checks made payable to WFCHS Archives. We can also accept payments made through PayPal with any valid credit card. A PayPal account is not required. 

Please read below to learn more about our specific research services and click on the links provided to access the forms used to request research and copying services and to make payment. Click HERE to review our Photocopies and Reproduction Policy.


Archives staff will research an individual, family line, or historical topic. Click HERE for details. 


Archives staff will search for obituaries and provide copies. Click HERE for details.


To request photocopies of materials held by the Archives please click HERE for details. Please note that some items cannot be photocopied because of copyright restrictions or because the materials are too fragile. Archives staff will contact you if this is the case. 


Professional genealogists are able to help with family history research. Click on the following LINK 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.