Stewart Bell Jr.
Archives Room, located in Handley Library
Note: Archives hours are
different from library hours. See
Where do I start?
Follow the links below for researching tips at the Stewart Bell
Jr. Archives in the Handley Regional Library.
Photographs of people, places, and events of the
lower Shenandoah Valley. We are now putting our 19,000 photos online through Past
Perfect, a software package. We have almost
11,000 photographs online, with more added each month so continue to check
our holdings or visit the Archives to use the entire collection.
family names from the Winchester/ Frederick County area
Finding aids (bibliographies
Property Tax Lists of Free Blacks, Frederick Co., VA
Genealogy Resources in the Lower
Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
Genealogy Resources on the Internet
Heritage Quest Online
on any library Internet computer or at home with your Handley Regional Library
Ancestry.Com Available at any
library Internet computer for census records and many other records and
Fold 3 (formerly Footnote),
Website where original historical documents have
been digitized and are searchable providing a truly unique experience. Available
at any Archives Internet computer.
Search the library's catalog
Seniors at Handley High School, 1921 - 1974 (pdf file; requires Adobe
Genealogists for hire
How to contact us:
What we have in Archives:
Online photographs Check frequently; more being added weekly.
Extensive collection of materials on
the people, places and events of the Lower Shenandoah Valley from 1732 to the
present. The focus of the collection is Winchester and Frederick County.
Over 4000 published books: abstracts of county court
records, county histories, genealogies, regimental histories, and studies of
battles from the French and Indian War to the Civil War.
Newspapers from 1787 to the present,
(incomplete). Some titles have been microfilmed; however none are indexed.
Census collection with all available United States
Census records for the Lower Shenandoah Valley from 1790 to 1930.
Over 600 linear feet of manuscripts and ephemera, maps,
photographs, and oral history tapes.
Manuscript collections and published books appear in the
library’s online catalog.
The Archives Room is jointly operated by the Handley Regional Library and
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society.
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Burials of Grace Lutheran and German Reformed Churches within Mount Hebron
Cemetery of Winchester, Virginia
County Historical Society
Winchester Frederick County Historical
Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society
Treasures in the Library of Congress
Gazette (early Virginia newspaper) through Colonial Williamsburg
Heritage Guide to Manuscript & Archival Collections in Virginia
county records in the Library of Virginia
Photos from the Archives' 30th Anniversary Party, Nov. 2009 (on library's
Visit Winchester, VA
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