Handley Regional Library

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Handley Regional Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  hlref@handleyregional.org


100 West Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA 22601

Telephone:[1]  540-662-9041
Fax:  540-722-4769

Hours and holidays:[1]

Library:  Library: Wednesday 10am-8pm, Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday 10am-5pm
Stewart Bell Jr. Archives:  Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday: 1pm - 8pm, Thursday/Friday/Saturday: 10am -5pm

Map, directions, and public transportation:[1]

  • Google map and directions
  • All city buses stop within three blocks of the library. The Northside/Salvation Army  and the Northside/Westminster Canterbury  southbound buses stop next to the library.[2]

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Very large collection about Germans and Scots-Irish who traveled the Great Valley Road from Pennsylvania to Virginia, including manuscripts, newspapers, biographies, and histories,[3] and people of the Lower Shenandoah Valley since 1732, emphasizing Winchester and Frederick County in 4000 books, county court abstracts, county histories, genealogies, regimental histories, battles, newspapers since 1787, censuses, 600 linear feet of manuscripts, maps, photos, and oral history tapes.[4]

Tips[edit | edit source]

Use computers for free. Users must have a current Handley Regional Library card to use the Internet.[5]

Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Pathfinders biblographies for Civil War Manuscript Collection; Civil War Manuscripts - Diaries and Letters; Death Records Sources; Fairfax Land Grants.
  • Manuscript inventories brief scope, content, and historical background for hundreds of collections.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Handley Regional Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives at Philadelphia, PA, records of federal agencies and courts for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, military records.[6]
  • Library of Virginia, Richmond, large genealogy collection including births and deaths 1853-1896, marriages before 1936, histories, biographies, newspapers, Bibles, and huge manuscript collection (about half online), military and Civil War records, deeds, wills and other court records.[7] [8]
  • Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, county records, militia lists, bounty lands, tax lists, poll lists, genealogies, newspapers, Bibles, and a huge index to Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky settlers.[7]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Hours and Locations in Handley Regional Library (3 January 2014).
  2. Bus Stop Locations in Winchester, Virginia (accessed 3 January 2014).
  3. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 97. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  4. Family and Local History in Handley Regional Library (accessed 28 December 2013).
  5. Handley Regional Library Internet Safety Policy in Handley Regional Library (accessed 3 January 2014).
  6. Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Genealogy in Virginia Department of Health (accessed 4 January 2014).
  9. Dollarhide and Bremer, 105.
  10. The Tina Brayton Collection in Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (accessed 3 January 2014).
  11. Home in Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society (accessed 4 January 2014).
  12. About Us in Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society (accessed 4 January 2012).
  13. The Heritage Center Program in Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center (4 January 2014).
  14. Clerk of the Circuit Court's Home Page in The Judicial Center (accessed 4 January 2014).
  15. The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reading Room in Library of Congress (accessed 31 December 2013).
  16. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  17. Genealogical Research at The New York Public Library in New York Public Library (accessed 3 January 2014).