Handley Regional Library

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Handley Regional Library
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Contact Information

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:  Monday/Wednesday 10am-8pm, Tuesday/Friday 10am-5pm, Thursday 10am-1pm, Sunday closed.
Archives:  Monday/Tuesday 1am-5pm, Wednesday 1pm-8pm, Thursday 10am-1pm, Friday/Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday closed.

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

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]


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


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

Alternate Repositories

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, very large genealogy collection including Bibles, vital records, histories, biographies, newspapers, and huge manuscript collection online.[7]
  • 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.[8]

Similar Collections

  • Roanoke County Public Library, very good for southwest Virginia, including family folders, books, genealogies, and indexes.[8]
  • Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown, Santa Cruz, California, The Brayton Collection is equivalent to the Draper Collection but larger and with a better index, and many compiled genealogies of Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia families.[8]

Neighboring Collections

  • Vit Rec
  • City Gen Hist Libr
  • County
  • Courts
  • Repositories in surrounding counties:  Virginia:  Clarke, Shenandoah, Warren; West Virginia:  Berkeley, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, and Morgan.
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.[9]
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[10]
  • New York Public Library international genealogy, heraldry, personal and family names (in Roman alphabets), family papers, Dorot Jewish collection, maps, periodicals, American history at national, state, and local levels.[11]


  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. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 113. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.
  9. The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reading Room in Library of Congress (accessed 31 December 2013).
  10. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  11. Genealogical Research at The New York Public Library in New York Public Library (accessed 3 January 2014).