Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau


Frederick County today offers a wealth of opportunities for genealogists and historians. The Frederick County Clerk’s Records cover 1743 to the present. Winchester, the county seat, is an independent city and has its own Clerk’s Office with records from 1790 to the present.

Handley Regional Library
Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room

The Winchester Frederick County Historical Society and the Handley Regional Library jointly operate the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives. They house an extensive collection of material on the people, places, and events of the lower Shenandoah Valley.

100 W. Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA 22601

(540) 662-9041, Ext. 17

Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society

Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society is a nonprofit organization for people interested in researching family history records anywhere in the world. SVGS holds regular meetings and hosts special programs on genealogical topics.

P.O. Box 2234
Winchester, VA 22604

Mount Hebron Cemetery

This 56 acre cemetery holds many of the area's prominent leaders, generations of local families, Civil War soldiers, and graves dating to the 1760s. A searchable burial records database is on their website.

305 E. Boscawen Street
Winchester, VA 22601

(540) 662-4868

Newtown History Center

Newtown History Center preserves, documents, and interprets the material culture and lore of the town of Stephens City and its environs. It is also a repository of documents and photographs relating to the history of the town, its inhabitants and their families.

5408 Main Street
Stephens City, VA 22655

(540) 869-1700

Wilderness Road: Virginia's Heritage Migration Route

With its beginnings as a path for American bison and early Native Americans, to a wagon road for stagecoaches, this migration route through Virginia tells a story of the settlement of America. Today, over 43 million Americans can trace their heritage to the families that migrated along the Wildnerness Road.