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Norma K. Grimes Research Library

NOTICE - Due to construction of a new Research & Education Center and a LeMoyne House Window Preservation Project, we are open by Appointment Only

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Since its formation in 1781, Washington County has had a prominent role in the growth and development of our nation. From the earliest settlements of the western frontier to the Whiskey Rebellion, from westward migration on the National Road to the Oil & Gas boom of the 1890s, and from the Abolitionist Movement to modern social reform, Washington County has been a place of precedent-setting history. The Washington County Historical Society stands ready to help you explore and discover this remarkable history.

The Norma K. Grimes Research Library is open to the public by appointment Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission the library is free to WCHS members (with photocopies at $0.25 per page) and $7.00 per day for non-members (with photocopies at $.050 per page). WCHS offers other research services as described below.  

WCHS Research Service


WCHS research service taps into all available Washington County resources, including registered deeds and wills, orphans court records back to 1781, newspaper collections, and Citizens Library resources. Please complete the WCHS RESEARCH REQUEST form below to provide information on the specific person or ancestor to be researched and select the number of hours of research you wish to have performed. The charge for this service is $30 per hour, with a 20% discount for WCHS members. 

WCHS Index and Vertical File Search


WCHS has an index of names for many of the various records for taxes, marriages, births, deaths, etc. found in its archival holdings.  Please complete the INDEX AND VERTICAL FILE SEARCH form below to send us the surname you are researching, and WCHS will provide the entries found in the index for that name. Index and Vertical File searches are $20 per hour with a 20% discount for WCHS members.

WCHS Photo/Image Research and Reproduction


WCHS has an extensive collection of photographs and images.  This collection includes images of towns, buildings & locations, families of Washington County, and events from the region's past.  WCHS's Photo/Image research services include a search of this collection.  Results of photo/image research will be provided to you as low-resolution watermarked files for your review.  If you would like a digital or photo print reproduction of a photo or image, WCHS offers reproductions of photos/images.  Please complete the WCHS PHOTO/IMAGE form below to request a photo/image search

Research Consultations


Researchers may schedule a personal consultation to receive help with questions related to historical or genealogical research.  The fee for consultations is $30 per hour, with a 20% discount for WCHS members.  Sessions can be conducted in person at the Norma K. Grimes Research Library or over the phone.  Sessions must be scheduled in advance.  Please call 724-225-6740 or use the fillable form below to schedule an appointment.

Additional Information


  • All research requests must be submitted using the forms provided on this page. 

  • Requests can be submitted through email or regular mail. 

  • Turn-around time for research is approximately 4 weeks, but is dependent on the current number of requests. 

  • Requests are completed in the order in which they are received.   

  • WCHS Members receive one complimentary hour of research per year.  Additional hours are subject to standard member research fees.  

  • We cannot accept research inquiries by phone.

If you would like more information on our research services, or to schedule a research consultation, please call us at 724-225-6740

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