Library Research Services - Digital Delivery

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To help researchers who are not able to use the Library in person, the Library offers four types of distance research services.

Document Copy Request Service
For $10.00 the Library will provide scanned copies of a specific document or file. Please consult our online catalog and collection guides to identify a call number or manuscript number for the document(s) you wish to request, as this service does not include research performed by library staff. Email your research request to 
library@chestercohistorical.org. A librarian will provide a link to our PayPal platform in a confirmation from CCHS. We will also specify total number of pages and final cost if the document requested exceed 15 pages. An additional charge of $.50 per page will apply if more than 15 pages are delivered.

Basic Research Service

For $15.00 the Library will provide scanned copies of relevant material in response to a basic research request, which includes informational requests on an event, business, organization, obituary, etc. When requesting research, please provide all information you have on the event or entity so that we are sure we retrieve the correct information. This service is limited to documents in the Chester County Historical Society Library and does not include information on the genealogy of an individual or property history. Email your research request to library@chestercohistorical.org. A librarian will provide a link to our PayPal platform in a confirmation from CCHS. We will also specify total number of pages and final cost if copies exceed 20 pages. An additional charge of $.50 per page will apply if more than 20 pages are delivered.

Genealogical Research Services
Our Genealogical Research Service is intended to provide the researcher with basic information and resources pertaining to one specific individual, as well as recommendations and copies of relevant records found. Note that we will not attempt to construct a line of descent. This search references available resources in the Chester County Historical Society collection.   

You may request a search for more than one person, but each will require pre-payment of $30.00 ($25.00 for CCHS members).  The genealogical research service includes copies of any records located in the search, up to 20 pages. An additional charge of $.50 per page will apply if more than 20 pages are delivered. Please download the form linked below and email it to library@chestercohistorical.org. Provide detail when appropriate, as good information ensures that we locate the correct person and can use a variety of relevant record types. A librarian will provide a link to our PayPal platform in a confirmation from CCHS. 

Genealogical Research Request Form

Property Research Services

While we recommend that researchers come in person to research properties whenever possible, we do offer property research assistance to distance patrons. This service is intended to provide the researcher with relevant maps, newspaper clippings, or ephemeral items for a specific property. Availability of property records varies widely, and your request may return only some of these record types, or the search may confirm that no records are available. In rare cases, historic photographs may be associated with the property. In order to perform property research, we require a chain of title, which the researcher can compile from public records. For more information on establishing your chain of title, please read the guide available from the Chester County Archives.

You may request a search for more than one property, but each will require pre-payment of $30.00 ($25.00 for CCHS members).  The property research service includes copies (up to 20 pages) of any records located in the search. An additional charge of $.50 per page will apply if more than 20 pages are delivered. Please download the form linked below and email it to library@chestercohistorical.org. A librarian will provide a link to our PayPal platform in a confirmation from CCHS.

Property Research Request Form

Please contact the library if you have any questions about any of these services.