Library Research Services - Postal Delivery

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

Document Request Service
For $10.00 the Library will provide photocopies of a specific document or file. A $0.50 cent charge per page will apply if the requested document excdeeds 15 pages. Please consult our online catalog and finding aids 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. Please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope. To use this service, send a check or money order for $10.00 made payable to CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY for each document or file requested.

Basic Research Service

For $15.00 the Library will provide photocopies of up to 20 pages in response to a basic research request. The charge for any copies after 20 pages is $0.50 per page. 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. Please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope. Remember, we only have information about people who lived in Chester County and events that took place here. To use this service, send a check or money order for $15.00 made payable to CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY for each document or file requested.

Genealogical Research Services

For the convenience of patrons who are unable to visit our facilities, we gladly accept genealogical research requests via mail. This service is intended to provide the researcher with basic information and sources pertaining to a specific individual, as well as recommendations and copies (up to 20 pages) of relevant records found. We will not attempt to construct a line of descent. Please include any information that you have that may be helpful to us in identifying the person you are looking for. This search references available resources in the Chester County Historical Society collection and the Chester County Archives.

You may request a search for more than one person, but each will require pre-payment of $40.00 ($35.00 for CCHS members). To use this service, please send a check or money order made payable to CCHS for $40.00 ($35.00 for CCHS members) for each name to be searched to LIBRARY MAIL RESEARCH SERVICE at the Chester County Historical Society. Checks are cashed upon project completion, usually within 6 to 8 weeks. Please use the form at the link below to submit your request.

http://chestercohistorical.org/media/1141

Send mail to:
Library Mail Research Service
Chester County Historical Society
225 North High Street
West Chester, PA 19380-2691

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