Elephant Hotel, Somers
Photograph by Gray Williams
Are you interested in discovering your family roots?
Or perhaps the history of your home?
Or the history of your town?
To find the answers to these questions and many more, you may visit our library in person on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 4 pm, or you may request research by mail. Our professional staff will respond to mail requests for a modest hourly fee. You will hear from us as promptly as possible, generally within two weeks. Please be aware that you are paying for our time to research, not for the information received. There may be instances when the information is not available to us.
Most sources can be searched for you for a fee of $40 per hour (one-hour minimum). WCHS members receive a 10% discount, so the fee for members is $36 per hour. The Federal censuses for Westchester, 1850-1930, Orphanage records, County almshouse records, and church records are not indexed, therefore the charge for searching them is $50 per hour ($45 for members).
If you would like us to conduct either the general or a $50/hour search, please fill out and submit the following form. You will receive an email invoice. We will process your request as soon as we receive your payment. Please include what information you have, what sources you have checked, and what information you are searching for, to help us know how to best help you. If you prefer to submit your request by mail, download the pdf form and return it with the required fee to WCHS.
Regardless of whether or not information is found, you will receive a report. Photocopies of relevant material will be made if the original is in suitable condition.