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We have plans for lots of interesting programs in 2019 so check back for the new schedule soon. We have no program scheduled for December and the library will be closed on Christmas Day, opening the next morning for normal hours.

We wish all of you a warm and friendly holiday season – come see us soon! 

In these winter months, the weather may be unpredictable and docents may be delayed or unable to come in to open the library. Please call the library at (828) 253-1894 to make sure someone is there for your visit.


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Deanne Gibson-Roles, Long-Time OBCGS Volunteer Has Passed Away

A leading volunteer who supported the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society for many years, Dee Gibson-Roles passed away at the age of 71 on Friday, November 9, 2018. Among other important contributions, she wrote a regular genealogy column for the Asheville Citizen Times and created OBCGS’ First Families of Old Buncombe County (FFOB) which identifies …

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New Books for Sale!

We are excited about our new genealogy books focused on Western North Carolina – now available in our bookstore! All proceeds of these book sales go to the support of our library and website so your purchases will benefit the Society for years to come. These books are available along with our other surplus books in …

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Researching Your African American Family History in North Carolina

Early Buncombe County slave deeds and cohabitation records have become available to the public on the Buncombe County website. The Register of Deeds office is very progressive and has made all kinds of vital records available publicly. They set a fine example for other municipalities and are making a huge difference in helping descendants trace …

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