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 Welcome to the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society


With our Annual Fall Workshop scheduled for this Saturday at a different location, we will close the Library all day on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. We will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 am. We apologize for an inconvenience.

OBCGS Announces the Annual Fall Workshop 

The Workshop is set for Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at the Unitarian Universal Church, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville, NC 28801. Workshop Chair Bob Penland has scheduled some excellent speakers. The program is open to the public and includes a wonderful lunch and several coffee breaks. Registration is $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

Speakers and Schedule:

9:00 am – Nancy Manning: “Non-Traditional Genealogical Websites for Family Research”

10:30 am – Edith Garrett: “Methods and Technologies for Writing Your Family History”

12:00 – 1:15 pm – Lunch

1:30 pm  – Dr. Paul Sisco: will speak on DNA Technology, title to be announced.

3:00 pm – Panel Discussion – audience participation in a discussion on DNA Technology


To register for the workshop, please download the Fall Workshop Reg Form 2017

We look forward to seeing you!

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