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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 their families back to the earliest settlers of Buncombe County. What a great service!

Buncombe County Slave Deed List

  1. The Slave Deed List is organized by what deed book they are located within.
  2. There is a printable form for you to use if ordering a copy of the deed.
  3. If you want to print the deed yourself, you can click on the page number in the chart and it will take you to the database on the Buncombe County website and you can click on the page icon to the right to read the deed or save it to your computer.
  4. If you want to download the list, it can be searchable in Excel when you add filters on the top line of the column titles and organize the list alphabetically to look for your ancestor.

Buncombe Co. Slave Deeds

 

Buncombe County Former Slave Cohabitation Records

  1. The Buncombe County Cohabitation Records were taken after the end of slavery. Former slaves and freedmen were required to provide information about their marriages by Jan. 1, 1868.
  2. The list is set up alphabetically by surname. Keep in mind that many slaves took on the surname of their owners, but that is not always the case.
  3. The list includes the Recording Date and the Marriage Date as well as how many years they were married.

Buncombe Co. Cohabitation Records

 

More Research Help for North Carolina

A helpful article on other tips for researching your African American roots is available on the Asheville Citizen Times site. It was written by long-time OBCGS Volunteer Dee Gibson-Roles and published on 02 Feb 2015. The link is below:

More information on researching slave records

Another great resource on African American research in North Carolina is through the Government and Heritage Library Blog, from the State Library of North Carolina. A comprehensive list of online resources can be found below:

African American research online resources

 

 

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