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“Old” Buncombe County

The original Buncombe County included those areas presently known as Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Madison, Transylvania and Counties, and the western part of Yancey, McDowell and Polk Counties. Macon, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, & Swain were still Cherokee Indian Lands until 1819 and 1835. For our purposes, however, we consider them a part of Old Buncombe …

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The Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society (OBCGS) proudly offers several annual awards for authors, members and community leaders. We want to recognize excellence in publishing and a commitment to genealogical research standards that equal those at the national level. These awards are presented at the Annual Membership Meeting in November each year. The recipients receive …

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History and Purpose

OLD BUNCOMBE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (OBCGS) The society was founded in 1980 as a non-profit cultural organization incorporated under Section 501(c)(3). Our purpose is to provide genealogical education through publications, workshops, a library and research support. There are many ways to take advantage of our resources: Research at the OBCGS Library – plan to visit …

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In Memoriam

On this page we remember our volunteers, members, friends and supporters as they start their next journey…   Gussie Pless Case Obituary, Dec. 2011 Teri Cogburn Obituary, Jan 2015 Marian C. Dyson Obituary, June 2015 Bill Jordan, Sr. Obituary, June 2010 Sarah Moore Obituary, May 2014 Rex Redmon Obituary, Nov. 2015 Jan Rhodes Memorial, March …

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           2016 Officers   President Edith Garrett 1st Vice President Steve  Greene 2nd Vice President Cindy Jordan Treasurer Diana Norton Membership Secretary Rich Nallenweg Recording Secretary Ann Broadbent Corresponding Secretary Thelma McGraw Bookstore Manager Edith Garrett Computer Services Cheryl Chasin First Families Sandy Jordan Genealogist/Historian Nancy Manning Journal Editor Cindy Jordan …

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MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS Membership in OBCGS offers an excellent opportunity to learn more about Western North Carolina genealogy and local history. In addition to the savings you receive as a member, you can work as an office or on-line volunteer. Our library is manned entirely through the efforts of volunteers. Contact the Society to learn how …

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First Families of Old Buncombe

First Families of Old Buncombe(FFOB) Information & Application  The First Families of Old Buncombe Committee in conjunction with the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society is continually accepting applications for membership!  The purpose of this organization is (1) to honor our pioneer ancestors who were the founding families of the Western North Carolina area covered by Old …

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  We Need More Volunteers! OBCGS has many volunteer opportunities in the library itself and work that can be done remotely (from home). You can work as much or as little as you want – an hour a month or 20 hours a week! All the work done here is conducted by volunteers – it …

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