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After careful consideration and with an abundance of caution, we have decided to close our Library to outside visitors until further notice. In addition, we have canceled all programs previously scheduled for March and April. Take this time to conduct online research or organization of your photographs and records at home. As we make decisions about future scheduling, we will keep this page updated. Please contact us by email (see our contact page above) if you have any questions.

In other news, OBCGS is sad to share that one of our valued contributing members, Ray Elingburg, passed away on Feb. 24. Ray’s obituary is in the Friday, Feb. 26 issue of the Asheville Citizen-Times and can also be found here.  The service mentioned in the obituary scheduled for March 21 has been CANCELED. 

Ray started volunteering at OBCGS in 2003. He worked as a docent, helping patrons research their family histories, and filled several positions on our Board. When the Society needed a larger space, he was instrumental in a fund-raising campaign, locating our current space and facilitating the library’s move.

Ray was a dedicated member and volunteer. With his leadership, we have been able to grow and expand our mission to provide education and support for those researching their family histories. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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OBCGS Announces 2020 Annual Workshop Schedule

Bob Penland, First Vice President of Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society (OBCGS), has announced the schedule for the Society’s 2020 Annual Workshop. The “Beyond the Barriers” Workshop is set for Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and will be held in the Manheimer Room in the Reuter Center at the University …

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Abandoned and Neglected Cemeteries, Laws and Current Practices in Buncombe County, NC

Betsy Couzins, one of OBCGS’ library volunteers, has written a well-researched article on the local laws governing cemeteries in Buncombe County. She gave a professional presentation at the library’s Saturday program on March 23, 2019 covering the same information. You can retrieve a copy of her article here:

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New Books for Sale!

We are excited about our new genealogy books focused on Western North Carolina listed below. They are now available in our eBay bookstore! You can find many genealogy and local history books in our eBay store: click here for our eBay bookstore You can search by name, author or subject by using the white search box …

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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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