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Our Library has recently opened to outside visitors for APPOINTMENTS only. We have a volunteer present on Wed – Sat from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. They are prepared to answer questions, mail copies and do other administrative duties as well as be present to welcome visitors with an appointment to do research. Give us a call (828-253-1894) if you want to make an appointment for research or you can fill out the form on our Assisted Research page and we will be in touch!

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.

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Useful Research Links

This post offers some useful links that could enhance your research into Western North Carolina genealogy and local history: Fairfield District, South Carolina deeds and bonds.   https://www.ken-shelton.com/Fairfield/Deeds/deeds.htm Photocopies of the original records.  These are not available at  familysearch.org   Haywood County Library Genealogy & Local History Collection www.haywoodlibrary.org/635/Genealogy-Local-History Contains searchable newspapers printed in Haywood County …

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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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