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       Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sat., 23 Nov 2019 at the OBCGS Library. Join us for a covered dish lunch and hear more about upcoming Society activities. This is also the chance for the Society to honor those who have accomplished something special in the past year such as publishing a new book or supporting the library activities as a volunteer. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., 28 November 2019 and Christmas Day, Wed., 25 December 2019 so our volunteers can spend time with their families. Before you come to the Library anytime this winter, please call ahead at 828-253-1894 to make sure we are open in case of inclement weather.

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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 – now available in our bookstore! All proceeds of these book sales go to the support of our library and website so your purchases will benefit the Society for years to come. These books are available along with our other surplus books in …

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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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