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Our Library is open to all visitors during open hours. We have a volunteer present on Tues – Sat from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and masks are still required. The docents are prepared to answer questions, ship books, mail research requests and do other administrative duties as well as be present to welcome visitors to do research.

Our next event is the Annual Workshop, “Family Migrations Into and Out of Western North Carolina” set for Saturday, October 23, 2021 to be held online on Zoom from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm. The meeting sign up link can be found here.

If you want specific help with a research project, give us a call (828-253-1894) to make an appointment or you can fill out the form on our Assisted Research page and we will be in touch!

Please check the calendar or sign up for our monthly newsletter (on the right side of this page) for more info on our activities. Contact us by email (see our contact page above) if you have any questions.

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Bennett Family Research Report

This post is a Proposal that: William Bennett (abt 1730-1806)was the father of John Bennett (abt 1756-abt 1837)and grandfather of Hardeman Bennett (1775-1849) Based on a study of existing records for Upper South Carolina and Western North Carolina   by Carolyn Bennett Mahaffey Atlanta, Georgia February 2021   Bennett Family Report

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Waldrop Family Research Available

Howard Waldrop has generously shared a link (below) to his family’s research page on the Waldrop family. This is a rootsweb page and there are lots of ads so make sure your ad blocker is turned on!  Please have a look to see if their information can help you: https://wc.rootsweb.com/trees/621101/I1/michaeli-waldrop/individual

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A Tribute to Buncombe Co., NC, and a Man Named Benjamin Kimsey

            What the heck were Lewis and Clark’s first names? “Those are first names,” I said to no one in particular. Being at the end of my book, “Kimsey Rise: A Family of Farmers”, an historical novel taking place around 1805 at the time of Benjamin’s death in Buncombe County and James, his brother’s death, …

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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: Archives of Appalachia – The Center for Appalachian Studies East Tennessee Universityhttps://libraries.etsu.edu/archivesofappalachia/subjectguides/appalachiancollectionsArchival materials include family, business & organizational papers, photographs & audiovisual materials, including a searchable online database Fairfield District, South Carolina deeds and bonds.   https://www.ken-shelton.com/Fairfield/Deeds/deeds.htm …

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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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