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Our August program is titled “Overview of the Western NC Regional Archives”. On 24 August 2019, Sarah Downing will present an overview of all the incredible research information available right here in the Western North Carolina region. The Western Regional Archives (WRA) is an offshoot of the NC State Archives located in Raleigh, NC.

In 2013 several private and organizational collections related to western North Carolina were relocated from the State Archives in Raleigh to the new WRA in Asheville. Since that time their holdings have grown through donations of private, family, and organizational records. Some collections located at the WRA are indexed through the MARS online catalog.

This program is open to the public so plan to attend whether you’re a member or not!


We are currently accepting donations of used books for our book sale in October. You do not have to be a member to make a donation. Please drop your book donations off at the library (directions above under “Contact Us”) and let us know if you need an acknowledgement letter. Thank you very much for your support!

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OBCGS Announces 2019 Fall Workshop Schedule

Bob Penland, First Vice President of Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society (OBCGS), has announced the schedule for the Society’s 2019 Annual Fall Workshop. The Workshop is set for Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at the Unitarian Universal Church, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville, NC 28801. Penland has scheduled some excellent speakers …

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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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