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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 …

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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: Alexander Street North American Womens Letters and Diaries.  https://alexanderstreet.com/products/north-american-womens-letters-and-diaries The collection includes approximately 150,000 pages of letters and diaries from Colonial times to 1950, including 7,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts—all in electronic format for the first …

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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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Researching Your African American Family History in North Carolina

UPDATED Oct 2021: Ancestry.com has loaded a new database on their site from the “US, Freedman’s Bank Records, 1865-1874”. The original records are housed at the National Archives and Records Administration on microfilm. Ancestry is making them available in fully digitized and searchable format to make it easier to find your African American ancestors.  The …

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**Buncombe County Cemetery List**

The following is a list of known cemeteries in Buncombe County.   We are currently working to complete this list.   NAME OF CEMETERY ADDRESS CITY TOWNSHIP Academy (Old) Cemetery SEE: Henry Cem; Sulphur Springs Cem xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Lower Hominy Acton United Methodist Church Sand Hill School Rd # 128 Asheville Upper Hominy African Methodist Episcopal …

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Yancey County North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979

The following is an index of Yancey County Estate files located at Family Search. Click on a name and a new tab will open taking you to the record on Family Search.

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Clay County North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979

The following is an index of Clay County Estate files located at Family Search. Click on a name and a new tab will open taking you to the record on Family Search.

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Cherokee County North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979

The following is an index of Cherokee County Estate files located at Family Search. Click on a name and a new tab will open taking you to the record on Family Search.

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Buncombe County North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979

The following is an index of Buncombe County Estate files located at Family Search. Click on a name and a new browser  tab will open taking you to the record on Family Search.  

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Genealogy Forms

The following forms may help you organize your research. Vertical Family Group Sheet Vertical Pedigree Chart Four Generation Ancestor Chart

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