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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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**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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