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OBCGS Annual Workshop

October 23 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm


OBCGS Annual Workshop: “Family Migrations Into and Out of Western North Carolina”

Schedule: Held online on Zoom from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm EDT on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.

The OBCGS Annual Workshop  is coming soon and we are excited to announce that Diane Richard will be our invited speaker for the two morning sessions. Are you searching for your ancestors before they settled in Western NC? Are you wondering where some of those ancestors moved and why those pastures seemed greener? Most of us with roots in these mountains have asked ourselves these questions, as we follow our kin through generations. This 4½ hour Zoom webinar will provide information about some of the paths followed by families into and out of WNC from the early 1700s to the mid-1900s.

Presenter:  Diane L. Richard, a Raleigh, NC resident, is a professional genealogy and family history researcher, lecturer and author. She has been doing genealogy research since 1987, focusing professionally since 2003 on records for North Carolina and southern states. Through her business, Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com, she provides genealogy, family history and general history research services as well as presentations for local, state and national genealogical organizations. She regularly contributes to Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. She has authored over 500 articles on genealogy topics. In 2019 she published, Tracing Your Ancestors — African American Research: A Practical Guide (Moorshead Publications). Since 2016 she has been editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) journal. “I have spent the last decade doing more and more research into the records of North Carolina and the adjacent states of Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia along with migration paths to the Mississippi River. …I have researched all kinds of records in the state from the coast to the mountains,…including working with the descendants of ex-slaves to try to determine their ancestry.” Her presentations include research tips, techniques, tools and strategies, under-utilized resource collections [online and in libraries], accompanied by a resources handout.

Additional Presentations: The workshop will conclude with presentations by several of our experienced docents. Each one will share the details about where a WNC family lived before arriving in the area, where some of the family members moved, the reasons for those moves and the sources used to trace those migrations paths. Nancy Manning, our historian and genealogist, will discuss the Alexander family, one of the first white settlers in the now Buncombe County area. Linda Brown, docent and author of “South Asheville Cemetery- Search for the Forgotten,” will share her research on several African-American families living in the Buncombe County area. Steve Greene (OBCGS President) and Julia Greene (OBCGS Librarian) will talk about their Madison County families.

Registration is open with a $20 fee to cover expenses. Click on link below to register:

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Payment when registering will be handled through PayPal. A PayPal account is not required. There is a guest option; credit card information is entered and is not saved by PayPal. After registration, Zoom sends the registrant a confirmation email with the link to the webinar and PayPal sends a receipt.

If a registrant cannot attend all or part of the workshop on Oct 23, the recordings will be available for 2 weeks after the workshop. All those who have registered will receive an email on October 24 with a link to the recordings.

TOPIC: “Family Migrations Into and Out of Western North Carolina”

  • 11am—12:10 pm: Diane L. Richard “Early Migration Into Western North Carolina”
  • 12:20pm—1:30pm: Diane L. Richard “WNC Families on the Move to Greener Pastures”
  • 1:45-3:00 PM – Selected WNC Families “Where Did They Come From, Where Did They Go?”
    • Nancy Manning “James Alexander Family”
    • Linda Brown “African-American families in Asheville (both previously enslaved by local families and migrated into the Asheville area) “
    • Julia and/or Steve Greene “Burnette Family”
  • 3:00—3:30 pm: Questions and conclusion

We are looking forward to an informative workshop that will definitely help us answer our questions, “Where did they come from, where did they go?”




Stella Taylor


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