About Us

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“Old” Buncombe County

The original Buncombe County included those areas presently known as Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Madison, Transylvania and Counties, and the western part of Yancey, McDowell and Polk Counties. Macon, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, & Swain were still Cherokee Indian Lands until 1819 and 1835. For our purposes, however, we consider them a part of Old Buncombe …

Awards

The Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society (OBCGS) proudly offers several annual awards for authors, members and community leaders. We want to recognize excellence in publishing and a commitment to genealogical research standards that equal those at the national level. These awards are presented at the Annual Membership Meeting in November each year. The recipients receive …

History and Purpose

OLD BUNCOMBE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (OBCGS) The society was founded in 1980 as a non-profit cultural organization incorporated under Section 501(c)(3). Our purpose is to provide genealogical education through publications, workshops, a library and research support. There are many ways to take advantage of our resources: Research at the OBCGS Library – plan to visit …

In Memoriam

On this page we remember our volunteers, members, friends and supporters as they start their next journey… Mary “Mamie” Atkinson, March 2019 Jean Boone Benfield Obituary, Dec 2019 Gussie Pless Case Obituary, Dec. 2011 Teri Cogburn Obituary, Jan 2015 Ken Cozier Obituary, Jan 2018 Marian C. Dyson Obituary, June 2015 James Ray “J. Ray” Elingburg …

Officers

           2019 Administrative Board  President Steve Greene 1st Vice President Bob Penland 2nd Vice President Edith Garrett Treasurer Cindy Jordan Membership Secretary Rich Nallenweg Recording Secretary Linda Brown Corresponding Secretary & Bookstore Manager Larry York Projects Manager Ann Broadbent Computer Services Edith Garrett First Families Sandy Jordan Genealogist/Historian Nancy Manning Journal …

Programs, Workshops and Webinars

We are proud of our educational program and created this space to store handouts, agendas and other informational documents related to these events. The files are in pdf format and stored below by date and title until we come up with a better system. Webinar Follow-up June 2020 2020 Webinar Survey Results      

Membership

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS Membership in OBCGS offers an excellent opportunity to learn more about Western North Carolina genealogy and local history. In addition to the savings you receive as a member, you can work as an office or on-line volunteer. Our library is manned entirely through the efforts of volunteers. Contact the Society to learn how …

First Families of Old Buncombe

First Families of Old Buncombe(FFOB) Information & Application  The First Families of Old Buncombe Committee in conjunction with the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society is continually accepting applications for membership!  The purpose of this organization is (1) to honor our pioneer ancestors who were the founding families of the Western North Carolina area covered by Old …

Thank You!

Your donation will help us continue our mission for education in Western North Carolina genealogy and local history. We are a non profit organization and rely on our book sales, membership dollars and donations to continue our work. Thank you!

Volunteer

  We Need More Volunteers! OBCGS has many volunteer opportunities in the library itself and work that can be done remotely (from home). You can work as much or as little as you want – an hour a month or 20 hours a week! All the work done here is conducted by volunteers – it …