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 University
https://libraries.etsu.edu/archivesofappalachia/subjectguides/appalachiancollections
Archival materials include family, business & organizational papers, photographs & audiovisual materials, including a searchable online database

Fairfield District, South Carolina deeds and bonds.  
Photocopies of the original records.  These are not available at  familysearch.org
 
Haywood County Library Genealogy & Local History Collection
Contains searchable newspapers printed in Haywood County from the 1880s to 2013.  Also a history collection which contains photos, documents and music on the history of Haywood County.
 
North Carolina County Formation – USGenWeb Archives
See several maps illustrating the formation of NC counties over time created by David L. Corbet.
 
North Carolina Room – Pack Library, Asheville, NC
This research department has changed its name to “Buncombe County Special Collections” and is working on a new website. We will update this posting as soon as we know their new site is ready. In the meantime, go to https://specialcollections.buncombecounty.org/
 
South Carolina Department of Archives & History
scdah.sc.gov
Includes an online catalog that allows searching and browsing of information about the holdings of the South Carolina State Archives.
 
UNC Asheville Ramsey Library
https://library.unca.edu/
This library has many collections that includes resources documenting the diverse culture of Asheville & UNC including manuscripts, books, oral histories, photographs & other materials.
 
WCU Hunter Library Collection
Contains online collections of Civil War letters, Cherokee Traditions, copies of the Cherokee Phoenix, oral histories, WNC Maps, & Picturing Appalachia (a photograph collection)  among other items.
 
Western North Carolina Historical Association
This association is housed in the Smith-McDowell House Museum. They are starting to add items from their archives to their website so take a look to see what they have available. You can visit their museum for a tour of the house by setting up a reservation here.

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