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
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
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
South Carolina Department of Archives & History
Includes an online catalog that allows searching and browsing of information about the holdings of the South Carolina State Archives.
UNC Asheville Ramsey Library
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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