This post offers some useful links that could enhance your research into Western North Carolina genealogy and local history:
Alexander Street North American Womens Letters and Diaries.
https://alexanderstreet.com/products/north-american-womens-letters-and-diaries The collection includes approximately 150,000 pages of letters and diaries from Colonial times to 1950, including 7,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts—all in electronic format for the first time. Women’s experiences of everyday life from all age groups and life stages, a wide range of ethnicities, many geographical regions, the famous, and the not so famous are represented. More than 1,500 biographies enhance the use of the database. Useful for anyone researching and writing about women’s experiences during different historic periods.
A. B. Pruitt website. http://www.abpruitt.com/home.htm Pruitt is the author of many books focused on North Carolina Land Grants. His website features his books and others, but his site also includes the history of land grants in North Carolina (1777-1796) and Tennessee (1778-1802) which could be valuable background information for any genealogist.
American Battlefields Trust – the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War.
More than 200 battles and skirmishes occurred in South Carolina during the war. Working with a panel of historians and archaeologists to select the most significant of these actions, they have developed plans to form The Liberty Trail, an innovative driving route designed to connect these battlefields and tell the captivating and inspiring stories of this transformative chapter of American 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.
Buncombe Co., NC Register of Deeds Website.
https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/register-of-deeds/default.aspx On this site you will find an online database of recorded deeds dating back to the late 1700s as well as information about obtaining marriage licenses, birth certificates, death certificates and military discharges.
NCpedia. https://www.ncpedia.org/ It is the online encyclopedia of North Carolina, and it is supported and staffed by librarians at the Government & Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina. This page provides support and information for helping you get the most from the resource and for getting search help if you need it. Librarians at the Government & Heritage Library and NCpedia have made a number of help features available for visitors. These include live CHAT, email, and viewer posted comments to NCpedia articles.