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Genealogical Research

The Register of Deeds Office offers accommodations for anyone wishing to do genealogical research. While the Register of Deeds staff is unable to do in depth genealogical research for you, the following organizations may be of assistance to you:

Buncombe County Pack Library
67 Haywood St
Asheville, NC  28801
(828) 250-4740

The North Carolina Collection at Pack Library is a fully cataloged collection of published materials reflecting history, literature and life in Western North Carolina. Within the collection there is a particular emphasis on material relating to Asheville and Buncombe County.
This collection includes photographs, historical documents, genealogies, postcards, maps, oral histories, and microfiche of local newspapers, in addition to a wide variety of books relating to the history of WNC.

Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society
128 Bingham Rd, Ste 950
Asheville, NC  28806
(828) 253-1894

The OBCGS site contains numerous files with information about Old Buncombe County families.  Also included on this site is information about historical sites, battles, wars, and general research.

Historical Delayed Birth Certificates

Prior to 1913 the State of North Carolina did not record vital records (Birth/Death). Residents who did not have a birth certificate recorded were required to apply for a delayed birth certificate. Those birth records can be found in our office and more information can now be found on our Historical Delayed Birth Certificates page.

Slave Deeds

On our Slave Deeds page, we have compiled a list of the documents that record the trade of people as slaves in Buncombe County. These people were considered “property” prior to end of the Civil War; therefore these transfers were recorded in the Register of Deeds office. Please go to the Slave Deeds page for more information.

Request Record By Mail

To purchase copies of records by mail, please send payment and the completed Genealogy Request Form to:

Register of Deeds
205 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Please enclose a check made payable to the "Register of Deeds" for $.25 per each copy requested. A stamped, self-addressed envelope can help ensure faster return.


NC Department of Archives & History
109 East Jones St
Raleigh, NC 27601-2807
(919) 733-3952

State Library of North Carolina
109 East Jones St
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 807-7450