Buncombe County was created 1792 from Burke & Rutherford
Nearly all useful genealogical county records up to about
1910 are in the North Carolina State Archives, 109 East Jones
Street, Raleigh, NC. 27611. Counties where birth and deaths
occurred kept a duplicate copy of the information sent to the
state. After 1741, prior to marriage, one had the choice of
publishing banns or buying a license which required posting of
a bond. Surviving marriage bonds, are in the North Carolina
State Archives. They contain the names of the bride and groom,
bondsman and witness. The parish registers containing records
of birth, death, marriages prior to 1820 have not survived.
The existing early land grants are at the Land Office,
Secretary of State, Administration Building, Raleigh, NC
27603. They are also on microfilm in the State Archives.All of the early land deeds are on microfilm at the Register of Deeds office.
Another land records source is the land entry book, which also
is housed at the Register of Deeds Office.
The Buncombe County Register of Deeds
has birth records and death from 1913, and marriage records
from 1891. The actual marriage licenses are incomplete,
but most original records are in the Register of Deeds Office.
In addition, there are Marriage Registers, which give the name
of the groom and the name of the bride, sometimes the ages of
both and the place of residence as well as the date of
marriage and the place of the marriage. If no actual
license exists, the office will copy the page from the
Register. Prior to 1868, marriage bonds were used, and
there are very very few surviving marriage bonds for Buncombe
County. The few that do still exist are in the
State Archives. The death records from 1913 to 1929 are
also at the Archives and Records Section, State Records
Center, 215 North Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27602. All of the
records fees would need to be verified. Birth, death,
and available marriage records may be obtain from the Register
of Deeds Office at the address below.
The address for Buncombe County Court House: 35 Woodfin
Street, Suite 226, Asheville, NC 28801;
The address for Park Memorial Public Library: 67 Haywood
Street; Asheville, NC. 28801-3519
The above link will take you to
the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society web site, where you will find
e-mail links to others researching Buncombe County surnames. You may add your
surnames to the list there also. Be sure to use the "back" button on
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