Transylvania County Websites

Sanborn Maps — Brevard, Transylvania County, 1911 large-scale color maps of commercial and industrial districts used to assist fire insurance companies in setting rates and terms.
Soil Survey of Transylvania County, 1906 –  U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Soils. Relief shown by contours and spot heights. Map shows soil types coded by color, roads, houses, and the Hendersonville and Lake Toxaway Railroad.
Transylvania County GenWeb – access to genealogical and historical materials covering the people and places of Transylvania County.
Transylvania County GIS – Interactive Geographic Information System provides information on properties within the county.
Transylvania County Historical Society -formed in 1987 to save the Allison-Deaver House, the oldest standing frame house in Western North Carolina, from destruction. The Historical Society currently maintains the Allison-Deaver House and the McGaha Chapel.
Transylvania County Register of Deeds – legal documents in the Register Deed’s Office include Deeds & Deeds of Trust and Births, Deaths & Marriages of Transylvania County.
Transylvania County Genealogy Society -researches, cultivates and preserves the family lineages and history of Transylvania County, NC.
Transylvania Heritage Museum – explores, promotes, preserves, and nurtures the historical heritage of Transylvania County and its families through exhibits, educational programs, collections of artifacts, and heritage/cultural activities.

North Carolina Websites

Library Special Collections

Appalachian State University Special Collection
Buncombe County Public Library—North Carolina Collection
Henderson County Public Library—Baker Barber Collection
State Library of NC Digital Repository

UNC—North Carolina Collection

Documenting the American South Collection – sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill, DocSouth is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently DocSouth includes fourteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.
Colonial & State Records of North Carolina – part of the DocSouth Collection, includes documents and materials from throughout the country and from several European repositories covering the earliest days of North Carolina’s settlement by Europeans through the ratification of the United States Constitution.

UNC-A Special Collection
Western Carolina University- Special Collection

Other NC Websites

NC Genealogy Society – founded in 1975, dedicated to preserving and promoting genealogical studies in North Carolina.
NCGenWeb – part of the USGenWeb project, provides free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county in NC.
NC Office of Archives & History – collecting, preserving, and managing archival materials, state and local records, and public information.  A Western Office is located in Asheville.
Sanborn Maps – digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, provides access to large-scale maps of North Carolina towns and cities.

Genealogy Websites


Castle Garden – offers access to a database of information on 11 million immigrants from  into New York, from1820 through 1892.
Cyndi’s List – categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the internet with over 282,000 links for family history.
Ellis Island – free search to find your immigrant ancestors arriving through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor from 1892-1954.
Family Search – free family history, family tree and genealogy records and resources from around the world provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Find A Grave – a resource for finding the final resting place of family, friends, and ‘famous’ individuals with millions of names and photos.
National Archives – the nation’s record keeper of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the US Federal government, preserved and available to you, whether you are looking for clues about your family’s history or are researching an historical topic.
USGenWeb – provides free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
Vital Records– how to obtain vital records (such as birth certificates, death recors, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, naturalization, adoption and land records) from each state, territory and county of the United States.

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