Genealogical Research in the Appalachian Collection

Watauga County familyThe W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection is considered by many to be western North Carolina's most comprehensive genealogical resource. Although its focus is on the Appalachian region, the Library also collects genealogical resources from areas relevant to the migration patterns of Appalachian residents, such as non-Appalachian Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Staff members are knowledgeable about genealogical techniques and northwestern North Carolina families. Student employees, who work exclusively week nights and weekends, are also trained in basic genealogical principles. Staff cannot conduct research for out-of-town researchers; however, a list of individuals willing to conduct research for a charge. Photocopies cost ten cents. Microfilm printers can print on paper or save to a CDR or flash drive. Most genealogical materials do not circulate.

Sometimes beginning genealogists are overwhelmed by names and dates and do not know where to begin. Below are links to a list of questions composed by a genealogist to help guide researchers and a brief bibliography of genealogy manuals.

A list of questions to consider when examining public records.

Searching the Online Catalog:

For the best results from the Online Catalog, use the Advanced Search. Type the county and state in the open fields at the top. Choose "ASU App Coll" for location. You may further restrict your selections by material type (book, video, microfilm) and date; however, that is often unnecessary.

Applachian Collection Resources Relevant to Genealogical Research:

A List of Resources for Genealogical Research: This webpage lists commonly used resources for genealogical research.

Genealogy Manuals: A link to the Western North Carolina Library Network's holdings of genealogical handbooks and manuals.

Manuscript Collections: Many manuscript collections originate from genealogists and center on genealogical information. Patrons may research the manuscript collections in the the Doughtery Reading Room. Appointments for access are required. To make an appointment, please contact spcoll@appstate.edu.

On-Campus Genealogical Databases: The University Library subscribes to databases that researchers may use to access census records, birth and death certificates, draft cards, social security registration forms, and other primary resources.