Friday, April 9, 2010

Follow Friday: Starring Asheville and Buncombe County

This week's recommendation in my sporadic Follow Friday series is almost too good to be true: Asheville and Buncombe County. When I first saw the website, I did a double take: "The purpose of this website is to explore, analyze and preserve the history of Asheville and Buncombe County, North Carolina."

Why was I so excited? Because that's where my Jones ancestors are from! At first, I was skeptical that the blog would be maintained since so many are started only to be abandoned. However, it is regularly updated with really good information. They provide links to books, highlight local history and news, and so much more. It's like a trip to a research library.

But wait, there's more! The blog also offers a search box and several helpful links on the side. It's clear, this blog was designed by a researcher.

Asheville and Buncombe County has so much information that I need to just take some time and read it from beginning to end. If you know of anyone doing genealogical research in North Carolina, do pass this resource along. Their links alone are worth the price of admission.

Thank you to the forces behind this blog. I know how much work it is to maintain a blog and keep it fresh, so your efforts are greatly appreciated by the genealogy community (and one Jones ancestor).


  1. Amy, thanks for passing this info along. My stepfather's (and hence my youngest brother's) line stems from this area, withe the names of Carland and Jones. The Vanderbilt estate encompasses the old Jones burying ground --- so I am always interested in this area. Thanks again.

  2. Glad it is helpful, Joan. My 5th great-grandparents are Ebed Jones and Mary Wells of that area.

  3. Not my area of research, I'm clear on the other side of the state, but my best friend is from that area, Haywood County to be exact. Of course since she's a journalist she may already know about this but I'll forward it to her anyway. Thanks for the info

  4. Amy, my parents live in that area, wonderful history. I nominated you for the Ancestor Approved award but I learned that you may have already been nominated - two is better than one! If you have not been nominated please see my post at

  5. Ooh, I'm here to nominate you for the Ancestor Approved award, too! Please accept a second nomination, and thank you for your blog!