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Connect to the Past & Become Rooted
As part of the West Jefferson Centennial celebration, Ashe County Public Library presents Rooted, a series of genealogy and local history programs.
Series List (*programs subject to change)
- Slave Records with Sandra Lassen
February 28, 11 am
- Microfilm Resources at the Library
March 21, 11 am
- Genealogy 101 with Lucinda Glover
April 25, 11 am
- History of West Jefferson with Gene Hafer
May 9, 11 am*
- Music of Ashe County with Josh Beckworth
June 6, 11 am
- Genealogy of the Christmas Tree Families, Travis Birdsell
July 25, 1 pm
- Genealogy Research Help
August 22, all day
- Stories of West Jefferson, Panel Discussion
- Sam Shumate
October 17, 11 am
- Cherokee Genealogy Resources
- Heritage Room Open House
Our Heritage Room has an unparalleled collection of local history and genealogy information about Ashe County, North Carolina.
- Histories of hundreds of local families.
Find out if we have a history of your family by searching our catalog by subject for ''Smith family'' or ''Jones family.''
- Local and regional history books
- The Absher, Lassen, and Reeves special collections of unpublished family history files
- Cemetery and Census records for Ashe County and some surrounding counties
- Access to Ancestry.com Library Edition within the library building
- Access to HeritageQuest
Click here for digital images of more than 500 photographs, postcards, and scrapbooks from the Ashe County Public Library's collection, online at DigitalNC.
Information about Genealogy Research:
The library receives many requests for genealogy research by phone, e-mail, and postal mail. Our staff is not able to fulfill these requests due to the time-consuming nature of the research; however, we are fortunate to have as volunteers experienced local genealogists who will research family names in our Heritage Room. There is a fee for this service, with all proceeds benefiting the library; the researchers generously donate their time and expertise.
The initial search fee (covering 2 hours of research, detailed reply letter, and up to 10 pages of copies of materials) is $20.00 per family name. Copies in excess of those included in the search fee will be .30 cents per page.
If you are interested in this service, please print out the Order Form for Genealogy Research or send a letter stating the name you wish to learn about along with any details which will help our researcher identify the correct family line, such as dates of birth, death or marriage, spouse or children’s names or locations across time. Please specify if there are particular facts or details you are especially trying to uncover. Send your form or letter along with a check made out to the Ashe County Public Library, 148 Library Drive, West Jefferson, NC 28694.
We ask that you please be patient once you’ve submitted your request. Our researchers are volunteers who wish to do a careful, thorough job for you.
Out-of-town visitors and local residents alike are welcome to visit the Heritage Room to conduct their own research. Use of the collection is free, and a Heritage Room orientation is available during regular library hours.
Anyone with an interest in Ashe County’s history will find the Heritage Room worth a visit!
For general genealogy questions or questions about the Heritage Room collection,click here to e-mail us.