Genealogy and Local History
Ashe County Public Library boasts an unparalleled collection of local history and genealogy information about Ashe County, North Carolina. 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 an orientation to the collection is available during regular library hours. Anyone with an interest in Ashe County’s history will find the Heritage Room worth a visit!
This resource is accessible within the library building.
Explore original materials from 205 libraries, museums, and archives across North Carolina including more than 500 photographs, postcards, and scrapbooks from Ashe County Public Library's Photographic Collection.
Ashe County Public Library receives many requests for genealogy research by phone, e-mail, and mail. Typically, our staff is not able to fulfill these requests due to the time-consuming nature of the research. For general genealogy questions or questions about the Heritage Room collection, contact us. Neighboring libraries in Watauga County and Wilkes County also have genealogy collections that are open for research.
Genealogy 101 Appointments
If you would like to begin researching your roots but just don't know where to start, call or e-mail us directly via our contact form to make an appointment for a one-hour Genealogy 101 session with a reference librarian.