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Research Trip to Asheville

Research Trip to Asheville

Posted: 1 Mar 2010 9:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Woodard, Woodward, Lytle, Reid, Dickson
I am planning a trip to Asheville and Charlotte to research my Woodard (also Woodward), Lytle, Reid, and Dickson ancestors from 1800 to 1920 and would like some suggestions on where to research. They lived in Swannanoa, Asheville, and Black Mountain in Buncombe Co., NC and Paw Creek and Charlotte in Mecklenburg Co., NC. These families are African American and European. I found some of my ancestors' names in the Old Mecklenburg County deed books and I have some actual addresses, so I'm thinking that land records and city directories may be a good place to start. Thanks for any ideas on good research locations!

Re: Research Trip to Asheville

Posted: 2 Mar 2010 4:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
check with the Old Buncombe Genealogical Society

Of the names you mentioned, I have photographed the graves of many in the Lytle Family:
White at Sharon Methodist in Fairview
African-Amer at Oak Grove in Black Mountain

Jim Archer, Asheville

Asheville and Buncombe County Website

Posted: 2 Mar 2010 8:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
You will find helpful resources and links at Asheville and Buncombe County:

Note that the Pack Memorial Library is closed.

Good luck.

Re: Research Trip to Asheville

Posted: 3 Mar 2010 1:58AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dixon/Dixson/Dickerson/Dickson/Dickinson
I am an off-spring of (African American) Anderson and Louisa Dixon from Black Mountain, Buncombe county. Their surname name changes spelling from census to census. They had 22 children. My grandfather was their son, Malcom Dixon, who left NC when he was sixteen and eventually made his way to Kentucky. I have been able to trace some of their sons, but only one daughter.
Hope we are related. If you think we are, please email me directly:

Re: Research Trip to Asheville

Posted: 3 Mar 2010 2:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for all the great suggestions!

I just found this site for online deeds that may be of interest to others researching the area:

It can also be accessed through this all states Public Records site:

Re: Research Trip to Asheville

Posted: 3 Mar 2010 3:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dickson, Dixon, Reed, Reid
Remixqueen1 - There might be a connection, and hopefully I will know more after my trip. My line connects with Isaac Dickson of Asheville who married Delia Reid or Reed. They lived in Charlotte from the late 1860's to 1919. Delia is my 1st cousin four times removed. Thanks for posting!

Re: Research Trip to Asheville

Posted: 3 Mar 2010 5:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society has a very large collection of just about everything.
128 Bingham Rd ste 700 Asheville NC.
I was there last year and found the staff knowledgeable and very helpful and friendly. If you contact them before going they are even able to point out some likely sources.
For a reasonable fee they will do some research for you also.

Re: Research Trip to Asheville

Posted: 3 Mar 2010 3:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
I found tons of information at the Buncombe County Courthouse, Register of Deeds. The death certificates are all on tape and they have three viewers.

Re: Research Trip to Asheville

Posted: 4 Mar 2010 8:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Have a safe, productive trip.


Re: Research Trip to Asheville

Posted: 13 Mar 2012 6:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have written an article published in the Mountain Express about Isaac Dickson.

Here is the link:

Here is my home email if you would like to get more Dickson ancestry info:

Tom Burnett
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