This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources for genealogy, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

The Shore Family Papers contain a Shore Family history written by Marvin H. Shore in May 1924, and photocopies of correspondence between Mr. and Mrs. Charlie E. Shore dated 1926-1927, undated.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection includes bills, order lists, and receipts for a store run by the Skaggs Family in Greenbrier County, West Virginia in the 1800s, circa 1874. Also contains the personal effects papers of P.H. Skaggs.

1.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

The Staley Estate Papers are a collection of receipts, correspondence and ephemera generated by several generations of the descendants of Frank Staley, who worked as a dry goods merchant and a depot agent in Wythe and Smyth Counties, Virginia.

2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

The Stanbery/Stanberry-Younce Families Ancestral Charts and Papers consist of ancestral charts of families' genealogies from Watauga County, North Carolina, prepared circa 2002 by Anita Stanberry St. Lawrence and other family members.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

The Thomas Lenoir Papers contains photocopies of correspondence, a diary, and other papers relating to Thomas I. Lenoir. Lenoir served in the Company F of the 25th Regiment of the Confederate Army from 1861 to 1862 as Company Captain.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection Genealogy Files is a collection of various unrelated family genealogies donated to the library. Many families originate from, but are not limited to, northwestern North Carolina. The files are housed alphabetically by family surname.

12 linear feet (19 boxes, 3 CD boxes, 1 Cold Storage envelope, 1 oversize folder)

The William Allan Papers consists of genealogical information for over 250 northwestern North Carolina families on microfilm reels. The materials focus on Watauga County in 1942 to 1953 and include Bible records, vital records, interviews, published family histories and newspaper clippings, birth dates, marriage dates, death dates, and health problems, and attempt to illustrate the prevalence of endogamy and genetic diseases.

1.5 linear feet (3 shoeboxes)