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Forsyth County Genealogy

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The county was formed in 1849 from Stokes County. It was named for Colonel Benjamin Forsyth, who was killed in the War of 1812 during the battle of Odelltown, Canada. The county seat is Winston-Salem. Portions of Forsyth County are in the Yadkin Valley Wine Region (Yadkin County AVA).

Forsyth County was originally settled in 1753 by Moravians. Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg had acquired a 100,000 acre tract from Lord Granville. The settlement was called Wachovia. This name came from the Austrian estate of Austrian estate of Count Nicholas Lewis von Zinzendorf. He had been an early defender of the Moravians. Settlements were established at Bethabara and Bethania and then Salem (1766) which was the principal settlement in Wachovia.

When the county was formed, the town of Winston was named as the county seat just 1 mile north of the Salem.

One of the great attractions of modern day Forsyth County is Old Salem Museums and Gardens. From their website: “Old Salem Museums & Gardens is America’s most comprehensive history attraction. Our four museums – the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), the Old Salem Children’s Museum, and the Old Salem Toy Museum – engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South.”

Also from their website: “Old Salem Museums & Gardens is a unique community of original museum buildings, authentic craftsmen practicing their trade, fascinating collections of rare antiques, and one-of-a-kind retail shopping opportunities.
The stories and activities experienced by visitors in the museums convey a much larger aspect of early America than just the Moravians who settled in Salem, NC. The experiences are a reflection on evolving economy and diversity of lifestyles that made up the early South. Early Southerners struggled with common principles such as freedom, faith, tradition, government, segregation, and war – many of the same issues that remain relevant in today’s world.”

Source Wikipedia

Forsyth County NCGenweb site

Rootsweb Forsyth Co., NC Resource page



Forsyth County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 5715
Winston-Salem, NC 27113-5715

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Forsyth County Courthouse
201 N. Chestnut 5th floor
Winston Salem, NC 27101

Census

1850 Federal Census Index by last name only

1850 Federal Census Transcription Heads of household

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Forsyth County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Forsyth County Cemetery Census

Query Forums

Forsyth County, NC Query Forum

Latest North Carolina Genealogy Query posts for Forsyth County from the Forum:

North Carolina Genealogy Forum: Forum: Forsyth County NC Genealogy Queries – Recent Topics

focusoninfinity on “Seek Unmarked Grave of Pvt. James Landreth Malcolm, CSA…”

…musician, died Nov. 8, 1895, age 79, likely buried near marked Old Salem grave of son-in-law, Sgt. James Anderson Woollen, CSA musician, died June 9, 1905. Seek grave of Pvt. Malcolm’s wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Page Malcolm, died 3-31-1892, age 69.

Sgt. Woollen and wife, Mrs. Susan Caroline Malcolm Woollen, are both in the 1890′s book, “Lee Family of Virginia” by Edmund Jennings Lee. Seek Sgt. Woollen’s and Pvt. Malcolm’s Forsyth Confederate Veterans Camp records.




Beamisskitty@wmconnect.com on “Ancestors”

I am looking for anything on James Asa Adams married Jennie Cook, (Edward)Chesley Adams married Louisa Ledbetter, and Rosa Stout. James Acey Adams and Cora Holt.


Forsyth County, NC at Genforum

Cities and towns of Forsyth County:

Ardmore
Belews Creek
Bethania
Clemmons
Dosier
Eller
Gumtree
Guthrie
Hanes
Kernersville
Lewisville
Matthewstown
Mount Tabor
Muddy Creek
NC Baptist Hospital
North
Oldtown
Peace Haven Estates
Pfafftown
Rural Hall
Sedges Garden
Seward
Stanleyville
Talleys Crossing
Tobaccoville
Union Cross
Vienna
Walkertown
Waughtown
West Bend
Winston Salem (County Seat)

News related to Forsyth County, NC

“forsyth county” nc – Google News

Snakebite victims trickling into local hospitals, but Forsyth escapes uptick seen elsewhere in NC – Winston-Salem Journal


Winston-Salem Journal
Snakebite victims trickling into local hospitals, but Forsyth escapes uptick seen elsewhere in NC
Winston-Salem Journal
A copperhead is a venomous snake native to the central Piedmont. Of the six species of venomous snakes that call North Carolina home, the copperhead is the only one found in Forsyth County. This one is housed at the CCSB Reptile Rescue and Rehab …

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Tornado warning now issued for Forsyth County – Winston-Salem Journal


Greensboro News & Record
Tornado warning now issued for Forsyth County
Winston-Salem Journal
At 4:07 p.m., a severe thunderstorm, capable of producing a tornado, was seen about 8 miles northwest of Mocksville. A funnel cloud with that storm was reported in Iredell. ______. A dangerous storm capable of producing a tornado was in the area of
4 NC counties cleaning up after stormsGreensboro News & Record

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Forsyth County participates in historic NC eClosing – Winston-Salem Chronicle


Winston-Salem Chronicle
Forsyth County participates in historic NC eClosing
Winston-Salem Chronicle
Marshall was at North State Bank in Hickory, where attorneys with the Hunoval Law Firm sent documents electrically for a property in Forsyth County on behalf of their client. The firm's owner, Matt Hunoval, said this makes the process cheaper, quicker

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NC Attorney General meets with roundtable in Forsyth County regarding opioid epidemic – myfox8.com


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NC Attorney General meets with roundtable in Forsyth County regarding opioid epidemic
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says Winston-Salem has had the greatest growth rate of overdose deaths of all the cities in North Carolina. On Wednesday, that's where he met for a roundtable with law enforcement, …
Treatment and more needed in fight against opioid epidemicWinston-Salem Journal

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Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office investigating death of inmate – myfox8.com


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Forsyth County Sheriff's Office investigating death of inmate
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of an inmate at the Forsyth County Detention Center, according to Chief Deputy Brad Stanley. On Tuesday at 1:47 a.m., an inmate experienced a medical episode and …
Inmate dies at Forsyth County jail; family considers legal actionWinston-Salem Journal
Man dies while incarcerated in Forsyth Co. jailWXII The Triad

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2 men face charges in connection to Amber Alert of Forsyth County teen – myfox8.com


myfox8.com
2 men face charges in connection to Amber Alert of Forsyth County teen
myfox8.com
FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – Two men have been arrested in the Amber Alert of a 15-year-old Forsyth County girl who was found safe on Friday. Joffee Lee Cutler, 20 of Cameron, N.C. and Deshawn Dante Townes, 24, of Sanford, N.C. face charges in …
UPDATE: Amber Alert Canceled For Forsyth County TeenWFMY News 2
Amber Alert for missing Forsyth County teen cancelledWTVD-TV
Update: Two men charged in disappearance of missing teenWITN
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