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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)

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NC legislative committee will meet to study breaking up large school systems; local officials will wait to see its … – Winston-Salem Journal

NC legislative committee will meet to study breaking up large school systems; local officials will wait to see its
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As state legislators get ready to meet this week on the possibility of allowing North Carolina school systems to divide into smaller systems, officials in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County say they're waiting to see what effects the change could have in

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2 killed, 1 seriously hurt in rash of wrecks in Forsyth County over the weekend – Winston-Salem Journal


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2 killed, 1 seriously hurt in rash of wrecks in Forsyth County over the weekend
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Woman who died in wreck on US-421 on Saturday in Winston-Salem identifiedmyfox8.com
13-year-old NC girl hit, killed while trying to cross I-40WNCN

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Filing for Forsyth County elected offices starts in a rush – Winston-Salem Journal


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Filing for Forsyth County elected offices starts in a rush
Winston-Salem Journal
They included Dan Barrett of Davie County, an incumbent Republican running for N.C. Senate District 31, which includes parts of Forsyth; Paul Lowe Jr., the incumbent Democrat in N.C. Senate District 32; Evelyn Terry, the incumbent Democrat in N.C

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Dismissal letter gives details in firing of Forsyth DSS director, who had been absent for weeks – Winston-Salem Journal


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Dismissal letter gives details in firing of Forsyth DSS director, who had been absent for weeks
Winston-Salem Journal
She said she worked for child welfare and social service programs in Michigan and coordinated services for the homeless in Nevada before spending two years prior to her Forsyth County DSS appointment leading the Florence County DSS in South Carolina
Documents: Fired DSS director's 'grossly inefficient job performance' cost Forsyth County hundreds of thousands of …myfox8.com

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Authorities looking for escaped inmate in Forsyth County – myfox8.com


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Authorities looking for escaped inmate in Forsyth County
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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Authorities are searching for an escaped inmate in Forsyth County, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Bobby Abraham, 28, was last seen at about 7:40 a.m. Monday heading to a work assignment in Winston
Escaped Forsyth County inmate back in custodyWinston-Salem Journal
Forsyth County Escaped Inmate FoundWFMY News 2
Escaped inmate in Forysth County found, faces chargesWXII The Triad

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