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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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Winston-Salem lawyer, former NAACP president, resigns as Forsyth County magistrate in light of federal tax fraud case – Winston-Salem Journal


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Winston-Salem lawyer, former NAACP president, resigns as Forsyth County magistrate in light of federal tax fraud case
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He ran unsuccessfully for a seat on Winston-Salem City Council in 2009 and as a Democratic candidate for N.C. House District 72 in 2012. Patterson served two terms as president of the local chapter of the NAACP. He decided not to seek a third term in 2015.




Northwest Almanac: County’s first solicitor was a founder of First … – Winston-Salem Journal


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Northwest Almanac: County's first solicitor was a founder of First …
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Editor's note: This story originally ran in the Winston-Salem Journal on April 1, 2001.)

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Forsyth County mansion with appraised value of $3 million still up for auction – myfox8.com


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Forsyth County mansion with appraised value of $3 million still up for auction
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CLEMMONS, N.C. — A 15,000-square-foot estate at 7980 Valley View in Clemmons is still up for auction, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The estate is the former home of Robert Lasater, an executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and his wife, …




Future murky for Helsabeck House Farm in Forsyth County – myfox8.com


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Future murky for Helsabeck House Farm in Forsyth County
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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Room by room, Frank Helsabeck began building his dream home deep in the woods of northern Forsyth County in the late 1970s. Years later when he was done installing the windows and light fixtures that he made, Helsabeck …




Forsyth County magistrate, former NAACP chapter president, pleads guilty in federal tax fraud case – Winston-Salem Journal


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Forsyth County magistrate, former NAACP chapter president, pleads guilty in federal tax fraud case
Winston-Salem Journal
Sandra Hairston, an acting U.S. attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, said in Patterson's plea agreement that Patterson will provide books, records and documents to the IRS, so that agency can determine his taxes, interest and penalties

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