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.”
Forsyth County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 5715
Winston-Salem, NC 27113-5715
Forsyth County Courthouse
201 N. Chestnut 5th floor
Winston Salem, NC 27101
1850 Federal Census Index by last name only
1850 Federal Census Transcription Heads of household
Latest North Carolina Genealogy Query posts for Forsyth County from the Forum:
North Carolina Genealogy Forum: Forum: Forsyth County NC Genealogy Queries – Recent Topics
…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.
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.
Cities and towns of Forsyth County:
NC Baptist Hospital
Peace Haven Estates
Winston Salem (County Seat)
News related to Forsyth County, NC
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Turning a corner? Some Northwest NC counties show population gains, for a change
The Census Bureau estimated Forsyth County's 2016 population at 371,511 people. That's a 5.9 percent increase over 2010 that added some 20,841 people to the county's total. From 2015 to 2016 the county grew 0.9 percent, adding almost 3,500 people.
Controversial billboard in Forsyth County replaced with new message
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. â A billboard that raised eyebrows was replaced Saturday by one that has some people scratching their heads, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The new 39-word sign, just off Business 40 near the Linville Road exit, reads: …
Forsyth County man thankful to be alive after house fire
FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — At about 1:30 a.m. Monday, Bernard Dallas woke up to find his home on Turfwood Drive in Pfafftown on fire. "I heard my fiancÃ©e screaming and crying behind me," Dallas said. âI smelled smoke real bad.â With no time to call 911, …
Forsyth County experiences additional flu death
Forsyth County experienced its sixth flu-related death of the season during the week ending March 11, although state officials said flu-related deaths and illnesses generally were on the decline in North Carolina during that time. Forsyth County Health …
Community colleges push for funding to support workforce training, other programs
FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Community college presidents are preparing to head to Raleigh to ask lawmakers to support a $73.5 million budget request. The funding would support continuing education and workforce training programs as well as career …
Forsyth County EMTs Now Carry Carbon Monoxide Detectors
FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — In a Paramedic's bag you might expect to find rubber gloves, bandages, medical masks, anything that might help them in an emergency. Now, EMTs in Forsyth County are adding something new to their kits – carbon monoxide …
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