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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

Governor signs into law three bills sponsored by Forsyth legislators – Winston-Salem Journal


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Governor signs into law three bills sponsored by Forsyth legislators
Winston-Salem Journal
The bill was inspired by a Forsyth County couple, Neil and Penny Auchmuty, and their advocacy for their dyslexic son, Payne, who was identified as dyslexic around the age of 7 or 8, after teachers wrote home to say he was having trouble with reading.




Man killed in wreck on US 421 in Forsyth County after recliner falls off trailer onto highway – myfox8.com


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Man killed in wreck on US 421 in Forsyth County after recliner falls off trailer onto highway
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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A man was killed in a three-car wreck on northbound U.S. 421 Wednesday morning after a recliner fell off a trailer and onto the highway, according to Highway Patrol. The wreck happened at about 10:30 a.m. at mile marker 246, …

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Questions over inmate deaths at Forsyth County Jail take center stage – Winston-Salem Journal


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Questions over inmate deaths at Forsyth County Jail take center stage
Winston-Salem Journal
And Correct Care Solutions and the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office face pending lawsuits in Forsyth Superior Court over two other deaths — Dino Vann Nixon and Jennifer Eileen McCormack Schuler. Scott Shane Aaron died on Dec. 29, 2015, and his death …

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Man killed in wreck on US 421 in Forsyth County after recliner falls off trailer identified – myfox8.com


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Man killed in wreck on US 421 in Forsyth County after recliner falls off trailer identified
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Troopers say a black truck was towing a trailer with a recliner on it when the recliner fell off the trailer and onto the highway. The driver of a red truck saw the chair in the road and stopped. A van rear-ended the red truck, skidded off the road and

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Free library boxes in Forsyth County provides kids with opportunity to read during summer – myfox8.com


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Free library boxes in Forsyth County provides kids with opportunity to read during summer
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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — It took a lot of lifting, carrying, nailing and drilling — and of course, planning — but the Little Free Library Boxes near Easton Elementary School in Forsyth County are now open for business. With 10 total boxes in the

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Forsyth County man recounts heroin addiction on video months before his fatal overdose – myfox8.com


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Forsyth County man recounts heroin addiction on video months before his fatal overdose
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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – A 24-year-old man is among the latest young adults to lose their lives due to drug addiction in the Piedmont. But, he is still telling his story, through a video captured months before his fatal overdose. Will Scott was 23 years


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