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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

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Downed trees smash cars, knock out power in Forsyth County, flooding continues – myfox8.com


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Downed trees smash cars, knock out power in Forsyth County, flooding continues
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Downed trees smashed cars and knocked out power in various parts of Forsyth County after severe weather made its way through the area overnight. The 700 block of Knollwood Street at Westover Street is closed due to falling …




Local program to reduce infant mortality rate running out of money, may shut down – myfox8.com


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Local program to reduce infant mortality rate running out of money, may shut down
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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A program that aims to reduce the infant mortality rate, giving resources to at-risk low-income mothers, is at risk of shutting down due to funding. Nurse-Family Partnership began helping mothers in 2012 thanks to a grant from




Forsyth County below NC urban peers on health, according to national study – Winston-Salem Journal


Winston-Salem Journal
Forsyth County below NC urban peers on health, according to national study
Winston-Salem Journal
Forsyth County showed improvement with its overall quality of health, but continued to trail its urban peers in North Carolina, according to a national study released Wednesday. The annual study is done by the Population Health Institute of the

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Hundreds without power in Forsyth County Saturday morning – WXII The Triad


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Hundreds without power in Forsyth County Saturday morning
WXII The Triad
As of 8 a.m, reports show 12 different outage locations within the county. The first outage was reported shortly after 12 a.m.. Duke Energy says restoration times could take "up to three hours" to complete. However, WXII 12 News has learned that the




Flood Advisory – WFMY News 2

Flood Advisory
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N.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/ Forsyth NC-Davidson NC- 1234 PM EDT MON APR 24 2017 The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a * Flood Advisory for Rapid Rises for… Forsyth County in central North Carolina.

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Power restored after trees fall on power lines in Forsyth County – myfox8.com


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Power restored after trees fall on power lines in Forsyth County
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UPDATE: 5:17 a.m. : The Duke Energy outage map shows power has been restored in the area. Hundreds of Duke Energy customers are without power Thursday evening after high winds caused trees to fall and damage power lines, according to the Duke …
Storms topple trees, causing power outages in Forsyth and Stokes countiesWinston-Salem Journal

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