North Carolina Room staff is heading out to the Library branches in 2015. Join us for genealogy programs designed to help you with your genealogy research. We have a variety of programs planned including African American Genealogy and Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors. All programs are free and Genealogy Starter Kits will be provided.

All programs will begin with an overview of the basics of research and how to organize your materials. The different programs will help you learn what kinds of documents, other than birth, death, and marriage records, you can use to prove ancestry and where to look for those documents.

Introduction to Genealogy
Learn the basics of genealogy research and organization of your materials in the program. Methods for searching the Library genealogy databases including Ancestry and Heritage Quest will be covered.

Intermediate Genealogy
Do you have the genealogy basics down? This class will teach you how to take your research a step or two further by introducing you to other types of records used beyond the census and vital records searches.

Introduction to African American Genealogy
Researching African American ancestors can be difficult in the time period before the Civil War. This program will teach you the basics of how to conduct and organize your research with a special focus on how to find alternate documentation to census and vital records to prove ancestry.

Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors
Do you have a Civil War soldier or officer in your family tree? This program will teach you basic genealogy skills with particular attention to identifying and researching Civil War military records.

Click on the flyer for program schedule. Hope to see you there!

Genealogy Programs 2015

Call 336-703-3070 for more information.


Join us for a public lecture presented by historians Mike Marshall and Jerry Taylor. Sponsored by theWalkertown Area Historical Society. Tuesday, January 20, 6:30 pm at the Walkertown Branch library.

While early American taverns are generally remembered for the spirited drinks they served, they played a vital role in the social life of the surrounding community. They offerred a place for local citizens to meet and catch up on the latest news, gossip, and politics. Some also provided post services and acted as stage stops where travelers could eat, rest, and tend to tired horses.

Kernersville natives Mike Marshall and Jerry Taylor will give an illustrated presentation that will focus on taverns which served the central Piedmont in the 18th and early 19th centuries, with emphasis on Dobson’s Tavern in Kernersville visited by President George Washington in 1791.

Both men have an avid interest in genealogy and history. Their research has been featured in several newspaper and magazine articles. They have authored three local history books, Wicked Kernersville: Rogues, Robbers, Ruffians, and Rumrunners, Remembering Kernersville, and Kernersville: True Tales of Murder, Mayhem and Mystery.

Tuesday, January 20th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Walkertown Branch Library

Call 336-703-2990 for more info.


Forsyth County Genealogical Society meets January 6, 2015.

Social at 6:30PM, program at 7:00.  Forsyth County Public Library-Reynolda Manor Branch, 2839 Fairlawn Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

Free and open to the public.

[If W-S/Fors. Co. schools are closed owing to weather, the Society will not meet.]


The program title is: Techniques for Mapping Ancestral Landscapes by Scott Wesson

Mr. Wesson resides in northern Davidson County, NC and is an avid genealogist of nearly twenty years. He is employed with an engineering & land planning firm in High Point and specializes in land studies. Scott will be demonstrating techniques used for platting early grants & deeds while sharing insights into the complexities & revelations associated with studying ancestral properties. The use of varying scales will be discussed, along with strategies for overcoming the challenges posed by early land descriptions. The program focuses on creating finished drawings by hand – not using computer programs.

Items needed (not necessarily at the program)

~ Pencil & fine point pen

~ Protractor

~ Engineer’s/Architect’s Scale

~ Graph Paper

~ Deed to work from

~ Magnifying Glass

Our State

From the State Library’s Blog, an early Christmas present:

Our State Magazine Goes Digital in December

State Library Partners with Publication to Offer Free Online Access to Public 

 ourstatedigitalSince 1933, Our Statemagazine has celebrated the people and places of North Carolina, and issues published from 1933 to 2011 are now available online in theNorth Carolina Digital Collections. With funding from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, the State Library of North Carolina, in collaboration with Our State magazine, N.C. Digital Heritage Center,East Carolina University’s Joyner Library and Caswell County Public Library, make free access to the publication available a at http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/home/ourstate.

Source: State Library of NC

Online Genealogy - Clemmons (1)North Carolina Room staff will be teaching an introductory class in online genealogy at the Clemmons Branch on Monday, December 8th at 6:30 pm.

If you’re interested in learning the basics of beginning genealogy research come join us!

Get the story here.

Get directions for the Clemmons Branch here.

Check out the Winston-Salem Journal’s front page coverage of the North Carolina Room’s relocation to the Government Center. Here’s the link: NC Room  Be sure to take the poll!

Front Page Dec 1 2014

Forsyth County Genealogical Society Meeting

December 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Forsyth County Library-Reynolda Manor Branch

2839 Fairlawn Dr.,


The December 2nd membership meeting will be a pot-luck dinner. Katherine Foster and Chris Jordan from the New Winston Museum will be our guests to give us a brief introduction to their Memory Mapping project. In addition, Linda Dark will be attending to introduce 1) The Society for the Study of Afro-American History in Winston-Salem, and 2) the record and artifact collecting program she is involved with at the New Winston Museum.

We will ask our attendees to entertain us with stories of an interesting ancestor, or a tale of how their research took an unexpected turn. Dressing in period appropriate clothing is encouraged, but not required. So pull your great grandmother’s favorite hat out of the corner of the attic, or your great uncle’s early motorcycle goggles out of the keepsake chest, or even a creative facsimile thereof, get your story ready, plan that favorite dish to bring, and join us for an wonderful evening of eating, socializing, and good old-fashioned story telling.

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