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Special Viewing of Find Your Roots Tomorrow

On January 14th, UNC-TV will be holding a special event to promote Season 7 of Finding Your Roots. Ten (10) participating attendees will be eligible to win a one-year subscription to the North Carolina Genealogical Society and reference guide. (Click link below for rules and more information.) The virtual event begins at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading Special Viewing of Find Your Roots Tomorrow


Geocaching for Winston-Salem’s Downtown

Recently, we received an email from a scout in Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America), Sarina Horner. She belongs to Troop 729, an all female troop of the Scouts BSA. She had decided to make a fun geocaching experience for those wanting to learn more about downtown Winston-Salem, its history, and the Scouts BSA.… Continue reading Geocaching for Winston-Salem’s Downtown


Virtual Genealogy Appointments Available

Happy Fall to everyone! 🍂🍁🎃 We hope your fall season is off to a great start. As you adjust to the cold weather and new schedules, don't forget we offer virtual genealogy appointments here at the North Carolina Collection! We offer one-on-one help on any genealogical topic basic to difficult. Use this link to set up a… Continue reading Virtual Genealogy Appointments Available

Local History, Winston-Salem

A half century of Ask SAM…where is it going?

Once upon a time, there was this guy named Roy Thompson, who worked for Piedmont Publishing Company, the publisher of the Winston-Salem Journal and the Twin City Sentinel. When he was in reporter mode, Roy was one of the best reporters the local newspapers ever had. But it was his columnist mode that made him… Continue reading A half century of Ask SAM…where is it going?


Vikings were not exactly who we thought they were…

Say the word “Viking” and most people see an image of blonde, blue-eyed Scandinavian warriors. But a recent exhaustive study of DNA extracted from over 400 Viking burial site says that that image should show much more diversity in its content. Since many of those who derive from western European ancestry have bits of Viking… Continue reading Vikings were not exactly who we thought they were…