The Starter Kit
The Genealogy Starter Kit is a publication of the North Carolina Room to help beginners with their family history research.
The booklet includes information about how start your research, online and print resources, as well as a family tree to keep track of your research. Print your kit from the computer or request a free kit at the North Carolina Room desk.
The North Carolina Room has a collection of county heritage books by historical and genealogical organizations, selected state and county census records from 1787-1880, history and biographies, collective family and surname histories, and other records and research books. Please search our online catalog for your county, surname, or topic.
Magazines and Newspapers
We receive a number of genealogy periodicals in the North Carolina Room, particularly those related to North Carolina, including the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal and the Forsyth County Genealogical Society Journal. We also receive national periodicals such as Family Tree magazine.
The North Carolina Room houses the census records for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia from 1790-1930. The printed statewide indexes for these states, 1790-1870 are available from a N.C. Room librarian. The Federal Census Soundex Rolls are also available for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia 1880-1930. The core collection (North Carolina county records 1740-1868) of county records on microfilm includes wills, deeds, marriage bonds, etc., for Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Rowan, Davidson, Davie, Cabarrus and Yadkin counties. Some records go back to 1880, or later, depending on the county. In addition, we have Forsyth County birth, death and marriage records from 1850-2000. Local obituaries can be found in our newspaper microfilm collection. The North Carolina Room has microfilm readers and printers. Copies made from the film are 15 cents each.
Maps and Directories
For researchers interested in land or property history, we have Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Winston-Salem, early county and city maps, city directories from 1889-current, city phone directories from 1929-current, and cemetery inventory publications. Some of our early directories are digitized as part of the Internet Archive and some of our early maps are digitized as part of the North Carolina Maps project.
A small vertical file of family research has been created, alphabetical by surname. In addition, we have a few large research files (Hayes, Foster, and Cranford research) and pedigree books created by the Forsyth County Genealogical Society.