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Yes, you read that right! The Forsyth County Genealogical Society meetings are resuming!!!


After canceling our monthly meetings for 16 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are resuming our in-person meetings beginning in August. However, instead of holding our meetings in the auditorium of the Reynolda Library, which will not be available for group meetings until September, and deciding not to hold any indoor meetings for a few months to assure the safety of all who attend, we will hold our first three meetings in August, September and October in an outdoor setting. For these meetings, the FCGS has reserved the Leinbach Park shelter, located at 3635 Sally Kirk Rd, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106 with a time adjustment to 2:00 pm. For any of you not familiar with Leinbach Park, it is located just off of Robinhood Rd., almost directly across from Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church. The directions to Leinbach Park parking lot are:

From Silas Creek Parkway: Exit onto Robinhood Rd and head northwest (toward Sherwood Plaza shopping center) for 1.2 miles, passing Sherwood Plaza on left and continuing to Norman Rd. (directly across from Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church main parking lot entrance). Turn left on Norman Rd, and immediately take a slight left onto Sally Kirk Rd. Leinbach parking lot and shelter is on the left.


Our first meeting will be held August 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm, at the Leinbach Park shelter. Our speaker will be FCGS member Nelson Weller, who will discuss WikiTree, a free, shared genealogy website, that allows users to research and contribute to their own personal family trees, as well as build and collaborate on a single worldwide family tree.


Our second meeting will be September 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm, at the Leinbach Park shelter. Our speaker will be        Richard Gray Mock, historian and antique collector of vintage small appliances, who will present the historical development of the modern-day iron through ever changing technology, textile development, and fashion.  From ancient Greece to the present, ironing is a daily task met with little enthusiasm.  Join us for this interesting presentation, and you may see an iron like the one your grandmother used or you may have your own iron story. If so, feel free to share.


Our third and last outdoor meeting will be held on October 5, 2021, at 2:00 pm, at the Leinbach Park shelter. Our speaker will be Dr. Andrew Gurstelle, Ph.D., Prof of Anthropology at Wake Forest University. Dr Gurstelle will discuss the Museum of Anthropology, the dates to re-open, and the exhibits that will be on display.


Information regarding programs will be forthcoming regarding this, and future, meetings. However, we hope you will appreciate our determination to resume our monthly meetings before then and join us at the outdoor meetings August through October. There are picnic tables/benches provided, but if you would feel more comfortable bringing a folding chair, feel free to do so. The shelter is very accessible with easy access to parking.


Rest assured that your board of directors have continued holding meetings during this break. We have met (generally) on our regular schedule, sometimes via email correspondence, occasionally via online video chats, and more recently in an outdoor setting where we could conduct society business. It is this collaboration which has led us to make the decision to extend the current fiscal year through the end of 2021. We have high expectations that by January 4, 2022, the first meeting of 2022, that everything will be back on track to resume a fully-functional schedule. Therefore, since we will not be starting a new fiscal year until January, as all memberships paid in September 2019 are being extended as active memberships through the remainder of this calendar year, we will not be collecting any renewal dues until that time. Therefore, we are proposing that the fiscal year of the Forsyth County Genealogical Society be permanently changed from September through August, as it has been since the society was formed, to (from now on) follow the calendar year of January through December. In compliance with our bylaws, this change will only be made after a vote of members, and that vote will be held with our members who are in attendance at our September 7, 2021 meeting. Feel free to express any opinion regarding this permanent change by replying to this email. All opinions will be carefully considered.


I hope you are as excited about the Forsyth County Genealogical Society being able to resume in-person meetings as we are. Masks will not be required, to wear one is your personal decision, but I do ask that anyone who has not been fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus will plan to stay masked and socially distanced. This is possible with the meetings held at the outdoor shelter. As it has been these last months, the well being of our attendees is of utmost importance. We would not be resuming meetings otherwise. I look forward to seeing you at our first meeting at Leinbach Park shelter at 2:00 pm, on August 3rd!



Terri Thrailkill, President of the Forsyth County Genealogical Society



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We enjoy the richness of each member’s family history and support one another in exploration. We have many helpful resources for members.

The Forsyth County Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization that was formally organized in 1982. Its mission is to promote the preservation of local history and to help genealogists in their pursuit of accurate ancestral information. We assist genealogists, both new and seasoned, through educational programs, workshops, projects and publications. We believe that only by encouraging the efforts of those who are interested in preserving the knowledge of historical events, and developing a deeper understanding of those who came before, can we discover how we became the people and communities we are today.

Regular meetings of the Society are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm in the auditorium of the Reynolda Manor Branch of the Forsyth County Public Library at 2839 Fairlawn Drive in Winston-Salem, NC. We provide programs of genealogical and historical interest. Visitors are always welcome!

The Society publishes a quarterly Journal that was the recipient of an Award for Excellence in Periodical Publishing from the North Carolina Genealogical Society. Material published includes transcriptions of primary source material, “how-to” articles, complied family histories, and much more relating to Forsyth and its parent and neighboring counties. The Society also publishes abstracted and transcribed records.

This website was provided by a generous gift from Paul Jerry Sumner, charter member of FCGS in 1982, and holder of many officer positions over the intervening years.