The Forsyth County Genealogical Society will meet on the first Tuesday of each month, in the auditorium of the Reynolda Manor Branch of the Forsyth County Public Librarylocated at 2839 Fairlawn Drive, Winston-Salem, NC. The social time begins at 1:45 pm, announcements will begin at 2:00 pm, and the meeting will run approximately one to one-and-a-half hour.

All meetings are free and open to the public. Guests are welcome! Our programs are planned to be both educational and entertaining.

Special opportunity!  

Special Opportunity for fans of Kyle Stimson, historian of the 18th century in Lewisville

His one and only book is now out of print, and 5 of the last copies are available here for $45.00 each

The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road in Forsyth county, NC, 1750—1770   Published 1999

^postage on this book would be at least $15.00—it is 12 X 9 X 1 inch and weights 2 ½ lbs

I suggest that it be bought at a FCGS meeting ( first Tuesday of every month) and hand carried home.


FORSYTH COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY     Programs Dec 2023  thru  May 2024

December is a members’ only Christmas party

January 2, 2024  Terri Thrailkill  on interviewing the Newest Generation.  Terri is an amateur genealogist, and has been the FCGS President for the past 9 years, and is a proficient grandmother.  She will discuss questions we can present to the youngest members of our family, whether they are children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, or any young person; to pique their interest in the family that came before them.  Educators on school break are particularly welcome.

February 6, 2024   Bill Ewalt on the History of the 8 Regiments (8,000 people) of North Carolinians who joined the army during the Civil War to fight under the flag of NC for the UNION.  2 were from the eastern coast, 2 from the NC/Tenn borderlands, and 4 comprised of emancipated slaves which were formed after 1863.

March 3, 2024   Ryan Sydnor :   Intro to the new manager of the Salem Cemetery.  How the cemetery and the records held there work.  Treasure hunting among the graves.

April 2, 2024   Jenny Boneno, head librarian at the Reynolda Branch library; on resources for genealogical research available at the Reynolda branch.

May 7, 2024   Tom Brown of Clemmons; on the Discovery of Old Southern Apples.  Tom has researched 1,200 rare Heritage Apple varieties, and also grows seeding Heritage apple trees, so they won’t become extinct.

The FCGS follows the inclement weather policy of the WS/FC Public School System, should classes be cancelled or dismissed early due to bad weather, the FCGS meeting scheduled for that same evening will be cancelled, as well.

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 2:00 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.