For a list of all past programs, download an Excel Spreadsheet.

            Schedule of Upcoming Programs for

         Dec 2017 through Dec 2018



 Please be aware that a change in the hours of operation for the Reynolda Manor Branch Library has made it necessary to change the time for our monthly meetings. From now on, unless otherwise noted, the social time will begin at 6:00 p.m., announcements will begin at 6:15, and the program will run from 6:30 until (no later than) 7:30, leaving time to straighten the room and prepare for the library’s closing at 8:00 p.m.

Our monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month in the auditorium of the Reynolda Manor Branch of the Forsyth County Public Library, located at 2839 Fairlawn Drive, Winston-Salem, NC.

All meetings are free and open to the public. Guests are welcome! Our programs are planned to be both informative and educational. Upcoming speakers scheduled for our monthly meetings are:

December 5, 2017 Laura Ingram SemilianChristmas Party with pot-luck dinner.

We are honored that soprano Laura Ingram Semilian has agreed to perform for us. Laura performs haunting renditions of music from the “Gold Rush, Civil War,  Appalachia and Western Frontier, with Old World Echoes from the British Isles to Basque Country.” Special start time of 5:45 p.m., for putting out dishes, and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m.

January 2, 2018 “Williams Line in Lewisville and the Old Nick Whiskey Distillery”

Donna and Van Williams will discuss the Williams family in Lewisville, a direct line which has endured for the past 250 years, and the Old Nick whiskey distillery they owned and ran.

February 6, 2018 “Forgotten Communities” Chris Jordan, Director of Public Programs

At Reynolda House Museum of American Art, will discuss forgotten communities of Winston-Salem, including Silver Hill and Belews St, and Nissen Park.

March 6, 2018  “Web page roll out”   Cathy Boyer and Jim Schwartz (web creator)

See the newly created website (made possible by FCGS member Jerry Sumner) and get a tour of what  It   can  do.

Also Member Jerry Loafman describes a new DNA book

April 3, 2018  “What’s New at the Moravian Archives”

New Archivist Eric Elliott will update us on the changes recently made there.

May 1, 2018  “Maynard Airfield”  

Jennifer Bean Bower will tell us the history of the airfield off Kernersville Rd that was opened in 1919.

June 5, 2018  FCGS member Rev. Nelson Weller, Phd. on “Things You Don’t Do”

He will show us real life places to research that get overlooked in this internet and index focused world.

July 3, 2018   “What’s new at Family Search”

FCGS member Cindy Green will update us on newly added features that can used on mobile device or computer to take our research with us wherever we go.  You are invited to bring laptops and smart phones and participate.  The library has public WiFi we can use.

August 7, 2018   “Finding George: A Newbie’s Discovery of Genealogy”

Some lessons learned about software, websites, tools, databases and the need to set personal standards, boundaries and goals on the path toward a family history.  Presented by FCGS member Tom McLain

Sept 4, 2018   “Bethania: Wachovia’s First Planned Community” 

presented by Michele Williams, PhD, Visitor Center Manager.  Hear about the families that shaped this 259 year old town, now on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.

Oct 2, 2018   “Ghost Stories and Reported Hauntings” Local publisher Barry McGee

has many years of experience in the publishing field and was instrumental in the publishing of the 1990 book, Triad Hauntings, written by Burt Calloway and Jennifer Fitzsimmons. Barry has collected stories of reported hauntings in Winston-Salem and the surrounding area and, as a Halloween month treat, will share those tales with us.

Nov 6, 2018   Kay Harper Windsor   “Reflective writing using prompts to start a personal essay.” 

Timelines and photos can be the starting point for sharing a family legacy with grandchildren.


Program topics are subject to change due to speaker availability or weather.

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.