Forsyth County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Forsyth County, North Carolina ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Winston-Salem
Organized: January 16, 1849
Parent County(s): Stokes[1]
Neighboring Counties
Davidson  • Davie  • Guilford  • Rockingham  • Stokes  • Surry  • Yadkin
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Forsyth County is located in the central portion of North Carolina and was named for Colonel Benjamin Forsyth, a state legislator who fought and died in the War of 1812.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Forsyth County Courthouse
102 W 3rd Street
PO Box 20639
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: 316-727-2903
Forsyth County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and death records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1849.[3]

Forsyth County, North Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1849 1913 1848 1849 1849 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1849 Forsyth County was created 16 January 1849 from Stokes County.
  • County seat: Winston-Salem[5]

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Historic communities

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Forsyth County, North Carolina online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information


Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 11,168
1860 12,692 13.6%
1870 13,050 2.8%
1880 18,070 38.5%
1890 28,434 57.4%
1900 35,261 24.0%
1910 47,311 34.2%
1920 77,269 63.3%
1930 111,681 44.5%
1940 126,475 13.2%
1950 146,135 15.5%
1960 189,428 29.6%
1970 214,348 13.2%
1980 243,683 13.7%
1990 265,878 9.1%
2000 306,067 15.1%
2010 350,670 14.6%
Source: "".

Church Records[edit | edit source]


  • Fraternity Church of the Brethren, near Clemmons, N.C. Established about 1775.[7] Previously located in Surry and Stokes counties.


  • Nazareth Church aka Old Dutch Meeting House Organized about 1778 by German settlers.[8] Formerly located in Surry and Stokes counties.


  • Friedberg Church Begun 1759; organized 1773.[9] Formerly located in Surry and Stokes counties.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Forsyth County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Forsyth County:

- 2nd Battalion, North Carolina Infantry
- 2nd Battalion, North Carolina Infantry, Company G
- 4th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company B
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain Eli E Holland's Company
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain George F Fisher's Company
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company B

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • 1799-1893 Forsyth County marriages. May be included throughout Carrie Broughton's 6-volume index of the Raleigh Register & State Gazette newspaper (1799-1893). Marriages are listed by year and PDF files are searchable. Available on the North Carolina Digital Collections website.
  • Forsyth County newspapers. Listing of newspapers published in the county & libraries that hold them. (Library of Congress)
  • Forsyth County residents in the newspaper. Name listing of people from the county as located in misc. newspaper articles; time span varies. Articles indexed in the NC People in the Papers database.
  • Forsyth County deaths. County area deaths reported in various newspapers; dates range from late 1700s to 1900s.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

County Records

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]


Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Forsyth County Public Library - (NC Room)

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Forsyth County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 5715
    Winston-Salem, NC 27113
  • Forsyth County Historical Society

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • NCGenWeb: Forsyth County - part of the USGenWeb Project
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Forsyth County, North Carolina. Page 506-514 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 505-509.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Forsyth County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_North_Carolina, accessed 14 February 2020.
  7. "Fraternity Church of the Brethren," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  8. "Nazareth Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  9. "Friedberg Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.