Research Guide

Forsyth County was formed from Stokes in 1849 and was the most populous section of the county.

North Carolina County Formation

Local Repositories

Stokes County Register of Deeds – 1014 Main Street, Danbury, NC          Phone : (336) 593-2811

All information is accessible and free, and copy machines are  available for a reasonable charge. Danbury is about 20 miles north of Winston-Salem  by NC highway 8, and about 20 miles south of Stuart VA by VA 8 (same highway).  Deeds available online (Click Here).

Danbury Public Library – 1007 N. Main Street, Danbury, NC        Phone: (336) 593-2419

The Gypsy Hollingsworth History Room houses census records, cemetary records, marriage records, County Heritage books (Book I and II for Stokes County), individual family histories, will and deed abstracts, Civil War and  Revolutionary War records. Microfilm consists of Danbury Reporter (misc. to 1945), marriage bonds, some census records and the iron works. A microfilm reader without a printer is available. Copy machine is available at the front desk. The Danbury library is on the main road on the west side of town. If you’re coming from Walnut Cove go through the old part of Danbury. It’s about a mile from the center of town, on the right just before you get to the new county courthouse.

Forsyth County Public Library – NC Room – 660 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC        Phone: (336) 703-3070

Information about the collection, including Stokes County, contained at the Central Library. The Stokes County  core collection (North Carolina county records 1740-1868) of county records on microfilm includes wills, deeds, marriage bonds, etc. is available. Copiers and microfilm readers and printers are available.

Moravian Archives

North Carolina State Archives

Local Societies

Local societies can be very helpful to supply information about how to research in the area or where to go for information. Some may supply
volunteers to lookup information, or information about others willing to research for a fee. They may have publications for sale that have been compiled and researched by their members.

Genealogical Society of Stokes and Rockingham Counties

Stokes County Historical Society

Forsyth County Genealogical Society

Daughters of the American Revolution, James Hunter Chapter

Historic Places

Old Salem



General Research

NCGenWeb Consolidated List of Resources – Contains links to the special projects of NCGenWeb, USGenWeb, as well as other – A repository of scanned documents, digitized movie and audio

African-American Special Projects – Project of NCGenWeb. Many helpful links to resources.

Digital Southern Historical Collection – Finding aids with links to the digital collection of the Southern Historical Collection at UNC’s Wilson Library. Much emphasis on African-American content.

Getting Started

Getting Started in Research (NC State Library)

Getting Started (RootsWeb)

Cyndi’s List – North Carolina

Sharpen Your Research Skills

Genealogical Proof Standard (BCG)