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Moravian Archives

MollyEFrey32 (View posts)
Posted: 7 May 2010 10:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Frey, Fieser, Binkley
I'm thinking about driving up to Winston-Salem on Monday. I am a decendant of the Frey's, Fieser, and Binkley's that lived in the Moravian community. On the Archive website it says the families histories and memoirs are available for researchers to look at but the death, marriage, birth, and burial records of the church can be researched by the staff for $15 an hour. Do they not allow patrons to look through these records on their own for free?

Also, are there other archives I can visit while I'm in that area? I also have ancestors from Surry, Rowan, and Stokes. Is there any place I can go to do research on them? I'll be looking for records from the mid to late 1700's and the early 1800's.

Thanks,
Molly

Re: Moravian Archives

ncengprf (View posts)
Posted: 10 May 2010 9:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
I haven't been to the Moravian Archives, but I do know that much of the pre-1850s material there is said to be in a German dialect not easily readable even if one has studied modern German, so that may be why they mention (or possibly limit access to) researchers.

The Forsyth County Public Library on 5th St. in Winston-Salem has a good collection of local history and genealogy material in the North Carolina Collection, and "local" for this county can include material from Rowan, Surry, or Stokes, since Forsyth wasn't formed until 1849. (See http://www.forsyth.cc/library/Central/nc_room.aspx.) The similar Stokes County research collection is in Danbury. It's nice, but I'm not sure how much material is there that isn't also in the North Carolina Collection.

I assume you've seen http://www.fmoran.com/frey.html and _Records of the Moravians in North Carolina_ (parts online at http://www.ncpublications.com/colonial/Bookshelf/Default.htm...)? I read vols. 1 and 2 of the latter, and I remember seeing Valentine Frey mentioned several times.

Re: Moravian Archives

MollyEFrey32 (View posts)
Posted: 10 May 2010 10:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the links. I know most of the Frey genealogy has been done and posted online. I wanted to visit Old Salem and some of the other landmarks of the Moravians.

I'm in Winston-Salem right now. I did visit the Public Library this afternoon to see what they had. They do have a nice collection of local newspapers and books. I think the records I'm looking for are further back than what they have. I'll probably go back sometime this week and look some more.
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