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Piedmont Trails

By Carol
Genealogy and History walk hand in hand as these episodes travel back in time. Piedmont Trails shares the details and the adventures from the past while informing the listeners of new researching techniques that are available online and in the field. Our ancestors left an amazing trail to follow. Piedmont Trails demonstrates the importance of preserving their footsteps and shares the skills needed to locate their trails of long ago. Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
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Researching Genealogy During Historic Times

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British Bounty Land Grants 1670-1740
This episode travels back in time to the Pequot War and the year of 1636. Discussion about the first four major wars in the colonies and the bounty land grants associated with them. All of this and more on the show. Don't forget to stop by Piedmont Trails and catch up on the latest news, events, and articles. Enjoy Your Journey to the Past !!
August 21, 2022
The Children Without Indenture Papers
The show brings to light a portion of our history that involves colonial indentured servants. During the research process involved with the Colonial Indentured Servants Project, Piedmont Trails has discovered many children under the age of 12 who were sold after arriving to the colonies. These children sailed alone without family members and became the property of others while they worked until the age of 21 or older. Many did not survive. The show begins the process of sharing their life story by sharing the ships involved, the ship owners and many more details. Stay tuned for updates from the research by visiting Piedmont Trails.  
August 01, 2022
Stokes County, North Carolina Area: 18th-Century Roads
The show shares 15 early settlements located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina before 1750. Also, 10 main roads traveling through present-day Stokes are mentioned by name dating before 1770. The routes of these early roads are shared informing you of their destination and how some of them link to one another.  If you have questions about this presentation, please leave us a voice mail on the podcast or get in touch with us at Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
July 07, 2022
The Old West Forts
The show continues from our last Live Stream event dated May 29th, 2022 as we explore the Oregon Trail. We share various sources from that show and today we offer exclusive resources for you to use as you trace your family in the western frontier. The show shares the most popular forts along the Oregon Trail. You will also hear thirty-five names found inscribed on Independence Rock as we discuss how important the dates are in relevance to their journey to the Oregon Territory. To view the live stream associated with today's show, please visit Western Migrations 1846-1856. We encourage you to subscribe to Piedmont Trails on our website and stay up-to-date with the latest articles, news, events, and so much more. Thank you so much for your support & Enjoy Your Journey Today To The Past !! 
June 02, 2022
The Confiscation Act of North Carolina
During the American Revolutionary War, the North Carolina Legislature passed several confiscation laws dating from 1776 thru 1783. These laws were designed to punish the Loyalist who were actively aiding Great Britain during the war. Today's show highlights this time period by discussing the events that led up to the laws enactment and the aftermath. Many details are available with a list containing first and last names of confiscated lands noted by W. Williams, Secretary of NC during April of 1788.  I encourage everyone to visit Piedmont Trails and subscribe to the site. As a subscriber, you will receive first notice of all new updates and events. Sources for Today's show: The Loyalist in North Carolina During the Revolution by Robert Demond Southern Historical Press Greenville, SC 1940 Committees of Safety by William Powell University of Chapel Hill, NC 2006 Loyalists and Redcoats by Paul Smith University of North Carolina Press 1964 The State Records of North Carolina 16 Volumes by Walter Clark & William Saunders Nash Brothers, Goldsboro, NC 1886 Court and Estate Records from Rowan, Anson, Orange, Surry, Wilkes, Cumberland and Bertie counties
May 05, 2022
Records & Surnames of Colonial Halifax County, Virginia 1752-1776
The show mentions nearly 75 surnames of families who were living within the Halifax County boundaries during the first 24 years. Majority of these families were farmers growing tobacco and oats. Along with the surnames, various family histories are shared including the Calloway family who were friends with Daniel Boone. One of the best resources for this timeframe is a book published in 1861 by William Meade. It's title is "Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia" You can locate this entire book online at Piedmont Trails will have more on these early families in upcoming shows. So, stay tuned for this and more.  We thank you all so much for your support and we encourage you to join the journey with us. You can do this by subscribing to Piedmont Trails and help us to preserve the past for the future.
March 11, 2022
Old Roads and Taverns in Western North Carolina
The show shares over 20 early roads in the western mountains of North Carolina. Many records of this region dating before the American Revolution are difficult to locate, and the show discusses this by sharing techniques and reasons why the documents don't exist for many early families. Be sure to visit Piedmont Trails and stay up to date with the latest events and articles.  Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
January 24, 2022
West To Kentucky
Many colonial families migrated west to Kentucky during the 18th-century. Today's show will capture the early roads and many family surnames in this area. Valuable resources for further study are also shared as we explore the Kentucky frontier from 1760 to 1795. Visit Piedmont Trails for all upcoming shows, news and events. Happy New Year as we welcome 2022 and Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
December 26, 2021
The Colonial Roads of Western Maryland
This show will travel back in time to the 1730s decade by documenting the early roads of western Maryland. The show focuses on three main roads that were available to travelers and their families. Other smaller routes are also mentioned with historical data. The show goes into detail by mentioning several early surnames who received land patents before 1740. Present day Washington County, Maryland holds a vast amount of history spanning over 290 years. If you have more questions about these roads or the surnames, please visit Piedmont Trails and click the contact tab to submit your request. You can also leave a voice message with this podcast. Join the journey with us as we travel back to the years before the great migration.  Map sources are mentioned for further research and also consider visiting the Maryland State Archives for more information about this time period.  Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
November 07, 2021
Family Research Before The 1790 Census
Are you having difficulty determining your ancestors before 1790? Are you seeking new information to enhance your research? Take a listen to today's show as it discusses family research before the 1790 federal census. If you have questions or suggestions, leave a voice message or contact Piedmont Trails. Enjoy Your Journey To The Past Today !!
September 30, 2021
The Land Company of the Moravians
The show discusses in detail the history of the Moravian lands in North Carolina dating 1752. The Moravians leased portions of their lands through the Brotherly Agreement devised from the church leaders. The Wachovia Tract consisted of 98,985 acres located in the piedmont region of North Carolina. Learn more about the rules and regulations placed on the people and the land.  You can now join Piedmont Trails LIVE on our new YouTube channel. Be sure to join our next Live Stream scheduled for September 26th @ 7:30 pm eastern time.  Genealogy & History are all around us. Visit Piedmont Trails today. Dare To Discover The Past & Enjoy Your Journey Today !!
September 02, 2021
Colonial Roads of North Carolina: The Piedmont Region
This show goes into detail about the early roads through the piedmont region of North Carolina. All of the roads mentioned in this show pre-date the American Revolutionary War by twenty years or more. Many of these roads crossed one another or joined together as they traveled through the valleys and streams. To learn more about Piedmont Trails and our current projects, visit the website and join as a free subscriber.  Visit Piedmont Trails Today !! Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
July 29, 2021
North Carolina Native Americans 1709-1752
Through the years, a personal study of Emmanuel Bowen's map dating 1752 has provided clues and hints about the history of North Carolina Native Americans. This episode will release some of these details, such as village names, towns, and forts located throughout North Carolina. The vast amount of this history cannot fit into the time slot of one podcast, but today's show will dig deep into the records from 1709 to 1752. Visit the Piedmont Trails website to view new articles, materials, and documents relating to this topic. Enjoy Your Journey To The Past
June 17, 2021
Family Secrets & Their Stories
This show will collaborate on the essentials of researching and proving family stories. We have all heard family secrets filled with drama and tidbits that need documents to confirm the facts. This show will discuss four basic pointers to keep in mind while searching for the authenticity of these stories.   Share your progress with Piedmont Trails by visiting the website and clicking the Contact tab. If you have questions or comments about today's show, you can comment on the podcast or leave a voice message. Enjoy Your Journey to the Past !!
May 13, 2021
The Structure of The Family Tree
How many of you have questioned yourself about adding certain kinds of material to your family tree? Everyone has done this. Listen in on today's show as Carol stresses the importance of character and how that relates to our family trees. All family trees are as unique as the people within them. The roots uphold the value of each and every branch.  Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
April 22, 2021
The Moravian Lands of North Carolina
The Moravians of North Carolina began their history hundreds of years ago. They became organized during the year of 1727 in Herrnhut, Germany. Follow their path to North Carolina during the year 1752 and learn more about the original lands known today as the Wachovia Tract. Specific names for you to further research are Count Zinzendorf, Bishop August Spangenberg, James Hutton, Arthur Dobbs, Lord Granville and William Churton. References for additional sources are Records of the Moravians, Volume I by Adelaide Fries and Documenting The American South Colonial and State Records of North Carolina.  Be sure to visit Piedmont Trails for more information about the Moravians.
March 11, 2021
The Early Days of Mulberry Fields, Wilkes County, NC
How many families were living in present day Wilkes County during the years of 1750-1751? Listen to the show and find out the latest research by Piedmont Trails. The map photo is by Price & Strother published in 1808 and can be found online at the Library of Congress.  Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
February 22, 2021
The Shift of Change-North Carolina Migration to Western Lands 1765-1775
Many early families who participated with the Great Migration settled primarily in North Carolina. An overwhelming number of these families began migrating west during the years of 1765-1775. This show will examine the various reasons why many of these first families left the area. Sources to use for your resource are listed below. Thank You so much for joining a new season of shows with Piedmont Trails.  Our Ancestors Left An Amazing Trail to Follow: Enjoy Your Journey To The Past.  History of Pioneer History Governor William Tryon & His Administration in the Province of North Carolina 1765-1771 Some Neglected History of North Carolina Hillsborough Colonial & Revolution Westward, The Romance of the American Frontier Kentucky Map of 1771
January 21, 2021
The Early Surnames Along The Rocky River of North Carolina
Welcome to Episode#18!! The Rocky River is presently located in the southern piedmont region of North Carolina. The show will highlight research tips, history and early surnames of the area. Numerous sources are shared along with interesting facts of acquiring land and settlement during the years of 1740 to 1760. If you wish to learn more, visit Piedmont Trails or leave a voice message here at the end of the show. Our Ancestors Left An Amazing Trail to Follow ! Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
December 03, 2020
Battle of Sullivan's Island 1776
The Battle of Sullivan's Island is one of the most important battles of the American Revolutionary War. June 28, 1776 was filled with anticipation as the patriots fought to hang on to one of the largest ports in the colonies. Charlestown was under siege and Colonel William Moultrie was determined to make his stand on the newly constructed fort. Learn more details leading up to the battle and research further with resources named at the end of the show. Be sure to visit Piedmont Trails and click Subscribe on the website. This is the best way to stay up-to-date with the latest news, events and upcoming articles with Piedmont Trails. Our Ancestors Left An Amazing Journey To Follow Enjoy Your Journey To The Past 
October 22, 2020
Early Roads of South Carolina 1720-1770
This show will name fourteen of the main roads that were available beginning in 1720. Much of the early South Carolina settlements were concentrated on the coastal areas and over time the inland and western sections began to receive families along these routes. South Carolina is known for changing the road names often as history has recorded. The show will give you details of routes for many of these old roads and share insight on the importance of trade throughout the early years of South Carolina. Have questions about the show? Leave a voice message or contact Piedmont Trails. Our Ancestors Left An Amazing Trail To Follow !! Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
September 10, 2020
Strategy For Finding Lost Ancestors & The Secrets Along The Way
Are you struggling to fill that empty branch on your family tree? Does it seem that your relatives have just disappeared into thin air? Everyone has experienced and dealt with empty branches. Today's show will share tips and techniques on determining the trail of your lost ancestor and discovering the hidden secrets along the way.  Have questions about today's show? Simply leave a voice message or contact Piedmont Trails. Our Ancestors Left An Amazing Trail To Follow !! Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
September 10, 2020
The Problems & Struggles With Census Records
Understanding how census records were gathered, stored and copied will guide you to the right documentation for your ancestor. The original varies greatly from the numerous copies of these records made all through the years. Knowing how to obtain the original may lead you to additional notes and other materials in regards to your family. The census records are a treasure for family historians but not all records are preserved from the original census. Listen to the show today and learn more.  Visit Piedmont Trails for all of the latest news and updates. Join by subscribing, it's all free !! Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
August 13, 2020
History & Early Families of Abbotts Creek, NC 1750-1770
This show highlights the history and early family genealogy of Abbotts Creek, NC. This area is located in present day Davidson county and the waterway extends from the northeastern section of the county into the southwestern area near the Rowan county boundary. Nearly 50 surnames are mentioned with details and a brief history of early settlements such as Browntown and the surrounding area. Sources and references are included in the show and they are  Carolina Cradle by Robert W Ramsey The Dutch Settlement on Abbotts Creek by Rev. James Everette Neese High Point Enterprise Newspaper with articles in reference to the area dating from 1929 to 1992 Also, be sure to visit Piedmont Trails for more details on the area such as the "The Historical Treasure of Abbotts Creek" article and the history of "Browntown" with a rare map of the town itself. Our ancestors left an amazing trail to follow.  Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
July 23, 2020
Tradesmen And Craftsmen In Colonial Rowan County, North Carolina
Learn more about the surnames of various occupations during the colonial years of Rowan County, NC. The show will go into detail about tavern and merchant store operations, for instance, what items were available to the early families, How the items arrived from various ports such as Charleston, SC and Philadelphia, PA. How local residents played a significant role in establishing the early taverns and stores and how the impacts of these businesses factored into early settlements. If you would like more information about the surnames mentioned in the show, contact Piedmont Trails or leave a voice message on the podcast.  Sources: Alexander Lawrence Ledger 1749-1790 located at Duke University, Durham, NC Carolina Cradle by Robert W Ramsey  Southern Moravian Archives Bethabara Diacony Ledger and Inventory of Wachovia 1766 Personal Papers & Documents of Piedmont Trails
June 11, 2020
Genealogy Research For Eastern Tennessee
This show will share over 50 genealogy resources with you concentrating on the eastern sections of Tennessee. Establishing a specific timeline is vital when you are researching the colonial years in this area. Portions of records can be found in North Carolina while others are located in Tennessee. These records cover the time period of 1760 to the Civil War years. Several surnames are mentioned in the show and Piedmont Trails has on hand additional resources as well. The map photo is courtesy of the Library of Congress published in 1795 by John Reid. if you have any questions or comments, please share them by leaving a voice message or contact the website. As always, I wish you great success with your family research. Stay Safe and Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
May 07, 2020
Rowan County, North Carolina-The Early Years
This show goes into detail about the early settlers during the years of 1746 through 1753 in colonial Rowan County. Be sure to listen to the podcast for little known sources and references to use while you research your family history. It's a good idea to have pen and paper ready to write down these sources shared on this episode.  Details about the early settlements such as Bryan Settlement, Irish Settlement, formerly known as Cathey's Settlement and the Davidson's Creek Settlement. Learn more about the early roads and the landscape of the area prior to the arrival of settlers. Discussion of genealogy in reference to these early surnames while sharing origins and details of their lives.  Be sure to visit Piedmont Trails and stay up to date with the latest news and events. Enjoy Your Journey !!
April 16, 2020
Researching Genealogy During Historic Times
We are all living with difficult days and it affects our daily routines as well as our current research. This episode gives ten steps that can possibly guide you forward while maintaining a positive attitude. Now is a great time to update your files, go through your notes and create new friends as you get through this segment of our current lives. Share your experiences and let's all Enjoy Our Journey To The Past. Feel free to contact Piedmont Trails by visiting the website or leaving a voice message with this podcast.  Our Ancestors Left An Amazing Trail To Follow !! Enjoy Your Journey !!
April 02, 2020
The Real Ground Work of Genealogy & History
This episode reveals the steps taken with family research during the years of 1988 thru the late 1990's. Due to the overwhelming requests received from the viewers of Piedmont Trails, this podcast goes into depth of genealogy researching during this time period and how to use these same steps with today's technology. If you have missing names among your family branches, try using this process and conduct your research on a more local level. Regardless of the miles between you and the specific area, discoveries can be made and the rewards can be fascinating.  If you have questions, comments or suggestions, leave a voice mail with this podcast for Piedmont Trails.  A new YouTube channel was launched with Piedmont Trails containing videos of early settlements, migration trails, surname genealogy and so much more. Visit us on the new channel. Also, subscribe free to the website and stay up to date with the latest articles, research links and events with Piedmont Trails. As always, Thank You for joining the podcast and I wish you great success with your journey to the past. Our Ancestors Left An Amazing Trail To Follow !! Enjoy Your Journey !!
March 05, 2020
Getting Back To The Roots of Genealogy Research
How many brickwalls do you have in your family tree? This episode will distinguish exactly what you have and the steps needed to completely dismantle your brickwall for good. This podcast concentrates on the time period between 1850 and back to the colonial period before the American Revolutionary War. Learn the key elements, ask the important questions and communicate with the right facilities in the right locations. Grab a pen and paper and let's get started on a new chapter filled with details about your family history that you never knew existed. Learn the right techniques to produce the best results and be honest with yourself about your research. As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact carol @ Piedmont Trails. Be sure to subscribe to the website to stay up=to-date with all of the latest additions and research techniques. Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
February 17, 2020
Humble Beginnings, The World of Genealogy
What is the key factor with genealogy research? Find out by listening to my humble genealogy beginnings and the techniques of years past. Learn how these same techniques can attribute to your present day research. To join the Live Chat Events mentioned in the podcast, simply click on the link. Visit the website of Piedmont Trails and subscribe for free to stay up to date with the latest additions. Please share you comments, suggestions and requests with me by voice message. Thank You all so much for joining me today and I wish you well with family research. Our ancestors left an amazing trail to follow.  Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
February 06, 2020
Understanding 17th Century Religion and Finding Church Records For Genealogy
Religion played a vital role with our 18th century ancestors. Church records from this time period can reveal many details of our ancestors lives. Regardless of the denomination,  documents resurface daily from churches who were active during this colonial period.  Piedmont Trails welcomes you to learn more about colonial religion by using techniques that may broaden your genealogy skills. Discussion about religion history from late 17th century to years before the American Revolutionary War. Topics are Puritans, Quakers, Catholics, Jews, Baptists, Lutherans and Anglicans. The 3 most important rules to discovering church records and how to reference these sources among your family history.  1-Identify the name of your ancestor 2-Identify the location 3-Determining the churches within the immediate area during your ancestor's timeline Various books have been written on the subject dating back to the early 19th century and up to present day. If you are not researching church records, you may be missing a huge opportunity to learn more about your ancestors. Below are various links and notes to assist you on your journey.  PODCAST NOTES 4th Parish Records of Massachusetts Bay Colony 1743-1839 Church Life in Colonial Maryland Church of England in Colonial North Carolina Church of England in Colonial South Carolina Church of England in Colonial Virginia Volume 1 Volume 2 Early History of Rhode Island Volume 1 History of the Church of England in the Colonies Volume 1 Lutheranism In Colonial New York Puritan Age in Massachusetts Bay Colony 1629-1685 Sketches of Church Life In Colonial Connecticut Rhode Island Protestantism Colonial Period As always, Thank You so much for joining the podcast today. If you have questions, comments or suggestions about this episode, please leave a message by clicking the message link. Share your experiences with Piedmont Trails. Our ancestors left an amazing trail to follow. Enjoy Your Journey To The Past
January 16, 2020
5 Basic Guidelines for Genealogy Research
Carol shares her five personal guidelines for researching family history.  Be sure to visit the  Footstep Tracking method located on the Piedmont Trails website.  Our ancestors left an amazing trail to follow. Enjoy Your Journey to the Past !!
December 04, 2019
Migration Routes of Colonial America
A detailed description of 6 early routes that were used during the colonial period of the United States.  Please be sure to visit Piedmont Trails as many more details of these amazing trails can be found on the website. Our ancestors left an amazing trail to follow. Enjoy Your Journey !! Additional podcast notes are below:  Additional links for the King's Highway- The King's Best HIghway and The First Major Route of the Colonies Fall Line Road-Thru the Carolinas Upper Road-Upper Road from Family Search Federal Road-Georgia Encyclopedia National Road-History Wilderness Road-History
December 03, 2019
The Great Wagon Road
The Great Wagon Road holds within itself a history like no other road. Learn about it's beginnings as I discuss the origins of this 18th century trail. Listen as I share the 700 miles of twists and turns as the road cascades through Pennsylvania into the Shenandoah Valley and deep into the piedmont regions of the Carolinas. If you would like to learn more about The Great Wagon Road, visit the Piedmont Trails website. You will find maps, documents, articles, surnames of travelers, tavern history, early settlements and much more. Thank You for visiting Piedmont Trails podcast today !! Our ancestors left an amazing trail to follow !! Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
October 24, 2019
Introduction Of Piedmont Trails
Welcome to Piedmont Trails Podcast. To learn more about Piedmont Trails, visit the websites and forums listed below. Piedmont Trails Website Piedmont Trails Family Genealogy Pages Join us on Facebook Our ancestors left an amazing trail to follow !! Join Piedmont Trails on upcoming episodes !! Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!
October 20, 2019