About Piedmont Trails


Piedmont Trails is my passion that thrives on the genealogy and history of the United States. The initial website was launched in September of 2017 with family surnames, genealogy links, historical maps and historical blogs. The name, Piedmont Trails, pertains to the piedmont area of North Carolina. This area covers Anson, Rowan, Surry, Stokes, Rockingham, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. I began my personal genealogy research in North Carolina over thirty years ago and continue finding new treasures every year. From humble beginnings and an old school notebook, I began my journey into the past. Years later, my home has transformed into a library of books, maps, filing cabinets and piles upon piles of records. I’ve always helped others along the way through the years and I wanted to continue this but on a larger scale. So, Piedmont Trails was born and has grown well beyond my expectations during the past year. I welcome you to join my journey and experience the past by learning about the details and the footsteps of our ancestors. Hi, my name is Carol and Welcome to Piedmont Trails.

You Can Also Visit Piedmont Trails On The North Carolina Forum, By Listening To The Latest Podcast Episodes Or Following on Social Media

Visit Piedmont Trails Family Pages
Photo of my Great Great Grandfather, John Louis Motsinger(1865-1941)

Piedmont Trails Family Pages

These pages contain data collected during the past thirty years involving my own personal family lineage. You will find family photos, documents and family history.

The Great Wagon Road Project

This project is dedicated to preserving The Great Wagon Road and declaring it’s importance as a national historic trail. View the progress of this group of volunteers as we all work hard on accomplishing this goal. If you would like to volunteer with the project, contact Piedmont Trails. The initial website will be moving November 17th, 2019 to the primary site of Piedmont Trails. Stay tuned for updates.

Visit Piedmont Trails North Carolina Forum

Piedmont Trails North Carolina Forum

The North Carolina forum is filled with personal data and research techniques that associate with North Carolina. Old maps, long ago trails and so much more can be found here. The forum goes into great detail with family history, location, occupation, etc. To join, you will need an email address, create a user name and password. The forum is setup with your own personal profile where you have full control. If you currently maintain a family website, you can include it with your profile and invite others to visit. The forum is user friendly with both mobile and desktop devices.

Piedmont Trails Podcast

Brand New in October, 2019, Piedmont Trails is available by way of broadcasting. The podcast episodes will give you details on genealogy and history. Learn researching techniques, old wagon trails, family history and much more by listening to the latest episodes. Join The Podcast

Piedmont Trails on Pinterest

On Pinterest, you will find Piedmont Trails latest boards and pins demonstrating photos, blog links and research tips for genealogy and history. Join Piedmont Trails on Pinterest

Piedmont Trails on YouTube

Piedmont Trails has launched a brand new YouTube Channel for October, 2019. Here, you will be able to watch the latest videos and documentaries. Learn step by step online researching techniques. View discussion on historical topics ranging from early migration in the 18th century to the reconstruction period of the Civil War. Stay up to date with the latest genealogy news and much more. Piedmont Trails will be hosting live video events in the coming months and sharing news from The Great Wagon Road Project as well. Join the Journey with Piedmont Trails on YouTube.

Join Piedmont Trails on Facebook

Piedmont Trails on Facebook

Join Piedmont Trails on Facebook as we share a huge amount of data, links, documents and maps. Piedmont Trails also maintains several groups on fb. You can find a link to these on our facebook home page.

Be sure to read the latest articles from my personal blog, Genealogy #OffTheGrid.

ARRIVING SOON !! Piedmont Trails will be launching on Twitter in the upcoming months. Stay up to date with all of the social media postings !!


May I copy your material and pictures for my own site?

No, you may not copy any of my materials, maps or photos. All of the contents on Piedmont Trails are protected by copyright laws. You must contact me for permission in writing prior to using any of these materials in a public manner.

Do you offer genealogy help?

Yes, I have offered my help to many all through the years. I only ask that you supply me with key points of data when requesting assistance. The key points are Birth Year/Location, Death Year/Location, Marriage Year/Location. If you don’t know any of the key points, supply as much data as possible.

Would you give a presentation at our next meeting?

Yes, but, my time is limited and I’m on a tight schedule. I must be given a 60 day notice prior to your scheduled event. Majority of my presentations last approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour. Although, I remember a few of these lasting for hours.

We would like to use some of your material for our next genealogy workshop/society meeting.

Please contact me with the following information:

1-Name of organization, society, workshop with contact info

2-Date of your meeting, workshop, etc.

3-What is the theme of your meeting, workshop, etc.?

I do offer packets of data for specific themes pertaining to genealogy and history in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. If you would like to use specific material from the website, contact me for further discussion.

Why do you do this? How do you do it?

I have always been devoted to genealogy and history from a young age. I’ve always felt the need to protect the stories, the photos, the relics, the names; anything that resembled the past. I feel that it is my mission to contribute the importance of preserving our history. I feel a connection when a person is able to locate their ancestor with the help of Piedmont Trails. The past is part of me, it’s who I am.

As to, how I do it? I work everyday on the website, the forums and researching for others. I am very strict with my schedule due to my everyday life and the projects that I’m currently working on. I wished I had more time to devote to the past.

Thank You All For Your Support !!

If you have a question, or would like to make a comment, or if you have a suggestion, please fill out the form on the contact page and click submit.  THANK YOU so much for your interest and your support of Piedmont Trails. It is greatly appreciated !! We have so many projects planned for the future and can’t wait to share them with all of you. Wishing you all great success with your research and Thank You for sharing your journey with us.

Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!