About Carol: The Author of Piedmont Trails

First of all, allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is Carol, and I have a long history with the past. Piedmont Trails descended from a deep personal passion for genealogy and history. Old family stories and family reunions initially began my journey as a kid growing up in North Carolina. It wasn’t until a school assignment presented itself; did I realize just how influential genealogy was to my heart. Mrs. Tatum, my 7th grade English teacher, required the entire class to complete a family genealogy book report consisting of no less than three generations. I was reluctant with this task at first. But, I quickly went into overdrive when I began gathering the information from my parents and grandparents. The sequence of tasking with notes and conversations contributed to writing my first family history analysis. The assignment was a huge success. Not only did I receive an A+ for a grade, but my eyes opened to a new world. The fascinating landscape captured the past with names, dates, events, and stories of long ago. This moment was a life-changing experience for me. From that day, a new outline overwhelmed me by changing my goals to learn everything about the people who lived before me.

It wasn’t until September of 2017 when the birth of Piedmont Trails came into being. The years before this were countless hours of research associated with routines of daily life. I receive loving support from my husband, two wonderful sons, and my grandchildren. This journey has filled me with a personal understanding of my ancestors. Getting to know them through personal letters, actions, and more became a real turning point for me, and it turned the tides of research and placed me on a different path. With history, I am the same. By seeking the details of the details, to completely understand why the Battle of Camden happened this way or why Thomas Jefferson abused his friendship with John Adams. Why the Civil War was inevitable from the start.

As you probably have already guessed, I own many books and filing cabinets to hold all of this information I’ve accumulated over the years. These various materials, maps, books and genealogy collections should not be stored without the light of day and this is how Piedmont Trails came into being. The name, Piedmont Trails, pertains to the piedmont area of North Carolina where I grew up filled with childhood memories, old family stories and history. From humble beginnings long ago, I set out on the task of learning and I’ll be the first to tell you, I’m still learning and so thankful for each new discovery. Looking back now, I laugh at myself as I remember that book report. Then I sit back and reflect on all the memories I now have. Yes, it’s been an amazing Journey!!

Piedmont Trails Projects

These are projects that are currently on my desk. The Great Wagon Road Project is a Huge one and will be years in the completion. The others are passionate subjects for me that are just as important. I am constantly searching for historical and genealogical materials, so don’t be surprised if I add more projects to this list as time goes on. If any of these topics carry an interest with you, let me know. There is nothing better than working together while preserving the past !!

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. The road originated from the Indian Trail known as The Great Warriors’ Path and extended from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Augusta, Georgia. The project was created in June of 2019 and comprises of several volunteers who are seeking proof and documentation of the road. To learn more about this, simply click on the photo above and visit the Great Wagon Road Project page.

Update: Field Research has resumed for this project effective March 15th, 2021. If you would like to become an active member of the research team, please visit the Great Wagon Road Project page.

The Study of Indentured Servants

This project has equipped me with numerous new materials. I have always been fascinated with the actual numbers of indentured servants during the colonial period. I began the concentrated research in December of 2019 as a year project. Now entering 2021, this project is still going. Majority of history books, articles, etc. proclaim that 75% of the colonial population were indentured servants, especially for the colony of Virginia. Advanced research is leading myself to this conclusion and so much more. As the stories of these people emerge, I hope to focus their lives on the website by the end of this year.

The History of The Yadkin Valley Railroad

Another project that began in 2020 and moved into 2021 due to the restrictions of field work and the on going pandemic. The project is about the rich history of the Yadkin Valley Railroad in North Carolina. Spanning a distance just shy of 100 miles, this rail line is filled with history and fascinating stories. I am putting together a mixture of photos, history and family stories about the line and how it has contributed to the piedmont counties in North Carolina. If you have information about this historic railroad, please let me know.

(Update: Field Research has resumed effective June, 2021.)

Have Questions About Piedmont Trails?

Do you offer genealogy help?

Yes, I have offered my help to many all through the years. The best way to contact me is by email through the link below.

Are you available to give a presentation at our next meeting?

Yes, but, I am currently not available for an on-site presentation. I have conducted several online video appearances and this method works much better for me and my schedule. Due to extreme delays and closures with the year 2020, the 2021 schedule is nearly completely booked. I do require a 30 day notice prior to the request. You can email me through the website concerning the details.

Photo of my Great Great Grandfather, John Louis Motsinger(1865-1941)

I, personally, dedicate Piedmont Trails to my ancestors. It is because of them and their journey that has enabled me to create this. I admire their courage and share the experiences they endured during their lives. Creating Piedmont Trails has been an incredible journey for me, and I’m happy to share it with all of you.

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