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, Randolph, Mecklenburg, Alamance, Orange 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.

Piedmont Trails Projects

These are projects that I am currently researching and working on. The details can be found under each name. I am constantly searching for historical and genealogical data. If any of these topics carry an interest with you, let me know. You can never have enough history !!

The Great Wagon Road Project

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 October of 2019 and comprises of research in several states. The progress of this group of volunteers is shared on the website in various articles and updates. We are all working hard on accomplishing this very important goal. The project continues to seek more volunteers that can assist with research, organizing data and much more. If you would like to volunteer and join us, contact Piedmont Trails. Be sure to follow Piedmont Trails to stay up to date with the latest news for this project.

The Study of Indentured Servants

This project is brand new for me. 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. Majority of history books, articles, etc. proclaim that 75% of the colonial population were indentured servants, especially for the colony of Virginia. Through all of my years of research, I’ve simply not found this to be the case. So, I am conducting a personal study into the actual numbers per colony for each indentured servant I am able to locate. If you have information on this topic or would like to share a comment or suggestion, please let me know.

The History of The Yadkin Valley Railroad

Another new project for 2020, I am currently researching the rich history of the Yadkin Valley Railroad. 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: This project has been cancelled until June, 2021 due to Covid-19)

Have Questions About Piedmont Trails?

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

All of the contents on Piedmont Trails are protected by copyright laws. 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 share several options in doing this. First step is contacting me directly and you can do this by using the form located on the Contact Piedmont Trails Page. You may have a question about a particular source or a specific region. You may have a question concerning available county records or accessing state records. Simply submit your question on the contact form and I will respond back to you. I also offer free online meetings that allow myself and you to concentrate solely on your family research. These meetings are conducted live and if you are interested in making an appointment, simply click the link below and let me know what times & dates work best with your schedule.

Are you available to 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 and it greatly depends on the subject. For instance, The Great Wagon Road presentation will last well over one hour while Researching The 18th Century presentation will last up to 40 minutes.

(Update-I am not available for the remainder of the year 2020 due to Covid-19 and my personal schedule containing several projects. If you are planning an event for 2021 and would like for me to give a presentation, fill out the form on the Contact page and I’ll reply back to you)

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-Name of the theme of your meeting, workshop, etc.?

I do offer packets of data for specific topics pertaining to genealogy and history in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. Please contact me for further discussion.

(Update-As of June 20th, 2020, free packets will no longer be available from Piedmont Trails. Please contact me about using Piedmont Trails materials for your next genealogy workshop or society meeting.)

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. 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 this and helping others.

Thank You All For Your Support !!

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

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


Visit the research pages and find the footsteps to the past. Enjoy Your Journey !!!

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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 !! I have so many projects planned for the future and can’t wait to share them with all of you. Our ancestors left an amazing trail to follow. I’m wishing you all great success with your research and Thank You for sharing your journey with us.

Enjoy Your Journey To The Past !!