Margo Lee Williams has researched and written extensively about her maternal Lassiter family, resulting in two books. Her first book, "Miles Lassiter (circa 1777-1850), an Early African American Quaker from Lassiter Mill, Randolph County, North Carolina: My Research Journey to Home" (Backintyme, 2011), won the the 2012 Award for a Family History from the North Carolina Genealogical Society. Her second book, released in 2016, "From Hill Town to Strieby, Education and the American Missionary Association in the Uwharrie "Back Country" of Randolph County, North Carolina" (Backintyme), won 2017 Gold awards for both genealogy and history from the Non-Fiction Authors' Association, won the 2016 Marsha M Greenlee History Award from the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society, a 2016 Historical Book Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians.and was a finalist in the African American History category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Williams, a native New Yorker, currently resides outside Washington, DC. She has her BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Marquette University, an MA from Hunter College in Sociology and an MA in Religious Education from The Catholic University of America. Williams, who is particularly interested in community histories of people of color in the southeast, especially those in North Carolina and Virginia, is a frequent lecturer for the Family History Centers in the Washington, DC area, and a former editor of the Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.