Gaston County was formed in December 1846 from Lincoln County. (See our guide Finding Lincoln County Ancestors for research sources prior to 1847).
Go to: http://gastonlibrary.libguides.com/finding/lincoln-county-ancestors
Did your family come from Gaston County? Here's a list of some basic resources in our collection to get you started. For help finding more, stop by the Reference Desk at the Gastonia Main Library.
The library has the Gaston Gazette on microfilm beginning with the February 21, 1880 issue. However, there are many missing issues in the early years.
At this time, there is only limited indexing to the paper and/or the obituaries.
|1880 - 1889||929.5 GAS NCC. The Gastonia Gazette Obituary and Marriage Index: “Gaston in the Eighties” (1880s).
From 1915 to 1919 the Gazette occasionally reprinted notices from its earlier issues in the 1880s. These are useful because in some cases the original issue no longer exists.
|1880 - 1899||929.5 GAS NCC. The Gastonia Gazette Obituary and Death Notices Index, 1880 - 1899.|
|1900 - 1969||No indexing.|
|1970||Ask at the Reference Desk at Gastonia Main Library.|
|1971 - 1979||No indexing.|
|1980 - Present||Ask at the Reference Desk at Gastonia Main Library.|
We also have a microfilm copy of another short-lived newspaper, the Gaston Citizen, October 25, 1951 - March 21, 1956. There is no index.
We will be happy to check the microfilm for an obituary if you have a specific date or a close approximation; if you do not, we can try to locate the required information using the publications mentioned above. However, we do not have the staff to do extensive research on your behalf.
Miscellaneous Gaston County newspapers are available online. Please check our Historical Newspapers guide.
Go to: http://gastonlibrary.libguides.com/serials/historical-newpapers
Our North Carolina Collection includes city directories for Gastonia and other communities in Gaston County. It is not a complete collection; please check our guide to the city directories to see if the volume you need is in the collection.
Go to: https://gastonlibrary.libguides.com/city-directories
To locate a online county property record visit the Gaston County Interactive GIS website.
Go to: https://gis.gastongov.com/
Find Gaston County land records by using the "Deed Search" at the Gaston County Register of Deeds website. This is much easier once you have the information provided in the online county property record from the GIS website.
Go to: https://deeds.co.gaston.nc.us/external/LandRecords/protected/v4/SrchName.aspx
Original Deeds found in the Gaston County Register of Deed's Office include Records from 1845 to present (Prior deed records recorded in Lincoln County).
Go to: http://gastongov.com/departments/register-of-deeds
Microfilm copies of the following Gaston County Register of Deeds records are available at the Gaston County Public Library:
Microfilm copy of the following Gaston County Tax record is available at the Gaston County Public Library:
Gaston County: Tax List, 1847-1860, 1863-1868.
975.6 CAR. Gaston County, North Carolina, in the Civil War, by Robert C. Carpenter. Includes Gaston County Tax List of 1863.
FamilySearch.org has the Internal Revenue Assessment List for North Carolina, 1864-1866. Browse images by State, then by County.
Includes the 1866 Gaston County Tax List.
Go to: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2075263
Digital images of many Gaston County records can be found at FamilySearch.org in the following collections:
See our Research Guides for detailed information on our holdings of original and transcribed census records:
In addition to more general genealogy magazines, we have files of four titles specifically for this area:
The Library does not have any books for sale. Books relating to Gaston County genealogy may be purchased from:
The Gaston County Public Library staff welcomes requests for specific information from those who are unable to use the collection in person.
Please contact:NCC Librarian - Reference Services
Phone: 704-868-2164 ext. 2
Author: Gaston County Public Library
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