To understand the style of your home and design of your neighborhood, you will need an understanding of Gaston County, NC. This is particularly true for people living in a Historic District or one of the many mill villages that are scattered throughout Gaston County.
The University of South Carolina provides an online digital collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of South Carolina that you can search by keyword or browse by city, county, or year.
There are a variety of records that you can use in your search for information about your house.
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
Digital images of many Gaston County land records can be found at FamilySearch.org in the following collection:
Index to deeds and mortgages, 1846-1961; deeds and mortgages, 1847-1961 (Index and images)
Go to: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/312602
To locate an online county property record visit the Gaston County Interactive GIS website and select "Data Search Site."
Go to: https://gis.gastongov.com/
At the Gaston County Interactive GIS website, you'll be able to learn:
Date of Construction; Tax ID #; Parcel ID #
Current Owners; Legal Description (Block & Lot); Acreage
Deed History (Previous Owners); Links to current aerial maps
Using the "Online Deed Search" at the Gaston County Register of Deeds website is much easier once you have the information provided in the online county property record (particularly Neighborhood and Legal Description).
Go to: https://deeds.co.gaston.nc.us/external/LandRecords/protected/v4/SrchName.aspx
Estate records are in this collection at FamilySearch, North Carolina Estate Files. They are searchable by name or you can browse by county.
Go to: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1911121
Gaston County is a textile county and the city directories give an insight into that phase of our history as "mill villages" appear and disappear. As the cities grew, many of these once company-owned villages were swallowed up. Some are still identifiable as communities and others only by the street names they left behind them.
Go to: http://gastonlibrary.libguides.com/city-directories
Research Gaston County tax bills or payments. Search by Names (Last name First name), Receipt Numbers, Parcel Numbers, Bill Numbers, Owner IDs, and Addresses.
Go to: https://www.gastontax.com/#/
Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Researching the History of Your House in Gaston County
Revised: 23 August 2018
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