Gaston County Research Timeline
Bath was formed in 1696 from territories south of the Albemarle River. Bladen was formed in 1734. Anson was formed from Bladen in 1750. Mecklenburg was formed from Anson in 1762. Tryon was formed from Mecklenburg County in 1768. Tryon existed as a County until Lincoln and Rutherford were formed from Tryon County in1779. Cleveland was formed from Lincoln and Rutherford in 1841. Gaston was formed in 1846 from Lincoln and the most western edge of present Cleveland. Cleveland gained some territory from Gaston in 1921. The most southern part of Gaston had ancestors recorded in what is now Spartanburg, Cherokee and York Counties S.C.
Prior to surveys of 1764 and 1772, "much of the territory in the north-central and north-western part of South Carolina was considered to be North Carolina. The South Carolina counties of Marlboro, Chesterfield, Lancaster, York, Chester, Union, Spartanburg, Cherokee, and portions of Greenville, Laurens and Newberry are involved." (_Guide to South Carolina Research and Records_, by Brent Holcomb, Colombia, SC, 1991, p. 37) Much of Tryon County, NC became SC after the 1772 survey. In fact, the Tryon County courthouse had to be moved!
Research Guides to help with more in-depth research on
Surname Resources at RootsWeb
County Maps showing formation and boundary changes
Gaston County, NCGenWeb Archives Cemeteries, Obits, Wills, Deeds, etc.
Gaston County USGenWeb Tombstone Project
History of Dallas
Early History of Gaston County
Gaston Co in Revolutionary War
Ulrichsburg, North Carolina (established 1789). Crowder's Town
LDS FAMILY SEARCH
Gaston County Public Records
User Mailing Lists Search Mailing List archives. What is a mailing list anyway??
Local Mailing Lists. Gaston, Cleveland, Lincoln, Rutherford, Rowan and Tryon County.
List of Companies/Regiments: CSA-Cleveland & Rutherford County men served in these.
NC in Revolutionary War
The Neighbors and Cousins
" Books We Own" A Look-Up Resource for International Genealogical Research
Passenger Lists from England and Scotland to North Carolina
The Ship Patience Home Page
General Register Office of Scotland
The Battle of Ramsaur's Mill by William A. Graham
Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library System
Lincoln County Library
306 W. Main Street
Lincolnton, N.C., 28092
Rutherford County Library
205 Koon Rd
Spindale, NC 28160
Mauney Memorial Library
(704) 739- 2371
100 S. Piedmont Ave.
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Burke County Public Library
204 South King Street
Morganton, NC 28655
Rowan Public Library
North Carolina State Library
Charlotte/ Mecklenburg Public Library
Library of Virginia Digital Collections
Gaston County Court House
(704) 868-5800 Reg Deeds has
b, m, & d rec from 1913, ind rec
325 N. Marietta St. from 1847; Clk Sup Ct has div rec
Gastonia, NC 28052-4128
Broad River Genealogical Society
Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County
Catawba County Genealogical Society
Burke County Genealogical Society
Olde Mecklenburg County Genealogical Society
Genealogical Society of Rowan County
North Carolina Genealogical Society
National Genealogical Society
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