Gaston County Public Library

Timelines & Chronologies

Are you creating a timeline as a history assignment, as a family history page, or for a family birthday or anniversary? Here are some helpful books and websites that contain thousands of dates to help you with your project.

You can find even more books than those listed below by searching our Catalog by Subject for Chronology.


  • History for Genealogists: Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors. Covers timelines throughout history and shows how genealogists use them effectively to find their ancestors. 929.1 JAC

  • "Timelines". NGS News Magazine, vol. 34 no. 3 (July - Sept. 2008): pgs. 38 - 42. Explains how genealogists use timelines. 929.1 NGS NCC v.34, 2008

World History

  • HyperHistory: Click on a name for a short biography; includes historical maps.
  • List of Years: Find Wikipedia articles on individual years.
  • A place to create your own timelines between specific dates.
  • Dictionary of Dates (2 vols). Covers through 1930. R902 KEL
  • Timelines of World History. R909.02 TEE
  • Timetables of History. 4500 B.C. - 1990's. R902.02 GRU

American & 20th Century

These titles reproduce pages from The New York Times:

North Carolina

Special Topics

  • The Literary Life - a Scrapbook Almanac of the Anglo-American Literary Scene from 1900 to 1950. R016.82 P
  • The Triple Stream: Four Centuries of English, French and German Literature, 1531-1930. Authors and books, year by year. R802 B
  • Rock & Roll Year by Year. The first section covers 1950-1954; beginning in 1955 there is an entry for each year through 2002. R781.66 CRA
  • The Value of a Dollar: Prices and Incomes in the United States, 1860-1999. R338.52 VAL

Science & Technology

  • Timelines of Invention and Technology: Invention and technology timelines tell the history of famous 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century events.
  • Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery. 4 million B. C. - 1988. R509 A
  • Chronology of Science from Stonehenge to the Human Genome Project. R502.02 CHR
  • National Geographic Concise History of Science & Invention: An Illustrated Time Line. R509 CON
  • Science and Technology Firsts. Through 1996. R609 BRU

Please take note: The Internet addresses above are provided for informational purposes. The Library assumes no responsibility for the content of sites maintained by other organizations or persons.