Gaston County Public Library

Researching the History of Your House in Gaston County

Getting Started with Your Research

House Architectural Styles

Gaston County History

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.

Gaston County Records

There are a variety of records that you can use in your search for information about your house.

  • Property Records

    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). 
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    To locate an online county property record visit the Gaston County Interactive GIS website.
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    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).
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  • Gaston County Estate Records, 1839-1928

    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:

  • Gaston County Records on Microfilm

    Includes Records of Wills, Estates, Deeds and Tax Lists.
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  • City Directories

    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.
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Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Researching the History of Your House in Gaston County
Revised: 1 June 2017