Researching the History of Your House in Gaston County
- Getting Started with Your Research
- House Architectural Styles
- Gaston County History
- Gaston County Records
Getting Started with Your Research
- 907.2 GRE. Discovering the History of Your House and Your Neighborhood.
- 929.1 FAM NCC. "Researching Your Ancestors' Houses." Family Chronicle. Vol. 15, No. 2 (Nov/Dec 2010): Pgs. 42 - 43.
- How to Research the History of Your House
Go to: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1560818,00.html
- Home Histories: How to Discover Who Used to Live in Your Home
Go to: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/home-histories-how-to-discover-who-used-to-live-in-your-home-195311
House Architectural Styles
- 720.975 BRE NCC. The Architectural Heritage of Gaston County North Carolina.
- 720.975 GAS NCC. Gaston County Architectural Heritage Driving Tour.
- 917.3 MCA. A Field Guide to American Houses.
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.
- 920 RAG NC. The Textile Heritage of Gaston County, North Carolina, 1848-2000: One Hundred Mills and the Men Who Built Them.
While many of the textile mills are gone, most of the mill villages that were built around them still exist.
- 975.677 AHE NCC. Gastonia and Gaston County, North Carolina.
- 975.677 WIL NCC. Gaston County: A Pictorial History.
- National Register of Historic Places & Study List: Gaston County
Go to: http://www.gastongov.com/departments/historic-preservation-commission/national-register
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Gaston County, North Carolina (Wikipedia)
Go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Gaston_County,_North_Carolina
- York Chester National Historic District (Gastonia, NC)
Go to: http://www.yorkchester.org/
- The Evolution of Textile Mill Villages
Go to: http://ncpedia.org/textiles/mill-villages
- Access to Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps is available via NCLive.org. Use the "Help" link to learn more about the information provided by these maps.
- Go to: https://www.nclive.org/cgi-bin/nclsm?rsrc=140
Gaston County Records
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
Date of Construction; Tax ID #; Parcel ID #
Current Owners; Legal Description (Block & Lot); Acreage
Deed History (Previous Owners); Links to current aerial mapsUsing 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
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: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1911121
Gaston County Records on Microfilm
Includes Records of Wills, Estates, Deeds and Tax Lists.
Go to: http://gastonlibrary.org/research/genealogy-local-history/gaston-county-records-on-microfilm/
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.org/research/genealogy-local-history/city-directories/
Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Researching the History of Your House in Gaston County
Revised: 1 June 2017