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.


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

North Carolina

American & 20th Century

  • Digital History: Chronologies of American History, Antislavery, Immigration History, and more.
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  • R031.02 KAN, Ready Reference. Famous First Facts.
    Indexed by years.
  • R348.73 STA. Landmark Legislation 1774-2002.
    Major U.S. acts and treaties arranged chronologically by Congress.
  • 970.004 OBR. Timeline of Native Americans: The Ultimate Guide to North America's Indigenous Peoples.
  • R973 TIM. The Timechart History of America.
  • R973.02 A. American Headlines Year by Year.
    1776 - 1984.
  • R973.02 AME. The American Years (2 vols).
    Colonial era through 2002; index is in vol. 2.
  • R973.02 CAR. Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates.
    10th century through 20th century.
  • R973.049673 COW. Timelines of African American History.
    1492 - 1993.
  • R973.8 SHI. Almanacs of American Life: Victorian America, 1876 to 1913.
  • R973.9 GRE. Almanacs of American Life: Modern America, 1914 to 1945.
  • R973.91 GOR. American Chronicle: 1900 to 1998.

These titles reproduce pages from The New York Times:

World History

  • R902 KEL. Dictionary of Dates (2 vols).
    Covers through 1930.
  • R902.02 GRU. Timetables of History.
    4500 B.C. - 1990's.
  • 909 CHR. History Year by Year: The History of the World, From the Stone Age to the Digital Age.
  • R909.02 TEE. Timelines of World History.

Science & Technology

  • R502.02 CHR. Chronology of Science from Stonehenge to the Human Genome Project.
  • R509 A. Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery.
    4 million B. C. - 1988.
  • R509 CON. National Geographic Concise History of Science & Invention: An Illustrated Time Line.
  • R509 H. Timetables of Science: A Chronology of the Most Important People and Events in the History of Science.
    Through 1988.
  • 523.1 BEL. The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space & Astronomy
  • R609 BRU. Science and Technology Firsts.
    Through 1996.

Miscellaneous Timelines

  • List of Timelines (Wikipedia): Includes art, crime, economics, religion, and more.
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  • R016.82 P. The Literary Life - a Scrapbook Almanac of the Anglo-American Literary Scene from 1900 to 1950.
  • R338.52 VAL. The Value of a Dollar: Prices and Incomes in the United States, 1860-1999.
  • R781.66 CRA. 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 WHI Billboard top 1000 singles, 1955-1990.
  • R802 B. The Triple Stream: Four Centuries of English, French and German Literature, 1531-1930.
    Authors and books, year by year.

Make Your Own Timeline or Chronology

  • How to Make a Timeline: Instructions on how to create your own timeline.
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  • Timeline Generator: Select a custom date range to create a historical timeline of events listed in teh Digital History database.
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  • Make a Chronology: Select a subject and custom date range to create a historical chronology.
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Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Timelines & Chronologies
Revised: 8 Dec 2016