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Gaston County, North Carolina History

When was Gaston County, NC Created?
Gaston County was created on December 21, 1846 from Lincoln County. This county was named for William Gaston (1778–1844), a United States Congressman and justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

What is the County Seat of Gaston County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Gastonia also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Gaston County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Lincoln County (north), Mecklenburg County (east), York County, South Carolina (south), Cleveland County (west).

What cities and towns are in Gaston County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Alexis, Belmont, BessemerCity, Cherryville, Cramerton, Dallas, Dellview, Gastonia, HighShoals, Lowell, McAdenville, MountHolly, Ranlo, SpencerMountain, Stanley.

Gaston County, NC Vital Records

Where can find Gaston County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Gaston County vital records can be found at the North Carolina Department of Health which has copies of birth records after 1913 and death records after 1930, copies of marriage since Jan 1962 and a Divorce records since 1958. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in North Carolina for current fees and application process.

Birth, death and marriage certificates also may be obtained at the Gaston County Register of Deeds (ROD) office. Divorce certificates may be obtained from the  Gaston County clerk of court.

You can search online for Gaston County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for North Carolina Birth Certificate, Death, Divorce and Marriage Certificate Application to mail.

The North Carolina State Archives has the following vital records: Death Certificates, 1913-1975 (Statewide Index: 1913-1979); microfilmed Indexes to Births and Deaths (except Wake, Durham); Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 (not required by law); Cohabitation Records, 1866-1867; microfilmed Marriage Registers and Indexes; microfilmed Marriage Licenses for many of the counties See Also North Carolina Vital Records Research Guide

Gaston County, NC Census Records

What Gaston County, NC census records are available?
County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules which can guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Gaston Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Gaston Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Gaston Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also North Carolina Census Records Research Guide

Gaston County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Gaston County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Gaston County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Gaston County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. The County Courthouse was destroyed in 1874 by fire

Old Gaston County Courthouse

Gaston County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Gaston County, NC?
A list of Gaston County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See also a list of Statewide North Carolina Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Gaston County, NC Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Gaston County, NC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Gaston County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is merely a directory that has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Gaston Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Gaston Co. NC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Gaston Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Gaston Co. NC General and History Websites

Gaston Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Gaston Co. NC Military Records

Gaston Co. NC Schools & Directories

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