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WELCOME! My name is Diane Siniard and I am the coordinator for Gates County Genealogy Project. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

Please check under the "What's New?" link for new items that have been added.

I would like to get transcriptions of cemeteries, birth, marriage, and death certificates, photos and anything else you feel may benefit other researchers.
Please help me to make this the best source of information for Gates County on the internet!

Gates was formed in 1779 from Chowan, Hertford, and Perquimans counties. It was named in honor of General Horatio Gates, who commanded American Army at the Battle of Saratoga. It is in the northeastern section of the State and is bounded by Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan and Hertford counties, and the state of Virginia. Gatesville is the county seat.

Gates County was a part of an area originally called "Albemarle", named for George, Duke of Albemarle. Most of the land within the present boundaries was considered to be Nansemond County, VA, until 1728, when William Byrd had surveyed the "dividing line" between Virginia and North Carolina.  In 1779 the area between the Chowan River to the West and Southwest, South of the county of Nansemond, Va., West of the Dismal Swamp and North of Catherine Creek and Warwick Creek was separated into a county all it's own. The physical land barriers of swamps or rivers made it difficult for residents of this area to travel to government seats in bad weather, and it was for this reason, among others that Gates County became an entity of it's own.  In 1780 a courthouse, prison and stocks were built in Gatesville, at that time known as Gates Court House.

  General William P. Roberts, who at age 20 was the Confederate's youngest Brigadier General, was born in Gates County July 11, 1841. He commanded the N.C Cavalry, 12th NC Battalion, Georgia Battalion, Gen W.H.F. Lee's Division, and Hampton's Cavalry Corps Army of Northern Virginia. In 1875 he represented Gates County at the constitutional convention, and the following year he was elected to the state legislature. In 1880, he became a state auditor and served in that capacity until 1888. Roberts died in Norfolk, Virginia, on March 28, 1910, and was buried in the Gatesville Cemetery.

     Gates County includes communities (historic and otherwise) with such names as Acorn Hill, Ballard Crossroads, Beckford Junction, Buckland, Carter, Corapeake, Dort, Drum Hill, Eason Crossroads, Eleanors Crossroads, Eure, Flat Branch, Folly Fork, Gates Court House, Gatesville, Greens Fork, Hazelton, Hobbsville, Hoflers Fork, Holly Grove, Joppa, Kellogs Fork, Keys Crossroads, Mintonsville, Mitchells Fork, Muddy Cross, Old Chapel Crossroads, Parkers Fork, Pipkin Place, Powell Crossroads, Rays Beach, Riddick Crossroads, Sarem, Selwin, Storys, Sunbury, Topsy, Walton Crossroads, and Wyanoke

We could really use your help with one of these projects, or some of the others that we have going. Won't you volunteer today?

Gates County Project Volunteers:
Coordinator and webmaster: Diane Siniard
Cemetery Transcription Project: Diane Siniard
Cemetery Photos Project: Diane Siniard
Census Transcription Project: Can YOU help?
Deed Transcription Project: Can YOU help?
Obituary Transcription Project: Can You help?
Transcribers for Various Projects: Can YOU help?

Awards, Our Researchers and New stuff!

  • "What's New?"

    Ready to read?
    Books, Books and more books!

  • Transcribed Books

  • Gates County Published Resources For Sale

  • Where to Find Genealogical Books
    Where can I get a copy of that book?

  • Gates County Published Resources with Lookup Volunteers

  • Gates County Paid Researchers

  • Albemarle Regional Library

  • North Carolina Public Libraries
    Need to find a library in another county? Look no further!

  • State Libraries & Archives
    State libraries for all 50 states!

    Documents and Records
    You will find various documentation, photos, records and other things here to boost and document your research!

  • Gates County Cemeteries and other information on cemeteries.

  • Gates County Census Records

  • Gates County Vital Records Links

  • Gates County Court Records

  • Gates County Maps

  • Gates County Churches

  • Gates County Miscellaneous Records
    Do you have some miscellaneous records to share?

  • North Carolina Parishes

  • North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project
    Great place to search or browse old NC newspapers!

    Gates County Places and Photos
    What would we do and where would we be without her wonderful people and places?

  • Gates County Queries
    Send in your queries and surnames to be posted here!

  • Gates County Military Links

  • Gates County African American Research

  • Gates County Families

  • Gates County Family Photos

  • Our Brick Walls
    Let's help each other break down those walls!

  • Gates County Mystery Pictures

  • Gates County Postcards

  • Post Office Masters
    The who and how the mail was delivered?

  • Post Offices
    The who and how the mail was delivered?

  • Gates County Schools

  • Glimpses Into The Past

  • The Neighbors

  • Genealogical, Historical Society Meetings and Family Reunions

  • Gates County Cities & Towns

    Research Helpers
    Here you will find various things to help send you on your way into finding more info on your elusive Lost Souls

  • Interesting Links

  • Historical Highway Markers
    Wow! I didn't know that happened here!

  • North Carolina's Lost Souls Genealogy Project

  • Lost Souls Genealogy Project

  • Gates County Mailing List

  • North Carolina Courthouse Fires

  • Genealogy Terms

  • North Carolina National Register of Historic Places

  • Gates County History

  • Colonial Handwriting Samples
    What does that say? I can't read that!

  • Donations
    Want to help us obtain more records for the sites? Go here to find out how!