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Guide to '''Orange County North Carolina genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Orange County, North Carolina ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Vital_Records|Death]]'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]]'''</center>  
 
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| width="16.6%" | <center>[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land|'''Land''']]</center>  
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[http://www.nccourts.org/County/Onslow/Default.asp Orange County&nbsp; Courthouse]<br>200 S Cameron St<br>Hillsborough, NC 27278<br>Phone:&nbsp; 919-245-2675<br><br>Courthouse burned 1789<br>Registrar of Deeds has Birth and Death rec from 1913<br>marriage and&nbsp;land records from 1754, divorce records from 1869<br>probate records from 1756 and court records from 1865<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, North Carolina. Page 511 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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[http://www.nccourts.org/County/Onslow/Default.asp Orange County&nbsp; Courthouse]<br>200 S Cameron St<br>Hillsborough, NC 27278<br>Phone:&nbsp; 919-245-2675<br><br>Courthouse burned 1789<br>Registrar of Deeds has Birth and Death rec from 1913<br>marriage and&nbsp;land records from 1754, divorce records from 1869<br>probate records from 1756 and court records from 1865<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, North Carolina. Page 511 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br><br> '''Register of Deeds'''<br> PO Box 8181<br> Hillsborough, NC 27278<br> Telephone: 919-245-2676<br> Fax: 919-644-3018<br> [http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/register_of_deeds/index.php Website]<br> <br> '''Clerk of Superior Court'''<br> 106 E Margaret Lane <br> Hillsborough, NC 27278<br> Telephone: (919) 644-4500<br> <br>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1752'''--Orange County was created from [[Bladen County, North Carolina|Bladen]], [[Granville County, North Carolina|Granville]] and [[Johnston County, North Carolina|Johnston]] Counties.<br>'''County seat''': Hillsborough <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1752'''--Orange County was created from [[Bladen County, North Carolina|Bladen]], [[Granville County, North Carolina|Granville]] and [[Johnston County, North Carolina|Johnston]] Counties.<br>'''County seat''': Hillsborough <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes ====
 
==== Boundary Changes ====
  
[http://www.ncgenealogy101.com/maps/ "Rotating Formation of North Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the North Carolina Genealogy 101 website. The maps rely on [http://www.goldbug.com/store/animap3.html AniMap 3.0] software.
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For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/northcarolina/ "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
 
 
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1781--'''Some records were lost/destroyed when they were buried to avoid destruction by Cornwallis during the Revolutionary War.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
[[Image:Ncorange.png|thumb|right|400px|Ncorange.png]]  
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[[Image:Ncorange.png|thumb|right|250px|Ncorange.png]]  
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="24%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="24%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="24%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=29&GScnty=1718&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|466174|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=29&CScnty=1718 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://ncgenweb.us/nc/orange/churches-cemeteries/ NCGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Orange+North+Carolina&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=North%20Carolina&county=Orange&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/orange/orangecemetery.htm NCGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/northcarolina/orange.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/orng/index.htm North Carolina Cemeteries]
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Family Histories  ====
 
==== Family Histories  ====
  
*'''[Clendenin]''' White, Jo White. "Clendenin of Orange County, North Carolina: An Exercise in Southern Genealogical Problem Solving," ''The Genealogist'', Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall 1985):186-190.  
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*'''Clendenin''' - White, Jo White. "Clendenin of Orange County, North Carolina: An Exercise in Southern Genealogical Problem Solving," ''The Genealogist'', Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall 1985):186-190.  
*'''[Thompson]''' Buchanan, Jane Gray. ''Thomas Thompson and Ann Finney of Colonial Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Lawrence, Closs, and John Thompson. Allied Lines of Finney, McAllister, Buchanan, and Hart.'' Oak Ridge, Tenn.: J.G. Buchanan, 1987. {{FHL|541534|item|disp=FHL Collection}}.
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*'''Thompson''' - Buchanan, Jane Gray. ''Thomas Thompson and Ann Finney of Colonial Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Lawrence, Closs, and John Thompson. Allied Lines of Finney, McAllister, Buchanan, and Hart.'' Oak Ridge, Tenn.: J.G. Buchanan, 1987. {{FHL|541534|item|disp=FHL Collection}}.
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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* [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2540759?availability=Boise%20Idaho%20Family%20History%20Center The age of Orange : political and intellectual leadership in North Carolina, 1752-1861]
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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===== Revolutionary War =====
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*'''1779 - 1782''' - {{RecordSearch|1498361|North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers 1779-1782}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.  
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'''Online Records'''
 
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932376|North Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932416|North Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1885 - 1953''' - {{RecordSearch|1911763|North Carolina, Confederate Soldiers and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1953}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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:-[[1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry,usually known as the Bethel Regiment.|1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, usually known as the Bethel Regiment.]]  
 
:-[[1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry,usually known as the Bethel Regiment.|1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, usually known as the Bethel Regiment.]]  
 
:-[[1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]  
 
:-[[1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]  
 
:-[[6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]  
 
:-[[6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]  
:-[[11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]
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:-[[11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]  
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:-[[11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]], Company G<br>
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:-[[13th Battalion, North Carolina Infantry|13th Battalion, North Carolina Infantry]], Company A<br>
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:-[[1st Brigade, North Carolina Reserves - Confederate|1st Brigade, North Carolina Reserves]], Company I<br>
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:-[[1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]], Company D<br>
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:-[[1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry,usually known as the Bethel Regiment.|1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry,usually known as the Bethel Regiment]], Company D<br>
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:-[[1st Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves|1st Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves]], Company I<br>
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:-[[2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry|2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry]], Company K<br>
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:-[[3rd Battalion, North Carolina Senior Reserves|3rd Battalion, North Carolina Senior Reserves]], Captain Mark Durham's Company<br>
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:-[[3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery|3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery]], 2nd Company G<br>
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:-[[6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]], Company B<br>
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:-[[6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]], Company C<br>
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*'''1917 - 1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2568864|North Carolina, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== World War II =====
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*'''1940 - 1948''' - {{RecordSearch|2053639|North Carolina, Discharge and Statement of Service Records, 1940-1948}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
 
*[http://digitalnc.org/collections/newspapers/black-ink-black-student-movement-university-north-carolina-chapel-hill UNC Black Student Movement Newspapers (1969-1981)] -- available from the NC Digital Heritage Center  
 
*[http://digitalnc.org/collections/newspapers/black-ink-black-student-movement-university-north-carolina-chapel-hill UNC Black Student Movement Newspapers (1969-1981)] -- available from the NC Digital Heritage Center  
*[http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/index.html North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project], North Carolina State Archives.&nbsp;&nbsp;Search full text newspapers published in Hillsboro.
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*[http://exhibits.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/index.html North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project], North Carolina State Archives.&nbsp;&nbsp;Search full text newspapers published in Hillsboro.
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
*'''Pre-1790''' - [http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx Pre-1790 {{PAGENAME}} Wills] stored at the North Carolina State Archives are online - free. [[North Carolina Probate Records#Proved_in_North_Carolina|Website tips]].
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''Online Probate Records''
 
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*'''1660 - 1790''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4197 North Carolina Will Abstracts 1660-1790] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*'''1752-1946''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books 1 to 13 and A to M (1752-1946)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
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*'''1663 - 1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1911121|North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1665 - 1998''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9061 North Carolina Wills and Probate Records 1665-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1735 - 1970''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|North Carolina Probate Records 1735-1970}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
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*'''1760 - 1800''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3945 North Carolina Will Abstracts 1760-1800] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images
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*'''Pre-1790'''&nbsp;&nbsp; - [http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx Pre-1790 {{PAGENAME}} Wills] stored at the North Carolina State Archives are online - free. [[North Carolina Probate Records#Proved_in_North_Carolina|Website tips]].
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*'''1752 - 1946''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books 1 to 13 and A to M (1752-1946)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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*'''1800 - 2000''' - {{RecordSearch|1949336|North Carolina Birth Index 1800-2000}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1866 - 1964''' - {{RecordSearch|1675484|North Carolina Births and Christenings 1866-1964}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
===== Marriages =====
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===== Death Records =====
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*'''1898 - 1994''' - {{RecordSearch|1675510|North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1906 - 1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1609799|North Carolina Deaths 1906-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1908 - 2004''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8908 North Carolina Death Indexes 1908-2004] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1909 - 1975''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1121 North Carolina Death Certificates 1909-1975] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1931 - 1994''' - {{RecordSearch|1584959|North Carolina Deaths 1931-1994}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
*'''1851-1962''' - Orange County Marriage Books 1 thru 6 Index 1851-1936 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/9/91/Iginorthcarolinag.pdf.</ref> [[Category:IGIcheck]]
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===== Divorce Records =====
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*'''1958 - 2004''' -[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1115 North Carolina Divorce Index 1958-2004] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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===== Marriages  =====
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*'''1741 - 2004''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8909 North Carolina Marriage Index 1741-2004] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1759 - 1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1675514|North Carolina Marriages 1759-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1762 - 1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1726957|North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1763 - 1868''' - {{RecordSearch|2524877|North Carolina, Civil Marriages, 1763-1868}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
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[[Category:IGIcheck]]
  
 
==== Yearbooks  ====
 
==== Yearbooks  ====
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== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
  
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'''The Durham-Orange Genealogical Society of North Carolina'''<br> PO Box 4703<br> Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4703<br> [http://dogsnc.org/ Website]<br><br>
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Durham North Carolina Family History Center]]
 
*[[Durham North Carolina Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
 
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/northcarolina/orange-county/ Orange County, NC History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/orange/ NCGenWeb: Orange County] - part of the USGenWeb Project  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/orange/ NCGenWeb: Orange County] - part of the USGenWeb Project  
*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Orange|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Orange|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/orange.htm USGenWeb Orange County Archives] - many additional genealogical records of all kinds
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/orange.htm USGenWeb Orange County Archives] - many additional genealogical records of all kinds
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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Latest revision as of 18:20, 3 October 2017

United States
North Carolina
Orange County

Guide to Orange County, North Carolina ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Orange County, North Carolina
Map
Map of North Carolina highlighting Orange County
Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1752
County Seat Hillsborough
Courthouse
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Orange County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1913
1779
1913
1790
1752
1752

Orange County  Courthouse
200 S Cameron St
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone:  919-245-2675

Courthouse burned 1789
Registrar of Deeds has Birth and Death rec from 1913
marriage and land records from 1754, divorce records from 1869
probate records from 1756 and court records from 1865[1]

Register of Deeds
PO Box 8181
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Telephone: 919-245-2676
Fax: 919-644-3018
Website

Clerk of Superior Court
106 E Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Telephone: (919) 644-4500

History

Orange County NC was created out of parts of Bladen, Granville, and Johnston counties in 1752. At that time, it comprised a large section of the middle of the NC colony, extending halfway from the VA line to the SC line. It was named for the infant William V of Orange. His mother Anne, who was a daughter of King George II of England, was the dowager princess of the Dutch Republic.

At the time that the county was formed, there were 5 Native American tribes living in the area.

As other counties were created out of parts of Orange’s territory, these counties were created wholly out of Old Orange: Chatham (1771), Caswell (1777) and Person (created out of Caswell in 1791), and Alamance (1849). Other sections of the old county were combined with parts of other counties to create: Guilford (1771) –which gave birth in turn to Randolph (1779) and Rockingham (1785) — Wake (1771), Durham (1881), and Lee (1907). After all of this, Orange County was just a fraction of its original size.

Parent County

1752--Orange County was created from Bladen, Granville and Johnston Counties.
County seat: Hillsborough [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1781--Some records were lost/destroyed when they were buried to avoid destruction by Cornwallis during the Revolutionary War.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Ncorange.png

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
NCGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NCGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
North Carolina Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information.

Census

For tips on accessing Orange County, North Carolina Genealogy census records online, see: North Carolina Census.

Church Records

Baptist
  • Rocky River, near Siler City, N.C. Organized about 1757.[3] Now located in Chatham County.
  • South Country Line or Waters of Haw River. Constituted 1783.[4]
Church of England
  • St. Matthew's Parish. Established 1752.[5]
Presbyterian

Court

Family Histories

  • Clendenin - White, Jo White. "Clendenin of Orange County, North Carolina: An Exercise in Southern Genealogical Problem Solving," The Genealogist, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall 1985):186-190.
  • Thompson - Buchanan, Jane Gray. Thomas Thompson and Ann Finney of Colonial Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Lawrence, Closs, and John Thompson. Allied Lines of Finney, McAllister, Buchanan, and Hart. Oak Ridge, Tenn.: J.G. Buchanan, 1987. FHL Collection.

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Orange County, North Carolina Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Orange County, North Carolina Genealogy:

-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, usually known as the Bethel Regiment.
-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company G
-13th Battalion, North Carolina Infantry, Company A
-1st Brigade, North Carolina Reserves, Company I
-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company D
-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry,usually known as the Bethel Regiment, Company D
-1st Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company I
-2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company K
-3rd Battalion, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain Mark Durham's Company
-3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, 2nd Company G
-6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company B
-6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company C
World War I
World War II

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth Records
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriages

Yearbooks

Societies and Libraries 

The Durham-Orange Genealogical Society of North Carolina
PO Box 4703
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4703
Website

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, North Carolina. Page 511 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. "Rocky River Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  4. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 2:566. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  5. Donna Sherron, "North Carolina Parishes," accessed 12 October 2012. Digital version at Lost Souls Genealogy - free.
  6. "Old Eno Church and Cemetery," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  7. "Hawfields Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.