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Guide to '''Orange County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Adopted by TXGenWeb Orange County<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Shirley Cullum &amp; Elaine Stone
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.co.orange.tx.us/ Orange County Courthouse]<br> 801 W Division Street; PO Box 1536<br> Orange, TX 77631<br> Phone: 409.882.7055&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth records from 1878, death records <br>from 1903, marriage, land and probate records from 1852, <br>military records from 1898 and court records from 1896; <br>District Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, Texas. Page 671 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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The current Orange County Courthouse, built in 1937<ref>"3000 Persons Present for Orange County Courthouse Dedication," in the Port Arthur News, 19 Nov 1937</ref>, is the fourth courthouse to hold Orange County's offices and records.&nbsp; The first courthouse was built in 1853.&nbsp; The second courthouse, built in 1884 burned in 1898. The 1898 Courthouse was the county's third courthouse.
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[http://www.co.orange.tx.us/ Orange County Government Website]
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[http://www.co.orange.tx.us/countyclerk/online_search.htm Orange County Clerk's Office Website]
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''Inventory of the county archives of Texas: Orange County, no. 181.'' Inventory of records of Orange County housed in the Orange County Courthouse as of 1936-1937. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25261 Digital book online] from The Portal to Texas History.
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''Inventory of county records: Orange County Courthouse, Orange, Texas,'' 1979. Inventory of records of Orange County housed in the Orange County Courthouse in Orange, Texas; begins with an introduction and explanation of the roles of various county government offices. Inventory describes the records of the Commissioners' Court, County Clerk, County Court, District Clerk, District Attorney, Justice of the Peace, Sheriff, Tax Assessor-Collector, County Treasurer, and Auditor. Also provides a list of Orange County records and an index. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25186 Digital book online] from The Portal to Texas History.<br>
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Orange County; 801 W Division St; PO Box 1536; Orange, TX 77631; Ph. 409.882.7055 Details: (Co Clk has b rec from 1878, d rec from 1903, m, land &amp; pro rec from 1852, mil rec from 1898 &amp; ct rec from 1896; Dis Clk has div rec)
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1852--'''Orange County was created 5 February 1852 from Jefferson County. '''County seat:''' Orange <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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'''1852--'''Orange County was created 5 February 1852 from [[Jefferson County, Texas|Jefferson]] County. '''County seat:''' Orange <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1898'''--Orange County Courthouse, built in 1884, destroyed by fire, April 14, 1898.&nbsp; All county records were stored in a vault and were not harmed by the fire. <ref>GenDisasters.com - Orange, TX Courthouse Fire, Apr 1898 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17708/orange-tx-orange-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1898</ref>
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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Bridge City | Orange | Pinehurst | Vidor | West Orange
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Calcasieu_Parish,_Louisiana|Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana]]
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*[[Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana|Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana]]  
*[[Cameron_Parish,_Louisiana|Cameron Parish, Louisiana]]
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*[[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron Parish, Louisiana]]  
*[[Hardin_County,_Texas|Hardin]]
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*[[Hardin County, Texas|Hardin]]  
*[[Jasper_County,_Texas|Jasper]]
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*[[Jasper County, Texas|Jasper]]  
*[[Jefferson_County,_Texas|Jefferson]]
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*[[Jefferson County, Texas|Jefferson]]  
*[[Newton_County,_Texas|Newton]]
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*[[Newton County, Texas|Newton]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102412 Forest Lawn Memorial Park, West Orange] BillionGraves
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/landabs.html Orange County Land Title Abstracts] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*''Gateway to Texas: the History of Orange and Orange County,'' 1988, by Howard C. Williams. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39146/m1 Read the book online] from The Portal to Texas History.
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hco03 Orange County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88879 Orange County 1862 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.
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*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88880 Orange County 1880 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.
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*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88881 Orange County 1886 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.
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*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88882 Orange County 1895 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.
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*Aerial Views of Orange County, 1948-1950s:&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth36817 1], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth37251 2], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth37324 3], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth37391 4], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth37408 5], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth36708 6] from The Portal to Texas History.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
==== Newspapers ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Orange}}
  
==== Probate ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
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===== Births  =====
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*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/births.html Orange County Births 1905-1925] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.<br>
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===== Marriages  =====
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*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/marriages/marriages.html Orange County Marriages 1951-1971] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.<br>
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===== Deaths  =====
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*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/deaths.html Orange County Deaths 1903-1984] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.
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*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/cremations.html Orange County Cremations and Donations to Science] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Orange Texas Family History Center]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193836&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Orange&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txorange/ Orange County TXGenWeb site] history, information, lists, links and other Orange County information.  
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Orange|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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County Courthouse

Orange County Courthouse
801 W Division Street; PO Box 1536
Orange, TX 77631
Phone: 409.882.7055 

County Clerk has birth records from 1878, death records
from 1903, marriage, land and probate records from 1852,
military records from 1898 and court records from 1896;
District Clerk has divorce records[1]


The current Orange County Courthouse, built in 1937[2], is the fourth courthouse to hold Orange County's offices and records.  The first courthouse was built in 1853.  The second courthouse, built in 1884 burned in 1898. The 1898 Courthouse was the county's third courthouse.

Orange County Government Website

Orange County Clerk's Office Website

Inventory of the county archives of Texas: Orange County, no. 181. Inventory of records of Orange County housed in the Orange County Courthouse as of 1936-1937. Digital book online from The Portal to Texas History.

Inventory of county records: Orange County Courthouse, Orange, Texas, 1979. Inventory of records of Orange County housed in the Orange County Courthouse in Orange, Texas; begins with an introduction and explanation of the roles of various county government offices. Inventory describes the records of the Commissioners' Court, County Clerk, County Court, District Clerk, District Attorney, Justice of the Peace, Sheriff, Tax Assessor-Collector, County Treasurer, and Auditor. Also provides a list of Orange County records and an index. Digital book online from The Portal to Texas History.

Orange County; 801 W Division St; PO Box 1536; Orange, TX 77631; Ph. 409.882.7055 Details: (Co Clk has b rec from 1878, d rec from 1903, m, land & pro rec from 1852, mil rec from 1898 & ct rec from 1896; Dis Clk has div rec)

History

Parent County

1852--Orange County was created 5 February 1852 from Jefferson County. County seat: Orange [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1898--Orange County Courthouse, built in 1884, destroyed by fire, April 14, 1898.  All county records were stored in a vault and were not harmed by the fire. [4]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Bridge City | Orange | Pinehurst | Vidor | West Orange

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

Land

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Orange County, Texas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas Local Histories.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Orange County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Probate

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Taxation

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Births
Marriages
Deaths

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, Texas. Page 671 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "3000 Persons Present for Orange County Courthouse Dedication," in the Port Arthur News, 19 Nov 1937
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. GenDisasters.com - Orange, TX Courthouse Fire, Apr 1898 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17708/orange-tx-orange-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1898

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