Orange County, Texas Genealogy

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County Courthouse

The current Orange County Courthouse, built in 1939, is the fourth courthouse to hold Orange County's offices and records.  The first courthouse was built in 1853, followed by one in 1884.  The 1898 Courthouse burned in 1937.[1]

Orange County Courthouse
801 W Division Ave
Orange, TX 77630-6353
(409) 670-0263
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. 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.


Parent County

1852--Orange County was created 5 February 1852 from Jefferson County. County seat: Orange [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1898--Orange County Courthouse destroyed by fire, April 14, 1898.  All county records were stored in a vault and were not harmed by the fire. [3]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Bridge City | Orange | Pinehurst | Vidor | West Orange

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories






Vital Records

  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
    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

Web Sites

Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site


  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. - Orange, TX Courthouse Fire, Apr 1898