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Orange County, North Carolina History

When was Orange County, NC Created?
Orange County was created on 1752 from Johnston County, Bladen County and Granville County. This county was named for William V, Prince of Orange (1748–1806), the last Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic.

What is the County Seat of Orange County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Hillsborough also, the county government website is unknown.

What counties are adjacent to Orange County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Person County (northeast), Durham County (east), Chatham County (south), Alamance County (west), Caswell County (northwest) .

What cities and towns are in Orange County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Carrboro, ChapelHill, Hillsborough, Mebane.

Orange County, NC Vital Records

Where can find Orange County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Orange 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 Orange County Register of Deeds (ROD) office. Divorce certificates may be obtained from the  Orange County clerk of court.

You can search online for Orange 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

Orange County, NC Census Records

What Orange 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 1790 (incomplete), 1800 (incomplete), 1810 (incomplete), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Orange Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Orange Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Orange 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

Orange County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Orange County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Orange County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Orange County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. Some County Courthouse records destroyed when buried in woods to avoid capture or destruction by Cornwallis in 1781

Old Orange County Courthouse

Orange County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Orange County, NC?
A list of Orange 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 Orange County, NC Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Orange County, NC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Orange 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.

Orange Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Orange Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Orange Co. NC General and History Websites

Orange Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Orange Co. NC Military Records

Orange Co. NC Schools & Directories

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