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''[[United States|United States]] > [[California|California]] > Orange County {{Adoption Genealogical Society North Orange County California}}''  
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[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Orange County'''  
  
<br> ''[[Image:891px-Map of California highlighting Orange County.PNG|right|300px]]''
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Birth'''</center>
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*'''Parent county''' (before 11 March 1898 ): [[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles County]]
  
*[http://egov.ocgov.com/portal/site/ocgov/ Orange County California Government]
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*Orange County, California '''residents''' may also have records in<br>'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles]] &#124; [[San Diego County, California|San Diego]] &#124; [[Riverside County, California|Riverside]] &#124; [[San Bernardino County, California|San Bernardino]]
  
The Courthouse is not a recommended source for Genealogical Data.  
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/orange/ Orange County, California GenWeb]<br>
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*[http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm Early California Population Project]<br>
  
The County Recorder is where most vital record and land records are housed, but most of the vital records are now protected by California law, and the Recorder would be of little help.
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For records prior to 1960:
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Orange County
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| county_map = 891px-Map of California highlighting Orange County.PNG
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| state = California
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| founded year = 1889
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| founded date = March 11
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| seat wl = Santa Ana
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| building image = Old_Orange_County_CA_Courthouse.JPG‎
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| building address = Old County Courthouse<br>211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.<br>Santa Ana, California, 92701<br>(714) 834-2536
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| web = egov.ocgov.com/portal/site/ocgov/
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| named to = attract east coast settlers with a name that reflected the climate.
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| adoption_sign = Adoption Genealogical Society North Orange County California
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[http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Clerk-Recorder%20-%20Tom%20Daly/Orange%20County%20Archives Orange County Archives], Jean O. Pasco, Director<br>Old Orange County Courthouse Room 101<br>211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.<br>Santa Ana, California, 92701 (714) 834-2536
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=== County History  ===
  
=== Family History Centers ===
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==== European Discovery and Mission Period ====
  
[[Orange California Family History Center|Orange Large Multi-Stake Family History Center]] (Formerly Orange Regional Family History Center)  
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Gaspar de Portola and a party of sixty-two men first entered what is now Orange County on July 22, 1769.<ref name="centennial">Cramer, Esther R. ''A Hundred Years of Yesterdays: A Centennial History of the People of Orange County and Their Communities.'' (Santa Ana: Orange County Centennial, Inc.,1988), 19</ref> Orange County’s only mission, San Juan Capistrano, was founded in 1776. During the Mission Period the area was under the military jurisdiction of the presidio at San Diego and under the rule of Spain. The Mission Period ended following the Secularization Act of 1833 and, while most of the mission communities disintegrated rapidly, the village of San Juan Capistrano survived. <ref name="Cramer">Cramer, ''A Hundred Years of Yesterdays,'' 21-23</ref>
  
Located: 674 South Yorba St., Orange, California 92869 (Located in the rear of the LDS Church)
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See the wiki article [[California Land and Property|California Land and Property]] for help with locating records from this period.
  
Hours: Tuesday -Thursday 9:00 AM-9:00 PM (except 2nd Thursday when we close at 7:00 PM for Staff Meeting)<br>Friday &amp; Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM<br>Closed Sunday and Monday to the Public
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==== Rancho Days  ====
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The only Spanish grant in what is now Orange County was Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. This grant to Antonio Yorba and Pablo Peralta was a very large grant made in 1810 covering the areas to the east and south of the Santa Ana River.<ref>Cramer, ''A Hundred Years of Yesterdays,'' 25.</ref> Spain’s authority ended in1821 and grants made after this were by the Mexican government. For a detailed description of the method of land granting by the Mexicans see “Land Grant Policies an the Ranchos” by William McPherson<ref>Cramer, ''A Hundred Years of Yesterdays,'' 24-30</ref> The treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in January 1848 ended the war with Mexico and the United States acquired California along with much other territory. The United States agreed to honor the many existing Mexican land grants but many had unclear title. The Americans wanted land and some of it was purchased and some taken. <ref>Cramer, ''A Hundred Years of Yesterdays,'' 28-30</ref>
  
Closed the first two weeks of August; week of Thanksgiving; last two weeks of December.<br>Phone: (714) 997-7710
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See the wiki article [[California Land and Property|California Land and Property]] for help with locating records from this period.
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Spanish and Mexican Land grant maps can be purchased through the California Secretary of State. See the available list at [http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/collections/ussg/grant-list.htm Spanish and Mexican Land Grant Maps, 1855–1875.]
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==== Formation of Orange County  ====
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When California became a state in 1850, the area of what is now Orange County became part of Los Angeles County. As the area grew, dissatisfaction with the distance from the governing seat of Los Angeles grew as did interest in separating from Los Angeles County. In 1889, at the time of creation of the county, there were only three incorporated cities, Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Orange.<ref>Cramer, ''A Hundred Years of Yesterdays,'' 36-37.</ref>&nbsp; Oranges were not common in this county at the time that the suggestion of Orange County was made in 1871. “…to encourage immigration, the area was boomed by real estate promoters as a semi-tropical paradise—a place where anything could grow… The name orange has a Mediterranean flavor about it, so for that reason it was selected to suggest our climate…By 1889, after a devastating blight wiped out the grape industry, oranges had indeed become our most promising crop, even if they were not responsible per se for the county’s naming” <ref>Cramer, ''A Hundred Years of Yesterdays,'' 39.</ref><br>  
  
 
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Orange is the third largest county by population, preceeded by (1)[[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles]] and (2)[[San Diego County, California|San Diego]] Counties, according to the [http://www.counties.org/ California State Association of Counties]  
 
Orange is the third largest county by population, preceeded by (1)[[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles]] and (2)[[San Diego County, California|San Diego]] Counties, according to the [http://www.counties.org/ California State Association of Counties]  
  
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Anaheim, the home of Disneyland, is the most populated city in Orange County.&nbsp; It was first settled by Germans in 1854 who named the city. It was incorporated in 1857. The name refers to the fact that it is the "home" of the Santa "Ana" River. The northern part of the county is heavily populated and the southern area is growing rapidly.  
 
Anaheim, the home of Disneyland, is the most populated city in Orange County.&nbsp; It was first settled by Germans in 1854 who named the city. It was incorporated in 1857. The name refers to the fact that it is the "home" of the Santa "Ana" River. The northern part of the county is heavily populated and the southern area is growing rapidly.  
  
[http://www.cityofalisoviejo.com/ City of Aliso Viejo ]<br>[http://www.anaheim.net/article.asp?id=507 City of Anaheim ]<br>[http://www.ci.brea.ca.us/ City of Brea&nbsp;]<br>[http://buenapark.com/ City of Buena Park&nbsp;]<br>[http://www.cityofcostamesa.com/ City of Costa Mesa&nbsp;]<br>Coto de Caza - unincorporated <br>[http://www.ci.cypress.ca.us/ City of Cypress]<br>[http://www.danapoint.org/ City of Dana Point&nbsp;]<br>El Modena - unincorporated[[Image:OrangeCountyCA Map.gif|right|300px]]<br>[http://www.fountainvalley.org/ City of Fountain Valley&nbsp;]<br>[http://www.cityoffullerton.com/ City of Fullerton&nbsp;(incorporated 1904) ]<br>[http://www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us/ City of Garden Grove&nbsp;]<br>[http://www.ci.huntington-beach.ca.us/ City of Huntington Beach]<br>[http://www.ci.irvine.ca.us/ City of Irvine]&nbsp;<br>[http://www.ci.la-habra.ca.us/ City of La Habra]&nbsp;<br>[http://www.cityoflapalma.org/ City of La Palma]&nbsp;<br>[http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/ City of Laguna Beach]&nbsp; [http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ City of Laguna Hills]&nbsp; [http://www.ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us/ City of Laguna Niguel]<br>[http://www.lagunawoodscity.org/ City of Laguna Woods&nbsp;(formerly Leisure World)] <br>[http://www.lajollabythesea.com/ La Jolla]&nbsp;- unincorporated<br>City of Lake Forest&nbsp;(formerly El Toro) http://www.city-lakeforest.com/<br>City of Los Alamitos&nbsp;http://www.ci.los-alamitos.ca.us/<br>City of Mission Viejo&nbsp;http://cityofmissionviejo.org/<br>City of Newport Beach&nbsp;http://www.city.newport-beach.ca.us/<br>City of Orange&nbsp;(incorporated 1888) http://www.cityoforange.org/<br>City of Placentia&nbsp;http://www.placentia.org/<br>City of Rancho Santa Margarita<br>Rossmoor - unincorporated<br>City of San Clemente&nbsp;http://san-clemente.org/sc/News.aspx?PageID=1<br>City of San Juan Capistrano&nbsp;http://www.sanjuancapistrano.org/<br>City of Santa Ana&nbsp;(founded 1869) http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/<br>City of Seal Beach&nbsp;http://www.ci.seal-beach.ca.us/<br>City of Stanton&nbsp;http://www.ci.stanton.ca.us/<br>City of Tustin&nbsp;http://www.tustinca.org/<br>City of Villa Park&nbsp;http://www.villapark.org/<br>City of Westminster&nbsp;http://www.ci.westminster.ca.us/<br>City of Yorba Linda&nbsp;http://www.ci.yorba-linda.ca.us/
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*[http://www.cityofalisoviejo.com/ City of Aliso Viejo]
  
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*[http://www.lagunawoodscity.org/ City of Laguna Woods&nbsp;(formerly Leisure World)]
  
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*[http://www.anaheim.net/index.asp City of Anaheim&nbsp; ]incorporated 1878.
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*[http://www.ci.brea.ca.us/ City of Brea&nbsp; ]incorporated 1917
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*[http://buenapark.com/ City of Buena Park&nbsp; ]incorporated 1953
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*[http://www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us/ City of Costa Mesa&nbsp; ]incorporated 1953
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*[http://cityofmissionviejo.org/ City of Mission Viejo]&nbsp; incorporated 1988
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*[http://www.city.newport-beach.ca.us/ City of Newport Beach]&nbsp; incorporated 1906
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*[http://www.ci.cypress.ca.us/ City of Cypress] incorporated 1956
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*[http://www.cityoforange.org/ City of Orange]<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>incorporated 1888
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*[http://www.ci.la-habra.ca.us/ City of La Habra] incorporated 1925
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*[http://www.cityoflapalma.org/ City of La Palma] incorporated 1955
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*[http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/ City of Laguna Beach]
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*[http://www.villapark.org/ City of Villa Park&nbsp;] incorporated 1962
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*[http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ City of Laguna Hills]
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*[http://www.ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us/ City of Laguna Niguel]
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*[http://www.ci.yorba-linda.ca.us/ City of Yorba Linda]&nbsp;incorporated 1967
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== Resources  ==
 
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=== Archives and Libraries ===
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=== County Courthouse ===
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*[http://egov.ocgov.com/portal/site/ocgov/ Orange County California Government]
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The Courthouse is not a recommended source for Genealogical Data.
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The County Recorder is where most vital record and land records are housed, but most of the vital records are now protected by California law, and the Recorder would be of little help.
  
 
For records prior to 1960:  
 
For records prior to 1960:  
  
[http://www.ocrecorder.com/archives/ArchMain.asp Orange County Archives], Jean O. Pasco, Director<br>Old Orange County Courthouse Room 101<br>211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.<br>Santa Ana, CA, 92701<br>(714) 834-2536  
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[http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Clerk-Recorder%20-%20Tom%20Daly/Orange%20County%20Archives Orange County Archives], Jean O. Pasco, Director<br>Old Orange County Courthouse Room 101<br>211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.<br>Santa Ana, California, 92701 (714) 834-2536<br>
  
[http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/Government/Departments/Library/books_computers_research/genealogy_links.cfm Huntington Beach Central Library]<br>7111 Talbert Ave<br>Huntington Beach, CA 92648<br>Phone: (714) 842-4481, Ext. 2227<br>GENEALOGY DEPARTMENT<br>The Library’s collection of over 18,000 genealogical books is maintained by the Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS). The Genealogy collection is housed at the Central Library and is for reference use only (items cannot be checked out). The public is welcome to attend general membership meetings which are held the first Saturday of each month (except for June and December) at the Central Library. For more information, please visit [http://www.occgs.com http://www.occgs.com]<br>
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=== Census  ===
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The first census in which you will find Orange County is the 1900 US Population Schedule. Orange County census records include 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 (coming in April 2012).
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Cities and unincorporated areas in present-day Orange County are included with the County of Los Angeles for the US Population Schedules 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880.  
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Industry and Agriculture Schedules exist for Los Angeles County including the areas of Orange County for the years 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880.
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Mortality Schedules also exist for Los Angeles County including the areas of Orange County for the years 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880.  
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The state of California took one state census in 1852 which includes the areas of Orange County as part of Los Angeles County. This census images are available through Ancestry.com $ and a name index is avaliable through FamilySearch.org, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1771089 California, State Census, 1852]  
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
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Many of these cemetery interments are recorded in [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=212 FindaGrave] and [http://interment.net Interment.net].  
 
Many of these cemetery interments are recorded in [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=212 FindaGrave] and [http://interment.net Interment.net].  
  
[http://www.oc.ca.gov/cemetery/locate.htm The Orange County Cemtery District] operates four formerly private cemeteries; Anaheim Cemtery, [http://www.interment.net/data/us/ca/orange/eltoro/index.htm El Toro Memorial Park], Santa Ana Cemetery, Magnolia Memorial Park.  
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[http://www.oc.ca.gov/cemetery/locate.htm The Orange County Cemetery District] operates four formerly private cemeteries; Anaheim Cemtery, [http://www.interment.net/data/us/ca/orange/eltoro/index.htm El Toro Memorial Park], Santa Ana Cemetery, Magnolia Memorial Park.  
  
 
[http://www.occatholiccemeteries.org/ Catholic Diocese Cemeteries]  
 
[http://www.occatholiccemeteries.org/ Catholic Diocese Cemeteries]  
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=== Church History and Records  ===
 
=== Church History and Records  ===
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records
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==== Roman Catholic<br>  ====
  
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The first Catholic missions were organized in 1769. Most of the mission records begin in 1770 and are on film. The Family History Library and the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley have extensive collections of the early records. For the index to these records, see:
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*[[Orange California Family History Center|Orange Regional]]&nbsp;<br>(714) 997 7710
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=== Court History and Records ===
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Temple, Thomas W. An Alphabetical Listing of the California Mission Vital Records. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1985. FHL Collection 1307621 item 4; fiche 6047009
  
The main courthouse is at 700 Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana, California. There are three branch courts but even more locations. North Court is in Fullerton. West Court is in Westminster. Harbor Court has locations in Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel and Laguna Hills.&nbsp; The Lamoreaux Justice Center is in Orange.
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The following sources may help you find Catholic mission records:
  
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Weber, Francis J. A Select Guide to California Catholic History. Los Angeles, California: Westernlore Press, 1966. FHL Collection 979.4 K21c<br> Bowman, J.N. "The Parochial Books of the California Missions, 1961," The Quarterly (Historical Society of Southern California)], Vol. 43, No. 3. FHL Collection 979.4 B2s<br> Barton, Noel R. "Genealogical Research in the Records of the California Missions," Genealogical Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1. FHL Collection 973 D25gj v. 3-4 (1974-1975)
  
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Many original mission records and other Catholic records have been gathered into central repositories. These include: <br>
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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens website features the [http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm Early California Population Project (ECPP)] which provides public access to all the information contained in California's historic mission registers. Records include baptism, marriage and burial records for each of the California missions including the San Juan Capitstrano Mission in Orange County. Records include information on Indians, soldiers, and settlers of Alta California from 1769-1850. <br>
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The Diocese of Orange<br>2811 East Villa Real Drive<br>Orange, CA 92867-1999<br>Phone: (714) 282-3000
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Mailing Address<br>P.O. Box 14195<br>Orange, CA 92863-1595 <br>
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The main courthouse is at 700 Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana, California. There are three branch courts but even more locations. North Court is in Fullerton. West Court is in Westminster. Harbor Court has locations in Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel and Laguna Hills.&nbsp; The Lamoreaux Justice Center is in Orange.
  
 
=== History  ===
 
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*The History of Orange County California with Bigraphical Sketches; Samuel Armour, supervising Editor; Historic Record Company,Los Angeles, CA, 1911 (FHL US/CAN Film 1000115 Item 1)  
 
*The History of Orange County California with Bigraphical Sketches; Samuel Armour, supervising Editor; Historic Record Company,Los Angeles, CA, 1911 (FHL US/CAN Film 1000115 Item 1)  
 
*History of Orange County California; Mrs. J.E. Pleasants; J.R. Finnell &amp; Sons Publishing Co, Los Angeles, CA; 1931 (FHL US/CAN Fiche 6209824 )
 
*History of Orange County California; Mrs. J.E. Pleasants; J.R. Finnell &amp; Sons Publishing Co, Los Angeles, CA; 1931 (FHL US/CAN Fiche 6209824 )
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=== Immigration  ===
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F619734 Naturalization records, 1889-1944 Orange County (California)]. County Clerk, at FamilySearch.org<br>
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1849628 California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index, 1915-1976] at FamilySearch.org<br>
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Also see information in the&nbsp; [[California Emigration and Immigration|California Emigration and Immigration]] wiki article. <br>
  
 
=== Land and Property  ===
 
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Spanish and Mexican Land grant maps can be purchased through the California Secretary of State. See the available list at [http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/collections/ussg/grant-list.htm Spanish and Mexican Land Grant Maps, 1855–1875].<br>
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See the wiki article [[California Land and Property|California Land and Property]] for help with locating records from the early period of the area of Orange County.<br>
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1041955 Orange County, California, declarations of homesteads, 1889-1926&nbsp;; index, 1890-1926] through FamilySearch.org<br>
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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[http://www.cagenweb.com/orange/mapsofoc.html Orange County GenWeb maps of Orange County]<br>
  
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
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[http://www.cwrtorangecounty-ca.org/ Civil War Roundtable of Orange County California] is a local organization interested in the study of the Civil War and preservation of its battlefields and historic sites with a particular interest in Orange County, California.&nbsp; Their website includes [http://www.cwrtorangecounty-ca.org/THE%20CIVIL%20WAR%20LEGACY%20OF%20ORANGE%20COUNTY.htm ''The Civil War Legacy of Orange County''] and [http://www.cwrtorangecounty-ca.org/Grave%20Registration.html ''Orange County Civil War Grave Registration.'']
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The site [http://www.santaanahistory.com/ ''Santa Ana History''] includes additional information about [http://www.santaanahistory.com/civil-war.html ''Civil War Veterans Graves of Orange County, California.'']
  
 
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The County is served by the Orange County Register and the Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times. [[Orange California Family History Center|The Orange Family History Center has]] a collection of Microfilmed L.A. Times archives (incomplete) and there are additional collections at the ''University of California, Irvine'', and ''California State University, Fullerton''  
 
The County is served by the Orange County Register and the Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times. [[Orange California Family History Center|The Orange Family History Center has]] a collection of Microfilmed L.A. Times archives (incomplete) and there are additional collections at the ''University of California, Irvine'', and ''California State University, Fullerton''  
  
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There are many community based newspapers as well some of which are available at [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=California&county=Orange&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America.] Orange County area newspapers are also available at Chronicling America for the years [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=California&county=Los+Angeles&city=&year1=1690&year2=1900&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 prior to 1900 under Los Angeles. ]<br>
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
[http://www.ocgov.com/recorder/vitproc.htm Guidelines For Ordering Vital Records] to visit the County site for vital records  
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[http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Services/Certificates,%20Registration%20&%20Licenses Guidelines For Ordering Vital Records] to visit the County site for vital records  
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[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/CAResearch_BirMar.php CSGA CA Research Aid - Birth and Marriage Records]<br>
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[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/CAResearch_Death.php CSGA CA Research Aid - Death Records]<br>
  
 
Due to identity theft, California Law now restricts vital records access to immediate family. The Orange Regional Family History Center has access to state-wide databases of Births, Deaths, Marriages and voter registrations. These were compiled before the change in California law, and are not complete. Birth is available to 1986 Death to 1993 Voter registration to 1993 There are also marriage records available at [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm The Western States Marriages at Brigham Young University-Idaho]  
 
Due to identity theft, California Law now restricts vital records access to immediate family. The Orange Regional Family History Center has access to state-wide databases of Births, Deaths, Marriages and voter registrations. These were compiled before the change in California law, and are not complete. Birth is available to 1986 Death to 1993 Voter registration to 1993 There are also marriage records available at [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm The Western States Marriages at Brigham Young University-Idaho]  
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Orange County GenWeb Vital Records&nbsp; [http://www.cagenweb.com/orange/oldvitalsbykerryhallas.html MARRIAGES, BIRTHS, DEATHS FROM THE SANTA ANA REGISTER submitted by Kerry Hallas]<br>
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932433 California, Death Index, 1905-1939] browse
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1949339 California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985]
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Ancestry.com $ has the following collections of vital records that include Orange County.
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*California Birth Index, 1905-1995
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*California Marriage Index, 1960-1985
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*California Death Index, 1940-1997
  
 
=== Voter Registration  ===
 
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*1991-1992 California Property Owners
 
*1991-1992 California Property Owners
  
== Societies, Libraries and Museums  ==
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Available at Ancestry.com $
  
*[http://www.occgs.com/ Orange County California Genealogical Society]  
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California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968
*[http://www.gsnocc.org Genealogical Society of North Orange County, California]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs/ South Orange County California Genealogical Society]  
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=== Archives, Libraries and Museums  ===
*[[Orange California Family History Center|Orange&nbsp;Large Family History Center]]  
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*[http://www.ocnai.org/ Native American Institute]<br>
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[http://www.ocrecorder.com/archives/ArchMain.asp Orange County Archives], Jean O. Pasco, Director<br>Old Orange County Courthouse Room 101<br>211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.<br>Santa Ana, CA, 92701<br>(714) 834-2536
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[http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/Government/Departments/Library/books_computers_research/genealogy_links.cfm Huntington Beach Central Library]<br>7111 Talbert Ave<br>Huntington Beach, CA 92648<br>Phone: (714) 842-4481, Ext. 2227<br>GENEALOGY DEPARTMENT<br>The Library’s collection of over 18,000 genealogical books is maintained by the Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS). The Genealogy collection is housed at the Central Library and is for reference use only (items cannot be checked out). The public is welcome to attend general membership meetings which are held the first Saturday of each month (except for June and December) at the Central Library. For more information, please visit [http://www.occgs.com http://www.occgs.com]  
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[http://library.anaheim.net/Library/Default3.aspx?Folder=Title&Folder2=Heritage%20Services Anaheim Heritage Center]<br>241 S. Anaheim Blvd<br>714-765-6453
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Jane K. Newell,<br>Heritage Services Manager<br>
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[http://library.anaheim.net/Library/Default3.aspx?Folder=Title&Folder2=Historic%20Anaheim%20Photos&articleID=407 digital ANAHEIM]<br>
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A digital archive of nearly 2,000 photographs of the City of Anaheim. [http://anaheimhistoricalsociety.com/]
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[http://anaheimhistoricalsociety.com/ The Anaheim Historical Society]  
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=== FamilySearch Centers  ===
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[[Orange California Family History Center|Orange Large Multi-Stake Family History Center]] (Formerly Orange Regional Family History Center)
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Located: 674 South Yorba St., Orange, California 92869 (Located in the rear of the LDS Church)
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Closed the first two weeks of August; week of Thanksgiving; last two weeks of December.<br>Phone: (714) 997-7710
  
 
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*[[Santa Margarita California Family History Center]] (Rancho Santa Margarita)
 
*[[Santa Margarita California Family History Center]] (Rancho Santa Margarita)
  
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*[http://www.gsnocc.org Genealogical Society of North Orange County, California]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs/ South Orange County California Genealogical Society]
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*[http://www.ocnai.org/ Native American Institute]
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*[http://orange.genwebsite.net/ Orange County CAGenWeb]  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/orange/orange.html USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ca/orange/orange.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ca/orange/orange.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
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*[http://oac.cdlib.org/ Online Archive of California]
 
*{{FHL|206733|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|206733|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
  
 
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Founded March 11, 1889
County Seat Santa Ana
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211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, California, 92701
(714) 834-2536
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Contents

County History

European Discovery and Mission Period

Gaspar de Portola and a party of sixty-two men first entered what is now Orange County on July 22, 1769.[1] Orange County’s only mission, San Juan Capistrano, was founded in 1776. During the Mission Period the area was under the military jurisdiction of the presidio at San Diego and under the rule of Spain. The Mission Period ended following the Secularization Act of 1833 and, while most of the mission communities disintegrated rapidly, the village of San Juan Capistrano survived. [2]

See the wiki article California Land and Property for help with locating records from this period.

Rancho Days

The only Spanish grant in what is now Orange County was Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. This grant to Antonio Yorba and Pablo Peralta was a very large grant made in 1810 covering the areas to the east and south of the Santa Ana River.[3] Spain’s authority ended in1821 and grants made after this were by the Mexican government. For a detailed description of the method of land granting by the Mexicans see “Land Grant Policies an the Ranchos” by William McPherson[4] The treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in January 1848 ended the war with Mexico and the United States acquired California along with much other territory. The United States agreed to honor the many existing Mexican land grants but many had unclear title. The Americans wanted land and some of it was purchased and some taken. [5]

See the wiki article California Land and Property for help with locating records from this period.

Spanish and Mexican Land grant maps can be purchased through the California Secretary of State. See the available list at Spanish and Mexican Land Grant Maps, 1855–1875.

Formation of Orange County

When California became a state in 1850, the area of what is now Orange County became part of Los Angeles County. As the area grew, dissatisfaction with the distance from the governing seat of Los Angeles grew as did interest in separating from Los Angeles County. In 1889, at the time of creation of the county, there were only three incorporated cities, Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Orange.[6]  Oranges were not common in this county at the time that the suggestion of Orange County was made in 1871. “…to encourage immigration, the area was boomed by real estate promoters as a semi-tropical paradise—a place where anything could grow… The name orange has a Mediterranean flavor about it, so for that reason it was selected to suggest our climate…By 1889, after a devastating blight wiped out the grape industry, oranges had indeed become our most promising crop, even if they were not responsible per se for the county’s naming” [7]

Quick Facts

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Orange County, California

Parent County

11 March 1889: Orange County was created from Los Angeles County. County seat: Santa Ana [8]

Orange is the third largest county by population, preceeded by (1)Los Angeles and (2)San Diego Counties, according to the California State Association of Counties

Boundary Changes - none

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Anaheim, the home of Disneyland, is the most populated city in Orange County.  It was first settled by Germans in 1854 who named the city. It was incorporated in 1857. The name refers to the fact that it is the "home" of the Santa "Ana" River. The northern part of the county is heavily populated and the southern area is growing rapidly.

  • Coto de Caza - unincorporated
  • El Modena - unincorporated
  • City of Rancho Santa Margarita
  • Rossmoor - unincorporated

Neighboring Counties

Los Angeles San Bernardino San Diego

Resources

County Courthouse

The Courthouse is not a recommended source for Genealogical Data.

The County Recorder is where most vital record and land records are housed, but most of the vital records are now protected by California law, and the Recorder would be of little help.

For records prior to 1960:

Orange County Archives, Jean O. Pasco, Director
Old Orange County Courthouse Room 101
211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, California, 92701 (714) 834-2536

Census

The first census in which you will find Orange County is the 1900 US Population Schedule. Orange County census records include 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 (coming in April 2012).

Cities and unincorporated areas in present-day Orange County are included with the County of Los Angeles for the US Population Schedules 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880.

Industry and Agriculture Schedules exist for Los Angeles County including the areas of Orange County for the years 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880.

Mortality Schedules also exist for Los Angeles County including the areas of Orange County for the years 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880.

The state of California took one state census in 1852 which includes the areas of Orange County as part of Los Angeles County. This census images are available through Ancestry.com $ and a name index is avaliable through FamilySearch.org, California, State Census, 1852

Cemeteries

Many of these cemetery interments are recorded in FindaGrave and Interment.net.

The Orange County Cemetery District operates four formerly private cemeteries; Anaheim Cemtery, El Toro Memorial Park, Santa Ana Cemetery, Magnolia Memorial Park.

Catholic Diocese Cemeteries

The Orange Large Family History Center has two volumes of interment in these cemeteries as of 1999.

BillionGraves: Google maps, headstone photos, transcriptions:

Private Cemteries include:

  • Ascension Cemetery, 24754, Trabuco Road, Lake Forest, California
  • Crystal Cathedral Memorial Gardens, 12141 Lewis, Garden Grove, California
  • Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, St John's Lutheran Cemetery, 154 S. Shaffer St, Orange, California
  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4471 Lincoln, Cypress, California
  • Harbor Lawn-Mount Olive Memorial Park, 1625 Gisler, Costa Mesa, California
  • Holy Cross Cemetery, Orange and Euclid, Anaheim, California
  • Masonic Cemetery, 505 N. Sycamore, Santa Ana, California
  • Oakdale Memorial Park, 517 N. Main St, Santa Ana, California
  • Pacific View Memorial Park, 3500 Pacific View, Costa Mesa, California
  • Roselawn Gardens of Memory, 17952 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, California
  • San Juan Capistrano Mission Cemetery, San Juan Capistrano, California
  • St John's Lutheran Cemetery, 2009 Santa Clara Ave, Santa Ana, California, and 16782 Fairhaven, Santa Ana, California
  • Westminster Cemetery, 12241 Magnolia St, Garden Grove, California
  • Westminster Memorial  Park, 14801 Beach Blvd, Westminster, California

Church History and Records

Roman Catholic

The first Catholic missions were organized in 1769. Most of the mission records begin in 1770 and are on film. The Family History Library and the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley have extensive collections of the early records. For the index to these records, see:

Temple, Thomas W. An Alphabetical Listing of the California Mission Vital Records. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1985. FHL Collection 1307621 item 4; fiche 6047009

The following sources may help you find Catholic mission records:

Weber, Francis J. A Select Guide to California Catholic History. Los Angeles, California: Westernlore Press, 1966. FHL Collection 979.4 K21c
Bowman, J.N. "The Parochial Books of the California Missions, 1961," The Quarterly (Historical Society of Southern California)], Vol. 43, No. 3. FHL Collection 979.4 B2s
Barton, Noel R. "Genealogical Research in the Records of the California Missions," Genealogical Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1. FHL Collection 973 D25gj v. 3-4 (1974-1975)

Many original mission records and other Catholic records have been gathered into central repositories. These include:

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens website features the Early California Population Project (ECPP) which provides public access to all the information contained in California's historic mission registers. Records include baptism, marriage and burial records for each of the California missions including the San Juan Capitstrano Mission in Orange County. Records include information on Indians, soldiers, and settlers of Alta California from 1769-1850.

The Diocese of Orange
2811 East Villa Real Drive
Orange, CA 92867-1999
Phone: (714) 282-3000

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 14195
Orange, CA 92863-1595

Court History and Records

The main courthouse is at 700 Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana, California. There are three branch courts but even more locations. North Court is in Fullerton. West Court is in Westminster. Harbor Court has locations in Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel and Laguna Hills.  The Lamoreaux Justice Center is in Orange.

History

The greatest repositories of Local Histories are at the Orange Large Family History Center, 674 South Yorba, Orange, California, and the collection of the Orange County Genealogical Society, located at the Huntington Beach Public Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, California. Also noted is the Orange Public Library and History Center, 407 East Chapman Avenue, Orange, California (714) 288-2400

  • The History of Orange County California with Bigraphical Sketches; Samuel Armour, supervising Editor; Historic Record Company,Los Angeles, CA, 1911 (FHL US/CAN Film 1000115 Item 1)
  • History of Orange County California; Mrs. J.E. Pleasants; J.R. Finnell & Sons Publishing Co, Los Angeles, CA; 1931 (FHL US/CAN Fiche 6209824 )

Immigration

Naturalization records, 1889-1944 Orange County (California). County Clerk, at FamilySearch.org

California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index, 1915-1976 at FamilySearch.org

Also see information in the  California Emigration and Immigration wiki article.

Land and Property

Spanish and Mexican Land grant maps can be purchased through the California Secretary of State. See the available list at Spanish and Mexican Land Grant Maps, 1855–1875.

See the wiki article California Land and Property for help with locating records from the early period of the area of Orange County.

Orange County, California, declarations of homesteads, 1889-1926 ; index, 1890-1926 through FamilySearch.org

Maps

Orange County GenWeb maps of Orange County

Military History and Records

Civil War Roundtable of Orange County California is a local organization interested in the study of the Civil War and preservation of its battlefields and historic sites with a particular interest in Orange County, California.  Their website includes The Civil War Legacy of Orange County and Orange County Civil War Grave Registration.

The site Santa Ana History includes additional information about Civil War Veterans Graves of Orange County, California.

Newspapers

The County is served by the Orange County Register and the Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times. The Orange Family History Center has a collection of Microfilmed L.A. Times archives (incomplete) and there are additional collections at the University of California, Irvine, and California State University, Fullerton

There are many community based newspapers as well some of which are available at Chronicling America. Orange County area newspapers are also available at Chronicling America for the years prior to 1900 under Los Angeles.

Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Guidelines For Ordering Vital Records to visit the County site for vital records

CSGA CA Research Aid - Birth and Marriage Records

CSGA CA Research Aid - Death Records

Due to identity theft, California Law now restricts vital records access to immediate family. The Orange Regional Family History Center has access to state-wide databases of Births, Deaths, Marriages and voter registrations. These were compiled before the change in California law, and are not complete. Birth is available to 1986 Death to 1993 Voter registration to 1993 There are also marriage records available at The Western States Marriages at Brigham Young University-Idaho

Orange County GenWeb Vital Records  MARRIAGES, BIRTHS, DEATHS FROM THE SANTA ANA REGISTER submitted by Kerry Hallas

Available at FamilySerch.org

California, Death Index, 1905-1939 browse

California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985

Ancestry.com $ has the following collections of vital records that include Orange County.

  • California Birth Index, 1905-1995
  • California Marriage Index, 1960-1985
  • California Death Index, 1940-1997

Voter Registration

1890: The California 1890 Great Register of Voters Index, compiled by the California State Genealogical Alliance, is available at the Orange Large Family History Center

Also available on fiche at the same location are:

  • 1993 Orange County Voters Index
  • 1996 Orange County Voters Index
  • 1981-1982 Ownership Index
  • 1989-1990 Address Register
  • 1991-1992 California Property Owners

Available at Ancestry.com $

California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968

Archives, Libraries and Museums

For records prior to 1960:

Orange County Archives, Jean O. Pasco, Director
Old Orange County Courthouse Room 101
211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA, 92701
(714) 834-2536

Huntington Beach Central Library
7111 Talbert Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 842-4481, Ext. 2227
GENEALOGY DEPARTMENT
The Library’s collection of over 18,000 genealogical books is maintained by the Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS). The Genealogy collection is housed at the Central Library and is for reference use only (items cannot be checked out). The public is welcome to attend general membership meetings which are held the first Saturday of each month (except for June and December) at the Central Library. For more information, please visit http://www.occgs.com

Anaheim Heritage Center
241 S. Anaheim Blvd
714-765-6453

Jane K. Newell,
Heritage Services Manager

digital ANAHEIM

A digital archive of nearly 2,000 photographs of the City of Anaheim. [1]

The Anaheim Historical Society

FamilySearch Centers

Orange Large Multi-Stake Family History Center (Formerly Orange Regional Family History Center)

Located: 674 South Yorba St., Orange, California 92869 (Located in the rear of the LDS Church)

Hours: Tuesday -Thursday 9:00 AM-9:00 PM (except 2nd Thursday when we close at 7:00 PM for Staff Meeting)
Friday & Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed Sunday and Monday to the Public

Closed the first two weeks of August; week of Thanksgiving; last two weeks of December.
Phone: (714) 997-7710

FamilyHistory Centers

Genealogy and Historical Societies

Websites

References

  1. Cramer, Esther R. A Hundred Years of Yesterdays: A Centennial History of the People of Orange County and Their Communities. (Santa Ana: Orange County Centennial, Inc.,1988), 19
  2. Cramer, A Hundred Years of Yesterdays, 21-23
  3. Cramer, A Hundred Years of Yesterdays, 25.
  4. Cramer, A Hundred Years of Yesterdays, 24-30
  5. Cramer, A Hundred Years of Yesterdays, 28-30
  6. Cramer, A Hundred Years of Yesterdays, 36-37.
  7. Cramer, A Hundred Years of Yesterdays, 39.
  8. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).