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Orange County, North Carolina
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Founded 1752
County Seat Hillsborough
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County Courthouse

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]


Parent County

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

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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

Church Records

Church of England
  • St. Matthew's Parish. Established 1752.[3]


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.


Local Histories



Civil War

Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-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




Vital Records


Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  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. Donna Sherron, "North Carolina Parishes," accessed 12 October 2012. Digital version at Lost Souls Genealogy - free.
  4. "Old Eno Church and Cemetery," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  5. "Hawfields Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.


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