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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]][[California|California]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Orange County''' [[Image:{{HBCAPier}}|Huntington Beach Pier, Orange County, California]]  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]][[California Genealogy|California]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Orange County'''  
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Guide to '''Orange County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. [[Image:{{HBCAPier}}|Huntington Beach Pier, Orange County, California]]  
  
 
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| width="100%" align="center" bgcolor="#ccff66" colspan="6" | '''Dates for major county records&nbsp;<ref>Eichholz, Alice ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 68-83. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref>'''
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ccff66" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Dates for major county records&nbsp;<ref>Eichholz, Alice ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 68-83. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref>'''
 
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*'''Parent county''' (before 11 March 1898 ): [[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles County]]
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*'''Parent county''' (before 11 March 1898 ): [[Los Angeles County, California Genealogy|Los Angeles County]]
  
*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]] &nbsp; &nbsp;
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*Orange County, California '''residents''' may also have records in<br>'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Los Angeles County, California Genealogy|Los Angeles]] &#124; [[San Diego County, California Genealogy|San Diego]] &#124; [[Riverside County, California Genealogy|Riverside]] &#124; [[San Bernardino County, California Genealogy|San Bernardino]] &nbsp; &nbsp;
  
 
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{{Click|Image:CA_ORP.png|California Online Genealogy Records}}  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Orange County
 
| county = Orange County
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| founded date = March 11
 
| founded date = March 11
 
| seat wl = Santa Ana
 
| seat wl = Santa Ana
| 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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| building address = CENTRAL JUSTICE CENTER<br>700 CIVIC CENTER DRIVE WEST<br>Santa Ana, California, 92701<br>(657) 622-6878
 
| web = egov.ocgov.com/portal/site/ocgov/
 
| web = egov.ocgov.com/portal/site/ocgov/
 
| named to = attract east coast settlers with a name that reflected the climate.
 
| named to = attract east coast settlers with a name that reflected the climate.
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=== County Courthouse (Superior Court)  ===
 
=== County Courthouse (Superior Court)  ===
  
[http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/ Orange County Courthouse]<br>12 Civic Center Place<br>Santa Ana, CA 92701<br>Phone: 714.834.2500  
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[http://ocgov.com/default.asp  Orange County Courthouse]<br>12 Civic Center Place<br>Santa Ana, CA 92701<br>Phone: <span class="skype_c2c_print_container">714.834.2500</span><span class="skype_c2c_container" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:Old_Orange_County_CA_Courthouse.JPG‎|thumb|185px|185px|right|<center>Old Orange County Courthouse</center>]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">714.834.2500</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>
  
 
County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records<br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1964  
 
County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records<br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1964  
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'''Orange County Clerk-Recorder''', 630 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701.<br>(714) 834-2500. Holdings include birth, death and marriage certificates<br>(1889-current) and property records (1954-current).  
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'''Orange County Clerk-Recorder''', 630 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701.<br><span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(714) 834-2500</span><span class="skype_c2c_container" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(714) 834-2500</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>. Holdings include birth, death and marriage certificates<br>(1889-current) and property records (1954-current).  
  
<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, California. Page 86 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, California. Page 86 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
=== County History  ===
 
=== County History  ===
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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>  
 
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>  
  
See the wiki article [[California Land and Property|California Land and Property]] for help with locating records from this period.  
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See the wiki article [[California Land and Property|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 [http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/collections/ussg/grant-list.htm Spanish and Mexican Land Grant Maps, 1855–1875.]
 
  
 
==== Formation of Orange County  ====
 
==== Formation of Orange County  ====
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
{{Wikipedia|Orange County, California}}
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==== Parent County ====
  
==== Parent County ====
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'''1 August 1889:''' Orange County was created from [[Los Angeles County, California Genealogy|Los Angeles]] County, per Orange County Archives. '''County seat:''' Santa Ana <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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Orange is the third largest county by population, preceeded by (1)[[Los Angeles County, California Genealogy|Los Angeles]] and (2)[[San Diego County, California Genealogy|San Diego]] Counties, according to the [http://www.counties.org/ California State Association of Counties]
  
'''1 August 1889:''' Orange County was created from [[Los Angeles County, California|Los Angeles]] County, per Orange County Archives. '''County seat:''' Santa Ana <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
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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For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/california/ "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps"] (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
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==== Records Loss ====
  
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
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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.  
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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.  
  
 
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*[http://www.anaheim.net/index.asp City of Anaheim&nbsp; ]incorporated 1878.
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*[http://www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us/ City of Costa Mesa&nbsp; ]incorporated 1953
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
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 Cemetery District] operates four formerly private cemeteries; Anaheim Cemetery, [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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The [[Orange California Family History Center|Orange Large Family History Center]] has two volumes of interment in these cemeteries as of 1999.
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=120155 Anaheim Cemetery, Anaheim]
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12163 El Toro Cemetery, Lake Forest]
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12020 Loma Vista Memorial Park, Fullerton]
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12029 Melrose Abbey Cemetery, Anaheim]
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=12032 Mission Cemetery, San Juan Capistrano]
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*Ascension Cemetery, 24754, Trabuco Road, Lake Forest, California [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=7845&CScn=Ascension+Cemetery&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=212& FindaGrave.com]
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*Crystal Cathedral Memorial Gardens, 12141 Lewis, Garden Grove, California [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=640426&CScn=Crystal+Cathedral+Memorial+Gardens&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=212& FindaGrave.com]<br>
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*Fairhaven Memorial Park, 1702 Fairhaven, Santa Ana, California [http://www.interment.net/data/us/ca/orange/fairhaven/index.htm Partial interments at Interment.net] , [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=7965&CScn= FindaGrave.com]
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*Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4471 Lincoln, Cypress, California [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=7976&CScn=Forest+Lawn+Memorial+Park&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=212& FindaGrave.com]
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*Good Shepherd Cemetery, 8301 Talbert, Huntington Beach, California [http://www.interment.net/data/us/ca/orange/good_shepherd.htm Partial interments at Interment.net], [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=8402&CScn=Good+Shepherd&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=212& FindaGrave.com]
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*Holy Cross Cemetery, Orange and Euclid, Anaheim, California [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=790425&CScn=Harbor+Lawn-Mount+Olive+Memorial+Park&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=212& FindaGrave.com]<br>
 
 
 
*Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, 7845 E Santiago Canyon Rd, Orange, California [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=7894&CScn=Holy+Sepulcher+Cemetery&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=212& FindaGrave.com],&nbsp; [http://www.interment.net/data/us/ca/orange/sepulcher/index.htm Partial interments at Interment.net]
 
 
 
*Loma Vista Memorial Park, 701 E. Bastanchury, Fullerton, California [http://www.interment.net/data/us/ca/orange/lomavista/loma.htm Partial interments at Interment.net]<br>
 
 
 
*Masonic Cemetery, 505 N. Sycamore, Santa Ana, California
 
 
 
*Melrose Abby Memorial Park, 2303 S. Manchester, Anaheim, California [http://www.interment.net/data/us/ca/orange/melrose/index.htm Partial interments at Interment.net]
 
 
 
*Memory Garden Memorial Park, 455 W. Central, Brea, California [http://www.interment.net/data/us/ca/orange/memgardens/memory.htm Partial interments at Interment.net]<br>
 
 
 
*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&nbsp; Park, 14801 Beach Blvd, Westminster, California
 
 
 
*[http://www.ocparks.com/yorbacemetery/ Yorba Cemetery], Esperanza and Fairmont Blvd, Yorba Linda, California
 
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== 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).  
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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.  
  
 
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.  
 
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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=== Church History and Records  ===
 
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{{CA Church Intro}}
  
 
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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>  
 
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>  
  
The Diocese of Orange<br>2811 East Villa Real Drive<br>Orange, CA 92867-1999<br>Phone: (714) 282-3000  
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The Diocese of Orange<br>2811 East Villa Real Drive<br>Orange, CA 92867-1999<br>Phone: <span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(714) 282-3000</span><span class="skype_c2c_container" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(714) 282-3000</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>
  
 
Mailing Address<br>P.O. Box 14195<br>Orange, CA 92863-1595 <br>  
 
Mailing Address<br>P.O. Box 14195<br>Orange, CA 92863-1595 <br>  
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=== Court History and Records  ===
 
=== Court History and Records  ===
  
Orange County Clerk-Recorder, 630 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701.<br>(714) 834-2500. Holdings include birth, death and marriage certificates<br>(1889-current) and property records (1954-current).  
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Orange County Clerk-Recorder, 630 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701.<br><span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(714) 834-2500</span><span class="skype_c2c_container" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(714) 834-2500</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>. Holdings include birth, death and marriage certificates<br>(1889-current) and property records (1954-current).  
  
 
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See also: [http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Clerk-Recorder%20-%20Tom%20Daly/Orange%20County%20Archives Orange County Archives]  
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See also: [http://ocarchives.com/ Orange County Archives]  
  
<br>The main criminal 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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<br>The main criminal 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.
  
 
=== Crime and Criminals  ===
 
=== Crime and Criminals  ===
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=== Ethnic, Religious, or Political Groups  ===
 
=== Ethnic, Religious, or Political Groups  ===
 
==== Germans  ====
 
 
'''Archives, Libraries, and Museums<br>Biographies<br>Church Records<br>Cemetery Records<br>Court Records<br>Histories<br>Immigration/emigration/migration<br>Maps<br>Newspapers<br>Societies'''<br>
 
  
 
=== Gazetteers  ===
 
=== Gazetteers  ===
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=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
  
The greatest repositories of Local Histories are at the [[Orange California Family History Center|Orange&nbsp;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  
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{{CA History Intro}}
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The greatest repositories of Local Histories are at the [[Orange California Family History Center|Orange&nbsp;County 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 <span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(714) 288-2400</span><span class="skype_c2c_container" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(714) 288-2400</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>
  
 
*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)  
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
  
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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{{CA Land Intro}}
  
 
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>  
 
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>  
  
[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>  
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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  ===
  
[http://www.cagenweb.com/orange/mapsofoc.html Orange County GenWeb maps of Orange County]<br>  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/orangecountycaliforniagenweb/home/maps Maps of Orange County]
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=== Migration  ===
 
=== Migration  ===
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=== Military History and Records  ===
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
  
[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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[http://occgs.com/projects/civil_war/cw_index.html Civil War Veterans buried in Orange County] is a project compiled by the Orange County California Genealogical Society.  
  
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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[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.
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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.'']
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
  
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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*[http://www.ocregister.com Orange County Register]
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*Orange County edition of the [http://www.latimes.com/ 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''; ''California State University, Fullerton''  
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*[http://cityofmissionviejo.org/Library/ Mission Viejo city library.]
  
 
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>  
 
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>  
  
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''Saddleback News'' index to microfilm – Birth, marriages and deaths in south Orange County from 1969 – 1989: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs/svnvitals.html http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs/svnvitals.html]. Indexed by the South Orange County Genealogy Society (2013 - 2014).&nbsp; The images of the ''Saddleback News'' newspaper (no longer being published) are available on microfilm at the [http://cityofmissionviejo.org/Library/ Mission Viejo, CA city library.] <br>  
  
An excellent archive of newspapers is available at the [http://www.ocrecorder.com/archives/ArchMain.asp Orange County Archives]. See: Repositories
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An excellent archive of newspapers is available at the [http://ocarchives.com/ Orange County Archives]. <br>
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Newspaper holdings at the Orange County Archives<br>include,...<br>Fullerton newspapers (1909-1925)<br>Huntington Beach News (1908-1956)<br>Laguna Life (1936-1938)<br>Laguna Beach (News) Post (1949-1988)<br>Santa Ana Journal (1935-1938)<br>Santa Ana Register (1925-1929, 1936-1939)<br>South Coast News (1930-1967)<br>Laguna Hills Leisure World News (1965-1987)<br>Other South Orange County newspapers (1965-1988)
  
 
=== Obituaries  ===
 
=== Obituaries  ===
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''Saddleback News'' index to microfilm – Birth, marriages and deaths in south Orange County from 1969 – 1989 - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs/svnvitals.html http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs/svnvitals.html]. Indexed by the South Orange County Genealogy Society (2013 - 2014).&nbsp;&nbsp;The images of the ''Saddleback News'' newspaper are available on microfilm at the [http://cityofmissionviejo.org/Library/ Mission Viejo, CA library.]&nbsp; <br>
  
 
=== Periodicals  ===
 
=== Periodicals  ===
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1782 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8639 California Wills and Probate Records 1782-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $ 
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*'''1833 – 1991''' {{RecordSearch|1999181|California Probate Estate Files 1833-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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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://ocarchives.com/ Orange County Archives]<br>Old Orange County Courthouse Room 101<br>211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.<br>Santa Ana, CA, 92701<br><span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(714) 834-2536</span><span class="skype_c2c_container" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(714) 834-2536</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>
  
[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://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: <span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(714) 842-4481</span><span class="skype_c2c_container" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(714) 842-4481</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>, 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]  
  
[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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[http://library.anaheim.net/Library/Default3.aspx?Folder=Title&Folder2=Heritage%20Services Anaheim Heritage Center]<br>241 S. Anaheim Blvd<br><span class="skype_c2c_print_container">714-765-6453</span><span class="skype_c2c_container" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">714-765-6453</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>
  
 
Jane K. Newell,<br>Heritage Services Manager<br>  
 
Jane K. Newell,<br>Heritage Services Manager<br>  
  
[http://library.anaheim.net/Library/Default3.aspx?Folder=Title&Folder2=Historic%20Anaheim%20Photos&articleID=407 digital ANAHEIM]<br>  
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[http://library.anaheim.net/Library/Default3.aspx?Folder=Title&Folder2=Historic%20Anaheim%20Photos&articleID=407 digital ANAHEIM]<br>
  
 
==== County Courthouse  ====
 
==== County Courthouse  ====
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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 except to immediate relatives.  
 
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 except to immediate relatives.  
  
Orange County Clerk-Recorder, 630 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701.<br>(714) 834-2500.  
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Orange County Clerk-Recorder, 630 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701.<br><span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(714) 834-2500</span><span class="skype_c2c_container" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(714) 834-2500</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>.  
  
 
For records prior to 1960:  
 
For records prior to 1960:  
  
[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>
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[http://ocarchives.com/ Orange County Archives]<br>Old Orange County Courthouse Room 101<br>211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.<br>Santa Ana, California, 92701 <span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(714) 834-2536</span><span class="skype_c2c_container" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(714) 834-2536</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span><br>
 
 
Collections include:
 
 
 
BIOGRAPHY: The Orange County Archives has a wide array of<br>biographies of early and notable local residents.
 
 
 
CEMETERIES: The Orange County Archives has interment listings for<br>the Yorba Cemetery, Anaheim Cemetery, El Toro Cemetery, Santa Ana<br>Cemetery (the old section of Fairhaven Memorial Park), Magnolia Memorial<br>Park, and Ascension Cemetery.
 
 
 
DIRECTORIES: The Orange County Archives have a large set of local<br>directories (1872-current).
 
 
 
HISTORY: The historical reference library held by the Orange County<br>Archives is cataloged at http://www.librarything.com/home/OCARCHIVES
 
 
 
LAND AND PROPERTY: The Orange County Archives has all the property<br>records from Orange County from 1889 to 1953, including indices, deeds,<br>mortgages, homesteads, reconveyances, and other Official Records. These<br>same record series, post-1953, can be found at the Orange County<br>Clerk-Recorder's Office.
 
 
 
MAPS: The Orange County Archives has thousands of maps, from the<br>1860s through today.
 
 
 
MILITARY: The Orange County Archives have military discharge papers<br>(DD-214s from WWI through the 1970s) and also information about local<br>World War I veterans.
 
 
 
NATURALIZATION &amp; CITIZENSHIP: The Orange County Archives has ALL<br>the naturalization documentation from Orange County from 1889 to the<br>early 1980s.
 
 
 
NEWSPAPERS: Newspaper holdings at the Orange County Archives<br>include,...<br>Fullerton newspapers (1909-1925)<br>Huntington Beach News (1908-1956)<br>Laguna Life (1936-1938)<br>Laguna Beach (News) Post (1949-1988)<br>Santa Ana Journal (1935-1938)<br>Santa Ana Register (1925-1929, 1936-1939)<br>South Coast News (1930-1967)<br>Laguna Hills Leisure World News (1965-1987)<br>Other South Orange County newspapers (1965-1988)
 
 
 
PERIODICALS: The Orange County Archives contain an assortment of<br>local magazines, including a run of Orange County Illustrated from 1964<br>to 1977.
 
 
 
TAXATION: Orange County assessment records (1889-1962) are held by<br>the Orange County Archives. Later records are held by the Orange County<br>Assessor's office.
 
 
 
BURIAL RECORDS: Orange County Archives hold burial indexes (1889-1931) as well as an incomplete set of early burial certificates for the northern part of the County.
 
 
 
VOTER REGISTRATION: The original Great Register of Voters<br>(1890-1968) is available at the Orange County Archives. The earlier<br>Great Registers include additional information that does not appear in<br>other copies and transcriptions available elsewhere.
 
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
[[Orange California Family History Center|Orange Family History Center]]  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
 
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*[[Orange California Family History Center|Orange County FamilySearch Library]]  
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 6:30 PM for Staff Meeting)<br>Friday &amp; Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM<br>Closed Sunday and Monday to the Public
 
 
 
Closed the first two weeks of August; week of Thanksgiving; last two weeks of December.<br>Phone: (714) 997-7710
 
 
 
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Anaheim California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Anaheim California Family History Center]]  
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*[[Laguna Niguel California Family History Center]] (Aliso Viejo)  
 
*[[Laguna Niguel California Family History Center]] (Aliso Viejo)  
 
*[[Mission Viejo California Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Mission Viejo California Family History Center]]  
*[[Newport Beach California Family History Center]]  
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*[[Newport Beach California Family History Center]]<br>
*[[Orange California Family History Center]]
 
*[[Orange California Large Multi-stake Family History Center]]
 
 
*[[Santa Margarita California Family History Center]] (Rancho Santa Margarita)
 
*[[Santa Margarita California Family History Center]] (Rancho Santa Margarita)
  
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=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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{{CA Tax Intro}}
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
[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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{{CA Vital Intro}}
 
 
[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/CAResearch_BirMar.php CSGA CA Research Aid - Birth and Marriage Records]<br>
 
 
 
[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]  
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[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=Orange&countycode=Orange California Genealogical Alliance]<br>
  
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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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.
  
Available at FamilySerch.org
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Orange County RootsWeb Vital Records; [http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ca/death/search.cgi Rootsweb]<br>
  
[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/1932433 California, Death Index, 1905-1939]. <br>
  
 
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1949339 California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985]  
 
[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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=== Voter Registration  ===
 
=== Voter Registration  ===
  
1890: ''The California 1890 Great Register of Voters Index'', compiled by the California State Genealogical Alliance, is available at the [[Orange California Family History Center|Orange&nbsp;Large Family History Center]]  
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1890: ''The California 1890 Great Register of Voters Index'', compiled by the California State Genealogical Alliance, is available at the [[Orange California Family History Center|Orange County Family History Center]]  
  
 
Also available on fiche at the same location are:  
 
Also available on fiche at the same location are:  
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California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968  
 
California Voter Registrations, 1900-1968  
  
== Websites ==
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== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries ==
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'''Orange County California Genealogical Society'''<br>c/o Huntington Beach Central Library<br> 7111 Talbert Avenue<br>Huntington Beach, California 92648<br>Phone: 714-536-5549<br>[http://occgs.com/ Website]<br><br>
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'''GSNOCC'''<br>P.O. Box 706<br>Yorba Linda, CA 92885-0706<br>email:[mailto:GSNOCC@GMAIL.COM]<br>[http://www.gsnocc.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Orange County California Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 1587<br>Orange 92668<br> [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Orange County Jewish Genealogical Society'''<br>Telephone: 949-423-3746<br>PO Box 7141<br> Newport Beach, CA 92658<br>Email:[mailto:info@ocjgs.org]<br>[http://www.ocjgs.org/ Website]<br><br>
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Guide to Orange County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Huntington Beach Pier, Orange County, California
Dates for major county records [1]
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Orange County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Orange County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 11, 1889
County Seat Santa Ana
Courthouse
CaliforniaOrangeCourthouse.jpg
Address CENTRAL JUSTICE CENTER
700 CIVIC CENTER DRIVE WEST
Santa Ana, California, 92701
(657) 622-6878
Website: egov.ocgov.com/portal/site/ocgov/
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County Courthouse (Superior Court)

Orange County Courthouse
12 Civic Center Place
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: 714.834.2500
Old Orange County Courthouse
714.834.2500

County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1964

 

Orange County Clerk-Recorder, 630 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701.
(714) 834-2500[[Image:]](714) 834-2500. Holdings include birth, death and marriage certificates
(1889-current) and property records (1954-current).

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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.[3] 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. [4]

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.[5] 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[6] 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. [7]

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

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.[8]  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” [9]

Historical Facts

Parent County

1 August 1889: Orange County was created from Los Angeles County, per Orange County Archives. County seat: Santa Ana [10]

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

For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps" (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Records Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
CAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
CAGenWeb Archives Interment.net
Tombstone Project
California Gravestones
Billion Graves
See California Cemeteries for more information.

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.

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.

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

Church History and Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about California denominations, view the California Church Records wiki page.

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[[Image:]](714) 282-3000

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

Court History and Records

Orange County Clerk-Recorder, 630 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701.
(714) 834-2500[[Image:]](714) 834-2500. Holdings include birth, death and marriage certificates
(1889-current) and property records (1954-current).


See also: Orange County Archives


The main criminal 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.

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Religious, or Political Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Orange County, California 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 California Local Histories.

The greatest repositories of Local Histories are at the Orange County 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[[Image:]](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

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See California Land and Property for additional information about early California land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

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


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Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War Veterans buried in Orange County is a project compiled by the Orange County California Genealogical Society.

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.

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

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

The County is served by:

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.

Saddleback News index to microfilm – Birth, marriages and deaths in south Orange County from 1969 – 1989: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs/svnvitals.html. Indexed by the South Orange County Genealogy Society (2013 - 2014).  The images of the Saddleback News newspaper (no longer being published) are available on microfilm at the Mission Viejo, CA city library.

An excellent archive of newspapers is available at the Orange County Archives.
Newspaper holdings at the Orange County Archives
include,...
Fullerton newspapers (1909-1925)
Huntington Beach News (1908-1956)
Laguna Life (1936-1938)
Laguna Beach (News) Post (1949-1988)
Santa Ana Journal (1935-1938)
Santa Ana Register (1925-1929, 1936-1939)
South Coast News (1930-1967)
Laguna Hills Leisure World News (1965-1987)
Other South Orange County newspapers (1965-1988)

Obituaries

Saddleback News index to microfilm – Birth, marriages and deaths in south Orange County from 1969 – 1989 - http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs/svnvitals.html. Indexed by the South Orange County Genealogy Society (2013 - 2014).  The images of the Saddleback News newspaper are available on microfilm at the Mission Viejo, CA library. 

Periodicals

Probate Records

The county clerk is usually the custodian of probate records. The records include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets.

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 place of residence.

You can obtain copies of the original probate records (such as wills and estate files) by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - Orange - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums

For records prior to 1960:

Orange County Archives
Old Orange County Courthouse Room 101
211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA, 92701
(714) 834-2536[[Image:]](714) 834-2536

Huntington Beach Central Library
7111 Talbert Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 842-4481[[Image:]](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[[Image:]]714-765-6453

Jane K. Newell,
Heritage Services Manager

digital ANAHEIM

County Courthouse

The Courthouse (Superior court) 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 except to immediate relatives.

Orange County Clerk-Recorder, 630 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701.
(714) 834-2500[[Image:]](714) 834-2500.

For records prior to 1960:

Orange County Archives
Old Orange County Courthouse Room 101
211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, California, 92701 (714) 834-2536[[Image:]](714) 834-2536

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Societies

Genealogy and Historical Societies

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

The Anaheim Historical Society

Taxation

California tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page California Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records. The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder.

California Genealogical Alliance

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 RootsWeb Vital Records; Rootsweb

California, Death Index, 1905-1939.

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 County 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

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Orange County California Genealogical Society
c/o Huntington Beach Central Library
7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, California 92648
Phone: 714-536-5549
Website

GSNOCC
P.O. Box 706
Yorba Linda, CA 92885-0706
email:[2]
Website

Orange County California Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1587
Orange 92668
Website

Orange County Historical Commission
2002 North Main
Santa Ana 92706

Orange County Historical Commission
211 West Santa Ana Blvd
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: 714-973-6609

Orange County Jewish Genealogical Society
Telephone: 949-423-3746
PO Box 7141
Newport Beach, CA 92658
Email:[3]
Website


Web Sites

References

  1. Eichholz, Alice Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 68-83. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, California. Page 86 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. 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
  4. Cramer, A Hundred Years of Yesterdays, 21-23
  5. Cramer, A Hundred Years of Yesterdays, 25.
  6. Cramer, A Hundred Years of Yesterdays, 24-30
  7. Cramer, A Hundred Years of Yesterdays, 28-30
  8. Cramer, A Hundred Years of Yesterdays, 36-37.
  9. Cramer, A Hundred Years of Yesterdays, 39.
  10. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).