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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties NO|Counties N,O]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Orange County'' <br>
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Guide to '''Orange County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Orange County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
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{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}<br>
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Orange County
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1852
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| founded date = 5 February
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| seat = Orange
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| building address = Orange County Courthouse<br>801 W Division Street<br>PO Box 1536<br>Orange, TX 77631}}  
  
Adopted by TXGenWeb Orange County<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Shirley Cullum &amp; Elaine Stone
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== County Information ==
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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==== County Courthouse  ====
  
 
[http://www.co.orange.tx.us/ Orange County Courthouse]<br> 801 W Division Street; PO Box 1536<br> Orange, TX 77631<br> Phone: 409.882.7055&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth records from 1878, death records <br>from 1903, marriage, land and probate records from 1852, <br>military records from 1898 and court records from 1896; <br>District Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, Texas. Page 671 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
[http://www.co.orange.tx.us/ Orange County Courthouse]<br> 801 W Division Street; PO Box 1536<br> Orange, TX 77631<br> Phone: 409.882.7055&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth records from 1878, death records <br>from 1903, marriage, land and probate records from 1852, <br>military records from 1898 and court records from 1896; <br>District Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, Texas. Page 671 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
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'''County Clerk'''
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123 S. 6th St.<br>Orange 77630<br>Phone: 409-882-7055<br>Fax: 409-882-7012
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'''District Clerk'''
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801 W. Division Ave.<br>Orange 77630<br>Phone: 409-882-7825<br>Fax: 409-882-7083<br>  
  
 
The current Orange County Courthouse, built in 1937<ref>"3000 Persons Present for Orange County Courthouse Dedication," in the Port Arthur News, 19 Nov 1937</ref>, is the fourth courthouse to hold Orange County's offices and records.&nbsp; The first courthouse was built in 1853.&nbsp; The second courthouse, built in 1884 burned in 1898. The 1898 Courthouse was the county's third courthouse.  
 
The current Orange County Courthouse, built in 1937<ref>"3000 Persons Present for Orange County Courthouse Dedication," in the Port Arthur News, 19 Nov 1937</ref>, is the fourth courthouse to hold Orange County's offices and records.&nbsp; The first courthouse was built in 1853.&nbsp; The second courthouse, built in 1884 burned in 1898. The 1898 Courthouse was the county's third courthouse.  
  
[http://www.co.orange.tx.us/ Orange County Government Website]  
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*[http://www.co.orange.tx.us/ Orange County Government Website]
  
[http://www.co.orange.tx.us/countyclerk/online_search.htm Orange County Clerk's Office Website]  
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*[http://www.co.orange.tx.us/countyclerk/online_search.htm Orange County Clerk's Office Website]
  
 
''Inventory of the county archives of Texas: Orange County, no. 181.'' Inventory of records of Orange County housed in the Orange County Courthouse as of 1936-1937. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25261 Digital book online] from The Portal to Texas History.  
 
''Inventory of the county archives of Texas: Orange County, no. 181.'' Inventory of records of Orange County housed in the Orange County Courthouse as of 1936-1937. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25261 Digital book online] from The Portal to Texas History.  
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Orange County; 801 W Division St; PO Box 1536; Orange, TX 77631; Ph. 409.882.7055 Details: (Co Clk has b rec from 1878, d rec from 1903, m, land &amp; pro rec from 1852, mil rec from 1898 &amp; ct rec from 1896; Dis Clk has div rec)  
 
Orange County; 801 W Division St; PO Box 1536; Orange, TX 77631; Ph. 409.882.7055 Details: (Co Clk has b rec from 1878, d rec from 1903, m, land &amp; pro rec from 1852, mil rec from 1898 &amp; ct rec from 1896; Dis Clk has div rec)  
  
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==== Orange County, Texas Record Dates ====
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1903
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1852
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1860
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1852
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1852
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1852--'''Orange County was created 5 February 1852 from [[Jefferson County, Texas|Jefferson]] County. '''County seat:''' Orange <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1852--'''Orange County was created 5 February 1852 from [[Jefferson County, Texas Genealogy|Jefferson]] County.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Orange <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1898'''--Orange County Courthouse, built in 1884, destroyed by fire, April 14, 1898.&nbsp; All county records were stored in a vault and were not harmed by the fire. <ref>GenDisasters.com - Orange, TX Courthouse Fire, Apr 1898 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17708/orange-tx-orange-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1898</ref>  
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'''1898--''' Orange County Courthouse, built in 1884, destroyed by fire, April 14, 1898. All county records were stored in a vault and were not harmed by the fire. <ref>GenDisasters.com - Orange, TX Courthouse Fire, Apr 1898 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17708/orange-tx-orange-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1898</ref>
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Orange, Bland|place|disp=Bland}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Orange, Bridge City|place|disp=Bridge City}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Orange, Brownwood|place|disp=Brownwood}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Orange, Bruner|place|disp=Bruner}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Orange, Orange|place|disp=Orange}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Orange, Pinehurst|place|disp=Pinehurst}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Orange, Vidor|place|disp=Vidor}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Orange, West Orange|place|disp=West Orange}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Orange, Williamson Settlement|place|disp=Williamson Settlement}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana|Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana]]  
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[[Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana]] {{•}} [[Cameron Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Cameron Parish, Louisiana]] {{•}} [[Hardin County, Texas Genealogy|Hardin]] {{•}} [[Jasper County, Texas Genealogy|Jasper]] {{•}} [[Jefferson County, Texas Genealogy|Jefferson]] {{•}} [[Newton County, Texas Genealogy|Newton]]  
*[[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron Parish, Louisiana]]  
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<center>{{TX Orange County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Hardin County, Texas|Hardin]]  
 
*[[Jasper County, Texas|Jasper]]  
 
*[[Jefferson County, Texas|Jefferson]]  
 
*[[Newton County, Texas|Newton]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102412 Forest Lawn Memorial Park, West Orange] BillionGraves
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=46&GScnty=2700&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|482739|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2700 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/orange-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Orange+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/orange.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Orange/ListOrange.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/orange/cemetery.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/orange/orange-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Texas&county=Orange&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=181 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txorange/Orange_County_VITAL%20RECORDS/Cemetery__Homepage.htm TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22756&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=25&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/orange.htm Interment]
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==== Census ====
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/landabs.html Orange County Land Title Abstracts] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.
 
*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/landabs.html Orange County Land Title Abstracts] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*''Gateway to Texas: the History of Orange and Orange County,'' 1988, by Howard C. Williams. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39146/m1 Read the book online] from The Portal to Texas History.  
 
*''Gateway to Texas: the History of Orange and Orange County,'' 1988, by Howard C. Williams. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39146/m1 Read the book online] from The Portal to Texas History.  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88879 Orange County 1862 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.  
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[[Image:Txorange.jpg|250px|Txorange.jpg]]
*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88880 Orange County 1880 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.  
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*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88881 Orange County 1886 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.  
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*'''1862''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88879 Orange County 1862 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.  
*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88882 Orange County 1895 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.  
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*'''1880''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88880 Orange County 1880 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.  
*Aerial Views of Orange County, 1948-1950s:&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth36817 1], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth37251 2], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth37324 3], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth37391 4], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth37408 5], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth36708 6] from The Portal to Texas History.
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*'''1886''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88881 Orange County 1886 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.  
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*'''1895''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88882 Orange County 1895 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.  
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*Aerial Views of Orange County, 1948-1950s: [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth36817 1], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth37251 2], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth37324 3], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth37391 4], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth37408 5], [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth36708 6] from The Portal to Texas History.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1838 - 1900'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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=====Mexican-American War=====
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*'''1845 - 1848'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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=====Civil War=====
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Orange}}
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1800–1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800–2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
  
 
===== Births  =====
 
===== Births  =====
  
*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/births.html Orange County Births 1905-1925] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.<br>
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*'''1840 - 1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch
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*'''1903 - 1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1903 - 1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997] (index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1905 - 1925''' [http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/births.html Orange County Births 1905-1925] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.
  
 
===== Marriages  =====
 
===== Marriages  =====
  
*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/marriages/marriages.html Orange County Marriages 1951-1971] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.<br>
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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*'''1814 - 1909''' and '''1966 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1837 - 1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973] FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837 - 1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977] FamilySearch records collection
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*'''1837 - 1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] —$
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*'''1951 - 1971''' [http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/marriages/marriages.html Orange County Marriages 1951-1971] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.
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*'''1966 - 2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010] FamilySearch record collection
  
 
===== Deaths  =====
 
===== Deaths  =====
  
*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/deaths.html Orange County Deaths 1903-1984] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.  
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/cremations.html Orange County Cremations and Donations to Science] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.  
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*'''1890 - 1976''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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*'''1903 - 1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
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*'''1903 - 1982'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1903 - 1984''' [http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/deaths.html Orange County Deaths 1903-1984] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.  
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*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/cremations.html Orange County Cremations and Donations to Science] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site. .  
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*'''1964 - 1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death  
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*'''1977 - 1986'''  {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1968 - 2005''' http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records 1968 - 2005] (index)&nbsp; - Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1968 - 2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1968 - 2011'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''South East Texas Genealogical and Historical Society'''<br>c/o Tyrrell Historical Library<br>PO Box 3827<br>Beaumont, TX 77704-3827<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsetghs/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Orange County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 1345<br>Orange, TX 77630<br><br>
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'''Bridge City Library'''<br>101 Parkside Place Dr<br>Bridge City, TX 77611<br>Telephone Number: 409-735-4242<br>[http://www.bridgecitytex.com/dynpage-print.php?pageid=81 Website]<br><br>
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'''Orange Public Library'''<br>220 5th St<br>Orange, TX 77630<br>Telephone Number: 409-883-1086<br> [http://orangetexaslibrary.com/ Website]<br><br>
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Orange Texas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Orange Texas Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txorange/ Orange County TXGenWeb site] history, information, lists, links and other Orange County information.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txorange/ Orange County TXGenWeb site] history, information, lists, links and other Orange County information.  
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Latest revision as of 21:38, 4 April 2017

United States
Texas
Orange County

Guide to Orange County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Orange County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Orange County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 5 February, 1852
County Seat Orange
Courthouse
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Address Orange County Courthouse
801 W Division Street
PO Box 1536
Orange, TX 77631
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County Information

County Courthouse

Orange County Courthouse
801 W Division Street; PO Box 1536
Orange, TX 77631
Phone: 409.882.7055 

County Clerk has birth records from 1878, death records
from 1903, marriage, land and probate records from 1852,
military records from 1898 and court records from 1896;
District Clerk has divorce records[1]

County Clerk

123 S. 6th St.
Orange 77630
Phone: 409-882-7055
Fax: 409-882-7012

District Clerk

801 W. Division Ave.
Orange 77630
Phone: 409-882-7825
Fax: 409-882-7083

The current Orange County Courthouse, built in 1937[2], is the fourth courthouse to hold Orange County's offices and records.  The first courthouse was built in 1853.  The second courthouse, built in 1884 burned in 1898. The 1898 Courthouse was the county's third courthouse.

Inventory of the county archives of Texas: Orange County, no. 181. Inventory of records of Orange County housed in the Orange County Courthouse as of 1936-1937. Digital book online from The Portal to Texas History.

Inventory of county records: Orange County Courthouse, Orange, Texas, 1979. Inventory of records of Orange County housed in the Orange County Courthouse in Orange, Texas; begins with an introduction and explanation of the roles of various county government offices. Inventory describes the records of the Commissioners' Court, County Clerk, County Court, District Clerk, District Attorney, Justice of the Peace, Sheriff, Tax Assessor-Collector, County Treasurer, and Auditor. Also provides a list of Orange County records and an index. Digital book online from The Portal to Texas History.

Orange County; 801 W Division St; PO Box 1536; Orange, TX 77631; Ph. 409.882.7055 Details: (Co Clk has b rec from 1878, d rec from 1903, m, land & pro rec from 1852, mil rec from 1898 & ct rec from 1896; Dis Clk has div rec)

Orange County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1852 1860 1852 1852


History

Parent County

1852--Orange County was created 5 February 1852 from Jefferson County.

  • County seat: Orange [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1898-- Orange County Courthouse, built in 1884, destroyed by fire, April 14, 1898. All county records were stored in a vault and were not harmed by the fire. [4]

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Bridge City | Orange | Pinehurst | Vidor | West Orange

Neighboring Counties

Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana  • Cameron Parish, Louisiana  • Hardin  • Jasper  • Jefferson  • Newton

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Resources

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Church

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/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


Court

Land

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Local Histories

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

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

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

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Probate

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

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 places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Births

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriages

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Deaths

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

South East Texas Genealogical and Historical Society
c/o Tyrrell Historical Library
PO Box 3827
Beaumont, TX 77704-3827
Website

Orange County Historical Society
PO Box 1345
Orange, TX 77630

Bridge City Library
101 Parkside Place Dr
Bridge City, TX 77611
Telephone Number: 409-735-4242
Website

Orange Public Library
220 5th St
Orange, TX 77630
Telephone Number: 409-883-1086
Website

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.

Websites

  • Orange County TXGenWeb site history, information, lists, links and other Orange County information.
  • FamilySearch Catalog — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, Texas. Page 671 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "3000 Persons Present for Orange County Courthouse Dedication," in the Port Arthur News, 19 Nov 1937
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. GenDisasters.com - Orange, TX Courthouse Fire, Apr 1898 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17708/orange-tx-orange-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1898