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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.  
 
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.  
  
{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
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== County Information ==
 
== County Information ==
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==== Description ==== 
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The county was named for the orange fruit, the common citrus fruit grown by the early settlers of this county near the mouth of the Sabine River. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Orange, Texas" in "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_County,_Texas.'' accessed 11/22/2019</ref>
  
 
==== County Courthouse  ====
 
==== County Courthouse  ====
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801 W. Division Ave.<br>Orange 77630<br>Phone: 409-882-7825<br>Fax: 409-882-7083<br>  
 
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.  
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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]
 
*[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/ 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.  
  
''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. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25186 Digital book online] from The Portal to Texas History.<br>  
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''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. It also provides a list of Orange County records and an index. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25186 Digital book online] from The Portal to Texas History.<br>  
  
 
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)  
  
==== Orange County, Texas Record Dates ====
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====Orange County, Texas Record Dates====
  
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, Texas . Page 658-677 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 655-665.</ref></center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Orange County, Texas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Orange County, Texas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Orange County, Texas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Orange County, Texas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Orange County, Texas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Orange County, Texas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Orange County, Texas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1878
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1852
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1903
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1896
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1852
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1852
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1829
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1903
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. <br>General compliance by the 1930s.</center>
| 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
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" |1852
 
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
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'''1852--'''Orange County was created 5 February 1852 from [[Jefferson County, Texas Genealogy|Jefferson]] County.<br>  
 
'''1852--'''Orange County was created 5 February 1852 from [[Jefferson County, Texas Genealogy|Jefferson]] County.<br>  
*'''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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*'''County seat:''' Orange <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Orange, Williamson Settlement|place|disp=Williamson Settlement}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Orange, Williamson Settlement|place|disp=Williamson Settlement}}
  
==== Populated Places ====
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==== Populated Places ====
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://Texas.hometownlocator.com/tx/Orange Hometown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Orange County, Texas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_County,_Texas,
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Last accessed 18 August 2019.</ref>
  
Bridge City | Orange | Pinehurst | Vidor | West Orange  
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_City,_Texas Bridge City]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange,_Texas Orange] (county seat)
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Forest,_Texas Pine Forest]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinehurst,_Orange_County,_Texas Pinehurst]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Arthur,_Texas Port Arthur]‡
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_City,_Texas Rose City]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vidor,_Texas Vidor]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Orange,_Texas West Orange]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Heights,_Texas Forest Heights]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Cypress,_Texas Little Cypress]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orangefield,_Texas Orangefield]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauriceville,_Texas Mauriceville]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemonville,_Texas Lemonville]</div>
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<p>‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties</p>
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[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]]  
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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]]
<center>{{TX Orange County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
 
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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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial FindAGrave] 
| width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|482739|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Texas/Orange-County?id=county_2700 FindAGrave]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/orange-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Findagrave.com]  
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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]
| bgcolor="#eddffb" | {{FHL|482739|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2700 Findagrave.com ]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search# BillionGraves (name)]  
[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Orange/ListOrange.html Cemeteries of TX]
| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Orange+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/orange/cemetery.htm GenWeb Archives]  
[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/orange/orange-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery BillionGraves]
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=181 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgenwebsites.org/TXOrange/Orange_County_Vital%20Records_2017/00_Cemetery__Homepage_2017.html TXGenWeb]
[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Orange/ListOrange.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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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]
[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/orange.htm Interment]
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| colspan="3" | See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.  
 
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
 
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102412 Forest Lawn Memorial Park, West Orange] BillionGraves
 
  
 
==== Census ====
 
==== Census ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[[Image:Txorange.jpg|400px|Txorange.jpg]]
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{{TX Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{TX Orange County}}}}
  
 
*'''1862''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88879 Orange County 1862 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.  
 
*'''1862''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88879 Orange County 1862 Map] from The Portal to Texas History.  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*'''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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*'''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 $
  
 
=====Mexican-American War=====
 
=====Mexican-American War=====
 
   
 
   
*'''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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*'''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 $
  
 
=====Civil War=====
 
=====Civil War=====
  
*'''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|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union 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://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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=====World War I=====
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*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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'''Online Probate Records'''  
 
'''Online Probate Records'''  
  
*'''1800–1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800–1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — images
*'''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 $
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*'''1800–2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
 
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*'''1802 - 2010''' [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=texas%2ctx Texas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''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 $  
 
*'''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 $  
*'''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 - 1965''' {{RecordSearch|1803985|Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''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 - 1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681052|Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*'''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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*'''1837 - 1977''' {{RecordSearch|1803987|Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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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] — index $
 
*'''1951 - 1971''' [http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/marriages/marriages.html Orange County Marriages 1951-1971] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.   
 
*'''1951 - 1971''' [http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/marriages/marriages.html Orange County Marriages 1951-1971] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.   
 
*'''1966 - 2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010] FamilySearch record collection
 
*'''1966 - 2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010] FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1903 - 1984''' [http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/deaths.html Orange County Deaths 1903-1984] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.  
 
*'''1903 - 1984''' [http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/deaths.html Orange County Deaths 1903-1984] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site.  
 
*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/cremations.html Orange County Cremations and Donations to Science] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site. .  
 
*[http://txgenweb4.org/txorange/cremations.html Orange County Cremations and Donations to Science] from the Orange County TXGenWeb site. .  
*'''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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*'''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  
 
*'''1977 - 1986'''  {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*'''1977 - 1986'''  {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
 
===== Divorce  =====
 
===== Divorce  =====
  
*'''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 - 2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records 1968 - 2005] (index)&nbsp; - Hidden Ancestors  
*'''1968 - 2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
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*'''1968 - 2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
*'''1968 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — 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  ==
  
'''South East Texas Genealogical and Historical Society'''<br>c/o Tyrrell Historical Library<br> P.O. Box 3827<br>Beaumont, TX 77704-3827<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsetghs/ Website]<br><br>  
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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://sites.rootsweb.com/~txsetghs/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Orange County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 1345<br>Orange, TX 77630<br><br>  
  
'''Orange County Historical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 1345<br>Orange, TX 77630<br> Orange County Home Page<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>
  
'''Bridge City Library'''<br>101 Parkside Place Dr<br>Bridge City, TX 77611<br> (409) 735-4242<br>[http://www.bridgecitytex.com/dynpage-print.php?pageid=81 Website]<br><br> ''Orange Public Library'''<br>220 5th St<br>Orange, TX 77630<br>(409) 883-1086<br> [http://orangetexaslibrary.com/ 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>  ====
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}  
  
 
*[[Orange Texas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Orange Texas Family History Center]]
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== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txorange/ Orange County TXGenWeb site] history, information, lists, links and other Orange County information.  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txorange/ Orange County TXGenWeb site] history, information, lists, links and other Orange County information.  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Orange|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Texas Orange|subject|disp=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  ==
 
== References  ==

Revision as of 17:40, 22 November 2019

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
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Map of Texas highlighting Orange County
Location in the state of Texas
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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[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the orange fruit, the common citrus fruit grown by the early settlers of this county near the mouth of the Sabine River. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

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[2]

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[3], 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. It 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[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1878 1852 1903 1896 1852 1852 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.


History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

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

  • County seat: Orange [5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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. [6]

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

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

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Church[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Hardin CountyJasper CountyNewton CountyJefferson CountyCameron ParishCalcasieu ParishTX ORANGE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Mexican-American War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

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
[edit | edit source]

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.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Orange, Texas" in "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_County,_Texas. accessed 11/22/2019
  2. 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.
  3. "3000 Persons Present for Orange County Courthouse Dedication," in the Port Arthur News, 19 Nov 1937
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, Texas . Page 658-677 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 655-665.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. GenDisasters.com - Orange, TX Courthouse Fire, Apr 1898 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17708/orange-tx-orange-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1898
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Orange County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_County,_Texas, Last accessed 18 August 2019.