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Orange County Genealogy

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The county was formed in 1752 from parts of Bladen County, Granville County, and Johnston County. It was named for the infant William V of Orange, whose mother Anne, daughter of King George II of Great Britain, was then regent of the Dutch Republic.

In 1771 Orange County was greatly reduced in area. The western part of it was combined with the eastern part of Rowan County to form Guilford County. Another part was combined with parts of Cumberland County and Johnston County to form Wake County. The southern part of what remained became Chatham County.

In 1777 the northern half of what was left of Orange County became Caswell County. In 1849 the western third of the still shrinking county became Alamance County. Finally, in 1881 the eastern half of the county’s remaining territory was combined with part of Wake County to form Durham County.

From the Wikipedia.

The county seat of Orange County is Hillsborough and the county is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Orange County Genealogy Resources

Orange County NCGenweb site

Orange County NCGenWeb Archives

Durham-Orange Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 4703
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4703

Chapel Hill Historical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 503
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-0503

Hillsborough Historical Society
P.O. Box 871
Hillsborough, NC 27278

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Orange County Government

Orange County Government Official Site
200 South Cameron St., PO Box 8181
Hillsborough, NC 27278
(919) 732-8181

Register of Deeds Office – online search
228 S. Churton Street, Suite 300
Hillsborough, NC.
Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM, excluding holidays

Orange County Public Library
Orange County Main Library
137 W. Margaret Ln; Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone (919) 245-2525; Fax (919) 644-3003

Operating Hours
Monday – Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday – Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: Closed

Carrboro Branch Library
Located in McDougle Middle School
900 Old Fayetteville Rd; Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Phone (919) 969-3006; Fax (919) 969-3008

Operating Hours
Monday – Thursday: 3:30 pm – 8 pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

Carrboro Cybrary
100 N Greensboro St; Carrboro, NC 27510
Phone: (919) 918-7387; Fax: (919) 918-3960

New Operating Hours Beginning July 1, 2010
Monday – Friday: 9 am to 3 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Cedar Grove Branch
5800 NC HWY 86 N; Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone: (919) 732-9211; Fax: (919) 732-3899

Operating Hours
Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday: Closed

Census

1850 Federal Census Transcription (No index?)

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Orange County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Orange County Cemetery Census

Cities and Towns of Orange County

There are three incorporated municipalities located primarily in Orange County: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough. However, parts of the City of Mebane in Alamance County are located in Orange County.

Unincorporated Places:

* Blackwood
* Buckhorn (also known as Cheeks Crossroads)
* Caldwell
* Calvander
* Carr
* Cedar Grove
* Dodsons Crossroads
* Dogwood Acres
* Efland
* Eno
* Eubanks
* Fairview, Hillsborough
* Hurdle Mills
* Laws
* McDade
* Miles
* Oaks
* Orange Grove
* Piney Grove
* Rougemont
* Schley
* Teer
* University (formerly known as Glenn)
* White Cross

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News related to Orange County, NC

“”orange county” nc” – Google News

Tornado causes damage at NC lawmaker’s Orange County home, neighborhood – CBS17.com

Tornado causes damage at NC lawmaker’s Orange County home, neighborhood  CBS17.com

Rep. Graig Meyer told CBS 17 that his wife saw the tornado that hit.




Damage, Radar Indicates Tornado Touched Down Near Chapel Hill – Spectrum News

Damage, Radar Indicates Tornado Touched Down Near Chapel Hill  Spectrum News

ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. – According to radar, a tornado has touched down in Orange County near Hillsborough, Carrboro, and Chapel Hill. Interactive radar …




Tornado Warning Lifted For Chapel Hill, Orange County – Chapelboro.com

Tornado Warning Lifted For Chapel Hill, Orange County  Chapelboro.com

A tornado warning has been issued for portions of central North Carolina. This post will be updated with more information as it becomes available.




Storms bring winds, tornadoes Friday to the Triangle – Raleigh News & Observer

Storms bring winds, tornadoes Friday to the Triangle  Raleigh News & Observer

A tornado was reported near Hillsborough on Friday afternoon by the National Weather *Service*, as a band of severe thunderstorms crossed the region.




Man faces child molestation charges after girl’s sleepover in Orange County, N.C. – WNCT

Man faces child molestation charges after girl’s sleepover in Orange County, N.C.  WNCT

Orange County, N.C. Sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged a man with child sex crimes after he allegedly molested two girls during a child’s sleepover.




Tornado Warning Issued For Orange County, Central North Carolina – Chapelboro.com

Tornado Warning Issued For Orange County, Central North Carolina  Chapelboro.com

Posted by Dakota Moyer | Apr 19, 2019 | Weather | 0. The National Weather *Service* has issued a tornado warning for Orange County and central North Carolina …


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