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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

11-year-old fights back, hits home intruder with machete in Orange County, deputies say – CBS17.com

  1. 11-year-old fights back, hits home intruder with machete in Orange County, deputies say  CBS17.com
  2. Judge sets bail for teen robbery suspect hit with machete by 11-year-old boy  Durham Herald Sun
  3. 11-year-old North Carolina boy describes moment he grabbed machete to ‘protect the house’  KFOR Oklahoma City
  4. Machete-wielding 11-year-old ‘star baseball player’ thwarts home invader in Orange County  WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro
  5. Mebane home intruder thwarted by 11-year-old with machete walks out of hospital, Orange County sheriff says  WTVD-TV
  6. View full coverage on Google News




Orange County suspect who fled hospital with machete wound captured in Burlington – Durham Herald Sun

Orange County suspect who fled hospital with machete wound captured in Burlington  Durham Herald Sun

A suspect who fled UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill with a machete wound inflicted by an 11-year-old boy was arrested Sunday afternoon in Alamance County, …




He broke into a North Carolina home and was hit in the head with a machete. That was just the beginning – USA TODAY

He broke into a North Carolina home and was hit in the head with a machete. That was just the beginning  USA TODAY

A suspect in a North Carolina break-in who police say was hit in the head by an 11-year-old with a machete has been captured.




Orange County, NC school teacher threatened to ‘shoot up the school,’ deputies say – WNCT

Orange County, NC school teacher threatened to ‘shoot up the school,’ deputies say  WNCT

An Orange County, N.C. elementary school teacher resigned May 17 after she made threats to “shoot up the school,” the sheriff’s office said.




Funeral set for former Orange Co. Sheriff Pendergrass, known as ‘a tenacious lawman’ – Raleigh News & Observer

Funeral set for former Orange Co. Sheriff Pendergrass, known as ‘a tenacious lawman’  Raleigh News & Observer

Funeral services have been set for former Orange County Sheriff Albert “Lindy” Pendergrass, who died Sunday afternoon. Pendergrass, who turned 85 on May …




Suspected home intruder chased off by 11-year-old boy with machete – AOL

Suspected home intruder chased off by 11-year-old boy with machete  AOL

An 11-year-old boy from North Carolina is making headlines after he chased off three home invaders by striking one of them with a machete last Friday.


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