Indexers often make the mistake of interpreting the 1800 census records of “Hillsborough District” in Orange and neighboring counties as referring to residents of the town of Hillsborough. It actually means that the person lived in a section of his county which was under the jurisdiction of Hillsborough District Court in that time period.

Hillsborough District was not part of Orange (or ________) County. Instead, counties were a part of the Hillsborough District. In 1755 NC created five District Superior Courts throughout the state. The District Superior Courts were discontinued in 1806 when individual counties were allowed to have Superior Courts.

The North Carolina State Archives has an online catalog called MARS.

Family Search is bringing more and more records online every week.



Births & Deaths — see Vital Records below

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Deaths — see Vital Records below


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Orange County newspaper sites:

Obituaries — please submit new data directly to Archives

Photos & Post Cards — see History page above, as well as relevant pages

Schools — see page on ‎Education & Schools

Vital Records

Wills — see “Wills” under “Records” in the menu above

Orange County Records on the Past Whispers website by Nancy Brister