The purpose of the Orange County Genealogical Society is to encourage genealogical research by educating the public about the study of genealogical records. We also collect and preserve family and genealogical records and papers pertaining to, but not limited to, the past and present inhabitants of Orange County.
The Orange County Genealogical Society was formed in 1971 with a great deal of assistance from then Orange County Historian, Donald Clark. We have evolved from a handful of dedicated people to a membership well over 700.
Our first newsletter was three pages. We now produce a twelve page quarterly publication that we also exchange with many societies and libraries. Queries and ancestor tables submitted by our members are a big part of our quarterlies.
We have been instrumental in getting many area towns to establish a cemetery law, to prevent the destruction and desecration of our ancestor's sacred burial grounds.
Due to the dedication of a wonderful group of active volunteers we have one of the greatest research facilities in the area, many items available nowhere else in the world. We have an area of our facility devoted to each of the twenty Towns in Orange County. Our volunteers are constantly looking for ways to make more information accessible to anyone researching Orange County ancestors. We transcribe, index, compile, and sometimes publish items of interest. A very dedicated group of people is currently preparing a bibliography of our holdings; a powerful undertaking which when complete will facilitate research.
One volunteer has published, for the society; six volumes of Genealogical History of Black Families of Orange County. A husband and wife team transcribed Vital Records from 1847-1849. Another volunteer prepared a Master Surname Index to many of our holdings. Other volunteers have contributed in many ways too numerous to include here. There are several other publications being prepared so check our website on a regular basis for updates.
OCGS also hosts a discussion group on Yahoo
groups for topics related to people and places in and around Orange
To join click on Yahoo