Monday, December 10, 2007

Orange County Genealogy

Genealogy is a subject I had been pretty passionate in during the early 1990's. I would spend quite a bit of time on weekends visiting various libraries in Orange County.

During the old days of OCThen (2000-2001), we kept a links page called aptly enough, "Orange County Genealogy", that showed you where some of the better online resources and organizations you could draw upon.

These days, there are perhaps 20x more websites focusing on Orange County genealogy, and Google is now a better tool for ferreting them out.

But I wanted to highlight a couple of genealogy focused websites that I'm personally involved in, that feature sections on Orange County, CA, in case any of you have the genealogy bug..

  • - Orange County - This website publishes records of burials, mostly gleaned from tombstone inscriptions, and lesser times from sexton records. There are thousands of cemeteries indexed from across the world, and this particular page takes you to the Orange County cemeteries.

  • - Orange County - This website is like a clearinghouse of ads (or what we call queries) of people searching for distant relatives, in hopes of sharing genealogy research with one another. Since launching it in 2001, it's become a popular tool for adoptees searching for their biological parents, and we've helped hundreds of people reunite with their birth mothers, fathers, and siblings after long periods of separation.
And there's no fee to use either of these websites, it's all ad supported.

Some of the better libraries and archives in Orange County to research genealogy are the National Archives, Laguna Niguel, and the Family History Center, Orange (on Yorba St).


  1. If you're trying to track down ancestors who lived in Orange County, you'll probably be able to learn quite a bit at the Orange County Archives in Santa Ana:

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