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Rebecca B. Wall Local History Collection

at the Main Library

Local History Collection

Cataloged Books

  • Local Family Histories
  • Church Histories
  • Revolutionary War
  • Civil War

Orange County Records on Microfilm

  • Court Minutes, 1752-1868
  • Record of Deeds, 1775-1872
  • Index to Deeds, 1755-1962
  • Record of Wills, 1752-1893
  • Index to Wills, 1756-1961
  • Marriage Bonds, 1752-1868
  • County Newspapers, 1820-Present
  • U.S. Census for Orange County

Historical Maps

  • Land grants to early settlers in present Wake County, 1739-1820
  • Land grants to early settlers in old Orange County, 1743-1810
  • Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Orange, Person County Roads, 1982

Magazines and Journals

  • Hillsborough Historical Society, August 1981-July 1995
  • North Carolina Booklet, 1901-1926 with index
  • North Carolina Historical Review, 1924-Present
  • North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, 1975-Present

Online Resources

  • Ancestry.com (Library Use Only) - Census records; birth, death and marriage records; newspaper articles; historical stories; photos; historical maps; and more

  • HeritageQuest (Offered through NC LIVE) - U.S. census data; family genealogies; local histories; tax lists; city directories; land and probate records; birth, marriage, and death records; and more
  • Sanborn Maps (Offered through NC LIVE) - Provides access to large scale maps of North Carolina towns and cities from 1867 to 1970

Links to Other Area Resources

  • Cemetery Census - Provides free listings of cemetery surveys along with photographs of grave markers

  • Colonial and State Records of North Carolina - Provides access to the 30-volume set of records published between 1886-1907 including census, court, land and military records; maps; obituaries and more
  • Durham-Orange Genealogical Society - Dedicated to the research and preservation of family history of Durham and Orange Counties, NC
  • North Carolina State Archives - Maintains an extensive collection of historical materials relating to North Carolina including official records of state, county and local governmental units including county records--bonds, Census, court, land, estate, marriage, tax, wills and military
  • Orange County Register of Deeds - Maintains historical documents pertaining to Orange County that include property, marriage, births and deaths records and is accessible to the general public
  • Southern Historical Collection - Owns a vast collection of primary historical documents such as diaries, journals, letters, photographs, maps, drawings, ledgers and oral histories
  • State Library of North Carolina, Genealogy Services - Contains resources such as family histories, published abstracts, periodicals, county histories, and reference materials to help trace families in North Carolina

About Rebecca B. Wall

Rebecca B. Wall (December 22, 1898 – April 2, 1986) was a former librarian, devoted patron, benefactor of the Orange County Public Library and valued member of the community. She was the owner of Heartsease, also known as the Burke-Heart Home, located at 115 Queen Street in historic Hillsborough and a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church. She was a descendent of Thomas Ruffin, Chief Justice of North Carolina, and Duncan Cameron. Orange County Public Library dedicated the local history collection in her honor on August 6, 2010.