Family History

Researching your family history

The official records kept as part of Orange’s cemetery can be a valuable resource for someone researching their family history. Orange City Council holds a range of burial records for the Catholic, Church of England, Methodist and Presbyterian denominations or the Orange cemetery.  These records can be viewed between 9 am-5 pm Monday to Friday at the Civic Centre, Byng Street Orange.  For more information, please call the Cemetery Clerk at Orange City Council on 6393 8000.

A wide variety of family history resources are also held at the Orange City Library.  Information available includes:

  • Birth, Death and Marriage Records – NSW and other states
  • Cemetery Transcripts for other villages, towns and cities throughout New South Wales
  • Passenger and shipping records
  • Census and electoral rolls
  • Telephone and other directories
  • Newspapers
  • Handbooks and Guides
  • Family History books and newsletters
  • Probate
  • Online databases

Cemeteries

The Orange district has a number of historic cemeteries. The Chinaman’s Bend Cemetery is said to be Orange’s first burial ground.

The Orange General Cemetery was established in 1853, with the oldest surviving headstone dating from 1854.  The cemetery has been in continuous use for over 150 years.  The cemetery situated on Lone Pine Avenue.

Council manages the Spring Hill Cemetery, which closed in c.1977. The small village of March houses two church cemeteries.

A Self Guided Tour Orange Cemetery   brochure can be downloaded to assist with a walking tour of the cemetery  which focuses on some of the best features of this historic cemetery.  The brochure explains the history of the cemetery from its establishment, different styles of monuments and the meaning of symbols on monuments.

For more information on the cemetery contact Orange City Council on 6393 8000

Orange Family History Group

The Orange Family History group meets monthly at Orange City Library.

For further information contact:
e: familyhistory@orange.nsw.gov.au    w: www.ofhg.com.au