Orange County, New York
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Joe Arlt has offered to be a lookup researcher for the surname CLARK(E).  Click here for more information.

I am getting alot of requests for helping in searching for other people's ancestors, please understand I do NOT live in Orange County or anywhere near New York State.

2007 is the Centennial year for the Port Jervis Fire Department, please check out their website.

I have finished adding all of the  Marriage & Death Notices that I had in my possession.   Anyone interested in helping me to continue this project please contact me.

I am adding a new feature to the site called Most Wanted, if you send me your brick walls or most wanted I will post them on a page and maybe someone can help you.

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ORANGE - a county in the S.E. part of New York, has an area of about 770 square miles. It is bounded on the E. by the Hudson river, and on the S. by the State of New Jersey, and is drained by Walkill and Shawangunk rivers, and other smaller streams, which afford valuable water-power. The surface in the S.E. parts is mountainous, and the Shawangunk range passes through the western portion. The other parts of the county are usually, but moderately uneven. The soil is generally fertile, and well adapted to grazing, and the "Orange county butter" is highly esteemed in the New York markets. Indian corn, oats, potatoes, and grass are the staples. In 1850 this county produced 491,074 bushels of corn; 390,834 of oats; 146,331 of potatoes; 96,593 tons of hay, and 3,769,034 pounds of butter. There were 49 flour mills, 36 saw mills, 8 cotton, and 8 woollen factories, 3 iron furnaces, 3 paper mills, 18 tanneries, and 4 oilcloth factories. It contained 67 churches, 9 newspaper offices, 9492 pupils attending public schools, and 912 attending academies or other schools. Iron ore, marble, limestone, and sandstone are abundant. The Hudson river is navigable for ships along the entire eastern border. The Delaware and Hudson canal, and the New York and Erie railroad traverse this county, which is also partly intersected by the Newburg Branch railroad. Seats of justice, Goshen and Newburg. Population, 57,145. page 862

Baldwin, Thomas and J. Thomas, M.D. New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Grambo, & Co., 1854

Thanks to the Scotchtown for the use of this map

Sarah McWilliams, T. F. Armstrong, Edgar R. Armstrong
I am trying to find out information about these people if you know them or of them please .

Woman's name is unknown, but it was in a group of pictures
with the Armstrong/McWilliams picture above.

 Bible Records

by Robert Houston McCready.

by Samuel W. Eager, Esq.  

offsite link

 by Philip H. Smith.
A book of late 19th century history of Orange and some of the surrounding counties.

The Orange County Directory 1878-9 is now complete,
the link above will take you to the main page from there
you can navigate to the various towns or businesses.

Index of names for the book

View from West Point looking across the Hudson River east.

Old Liberty Street School,
Middletown, N. Y.

Submitted by Judy Wolf and found by Alex Goldberg.

We are adding obituaries and wills as they are sent to us.
If you have one you would like posted here please .

Souvenoir of the Dedication of the New Federal Building in Middletown, N.Y.  
Post Office 1911 now used as the Police Headquarters.

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