Archival County Records to Be Preserved, Digitized

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For Immediate Release

October 30, 2015

Contact: David Cabrera
Phone: (714) 834-2083
david.cabrera@rec.ocgov.com

Archival County Records to Be Preserved, Digitized

(Santa Ana, CA) — A project being spearheaded by Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen to preserve 210 irreplaceable volumes of historical property indexes and records from 1889 to 1953 was approved by the Board of Supervisors, including creating backup copies on microfilm and as electronic images to increase public access.

The project is being undertaken by Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen, whose office oversees the Orange County Archives which is the County’s repository of official historical records.

“It is my job to protect and safeguard the County’s records including these historical and unique records. These volumes are the only existing records; said Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen. “These copies will preserve the records for generations to come.” “I would also like to thank the Board of Supervisors for approving this project to preserve the County’s historical records.”

The preservation work includes a de-acidification and cleaning process, providing a protective sleeve for each page and rebinding the volumes, many of which are deteriorating from time and use. One electronic copy and one microfilm copy of all of the records will be made concurrent with the preservation work.

The Orange County Archives houses 3,026 volumes of historic records dating from the County’s formation in 1889. These archival records include essential information for government operations and the lives of individual citizens, documenting land records, marriages, birth, deaths and businesses. The records provide insight into the creation of the county geographically, socially, politically and culturally, as well as documenting the government structure.

To learn more about the Orange County Archives, please visit www.ocarchives.com.

For more information about the services offered by the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department, please visit: www.ocrecorder.com.