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Contents of a Divorce Record

Contents of a Divorce Record

Posted: 13 Mar 2013 5:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi
I've found my Gr Grandfather's divorce record on the National Archives and it totals 22 pages. I was wondering, though, before I pay for it, what a divorce record contains. Is it all relevant information?
Thanks
Josh

Re: Contents of a Divorce Record

Posted: 25 Mar 2013 10:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have often wondered why there are no posts in the divorce records thread!
From doing extensive research into divorces before the 1940's (I have great grandparents who were divorced in 1925, and have wondered if the records would give me any insight into why she(gr grandma) disappeared shortly beforehand), I have discovered that "back then" divorces were granted for one of two reasons- Abondonment, and Adultery.
In New York state, where I live, and also, my great grandparents divorce was granted, I would have to have a special dispensation to view and read their records. I decided that it was highly unlikely that their divorce named a possible third party, I believe that my great grandmother likely left the marriage voluntarily for someone else, and that it wouldn't be worth the possibly hundreds of dollars spent by me to find that the grounds for divorce were likely both abandonment and adultery.
For what it's worth though, not knowing what state your divorce was granted in, I think you should thoroughly research the laws in your state, then decide.
If you decide to pursue it, please post here, maybe someone else who is looking and unsure what to do will see it.
Good luck hunting,
Brenda

Re: Contents of a Divorce Record

Posted: 26 Mar 2013 3:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: kerns, Brandon, Stein
I have also wondered about why divorce records are not online too. As I understand it (I'm new to Ancestry) divorce records are public information as is birth, marriage and death records. Looking to find about my mothers first husbands divorce. Remember her talking about this woman and always wondered who she was. If someone could maybe clarify this for me and if it is possible to find it here on Ancestry, I would be most appreciative.
Mary

Re: Contents of a Divorce Record

Posted: 26 Mar 2013 5:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi
Divorce records are public information in as much as you can get the bare details for free online. However, I've just bought the full file from the National Archives in the hope that it will give me more information.
I'm waiting for the delivery of it now.
Josh

Re: Contents of a Divorce Record

Posted: 27 Mar 2013 10:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
That's great! You'll have to let us know what type of information was found in the file. How much did it cost you?

Re: Contents of a Divorce Record

Posted: 27 Mar 2013 3:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
It cost a lot more than I thought it would/should. It's £1 per page, and the document I have ordered is 22 pages. Hopefully it will be worth it!

Re: Contents of a Divorce Record

Posted: 27 Mar 2013 5:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,

I want to start looking into divorce records. I need for NY and Fla. Where do I start first? How do I look up my Mothers cousin divorce in Fla, from her first husband? I don't know cousins married name to her first husband. Also, now the big thing, how can I do the divorce thing on anestry?
Thanks,
Eric

Re: Contents of a Divorce Record

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 1:35AM GMT
Classification: Query
How can you see the divorce records on line for free,(what website) before you send away for it for more information?

Thanks

Re: Contents of a Divorce Record

Posted: 3 Aug 2013 1:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
I've been wondering that too and noticed that there are no responses to your post. I'm looking for divorce records for Cook County, Illinois (Chicago)........time period is the 1920's and the 1940's.

Re: Contents of a Divorce Record

Posted: 3 Aug 2013 1:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
How exactly did you do that?
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