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Divorce records on Ancestry

This article was posted in Essex Resources, Miscellaneous.

New on Ancestry.co.uk are the UK’s Civil Divorce Records covering the period 1858 to 1911.

This database contains records from civil divorce proceedings that followed the 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act. This removed divorce from the jurisdiction of the church to the civil courts.

Divorce was an expensive matter and therefore only available to a small part of the society. Nevertheless, even if they were not wealthy it is still worth searching for your ancestors’ names in case they a rementioned as a party to the divorce.

The database may contain the following information:
name
gender
spouse
spouse’s gender
type of record
petition year
date and place of marriage
names and birth details of children
copy of marriage certificate

More background information appears on the search page for Civil Divorce Records.

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