Divorce records from all over the U.S are sometimes difficult to find online. They are another hidden gem of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.
What can you find in these records? Obviously the dates and location of the divorce proceeding, the date and location of the marriage, the woman’s maiden name, names of minor children, and the reason for the divorce. The reason can not only provide another part of your ancestor’s story, but also may lead to more clues, especially in the case of desertion, where you may be able to find the location that the “deserting” party moved to.
WARNING: Some of the information in the Divorce Petitions may be difficult to read. There may be shocking claims, especially related to your ancestors’ physical and emotional cruelty, or other behavior. Be prepared.
In most cases, I did not include the links to County Courts, where most divorce records are now processed and the documents held. But these divorce documents for most states are partially held in either state archives or county clerk records. So you may wish to avail yourself of these county clerk and court archives, especially those that can be searched online.
Note: Please be aware that if you find a desired divorce record in an index, that the holder of the actual materials (e.g., archive, county court, etc.) may charge a small fee to send you a copy of the material itself.
Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. Make sure that you are logged in to the site so that the collections that are browsable from anywhere will be displayed.
Below are links to the state’s divorce record and index collections that are available for free online.
(Updated February 2021; recently added links are in BOLD):
- Connecticut Divorce Index, 1968-1997
- Connecticut Divorces, Superior Court Records for the Counties of New London, Tolland & Windham, 1719-1910
- Connecticut, General Index to the Private Laws and Special Acts of the State
- Connecticut, Lotteries and Divorces 1755-1789 : one volume and index
- Connecticut, Lotteries and Divorces Second Series 1718-1820 : two volumes and index
- Fairfield County Divorce Papers, 1720-1799
- Fairfield County, Index for 1798-1808 & 1825-77 Divorce Judgments
- Fairfield County, Index for 1868-1941 Divorces
- Hartford County Divorce Index 1864-1929
- Hartford County Divorce Judgments Index 1798-1890
- Hartford County Divorce Papers, 1725-1849
- Litchfield (1899-1927), Tolland (1910-37), & Windham (1907-21) Counties Index for Divorces
- Litchfield County Divorce Papers, 1752-1922
- Middlesex County Divorce Papers, 1786-1797
- Middlesex County, Index for 1786-1904 Divorces
- New Haven County Superior Court Divorce Index, 1900-1922
- New Haven County Divorce Papers, 1712-1899
- New Haven County Divorce Papers, no appearance Files, 1808-1900
- New Haven County, Index for 1712-1900 Divorces
- New Haven County, Index for 1900-1944 Divorces
- New London County Superior Court Divorce Indexes, 1857-1974
- New London County Divorce Papers, 1719-1875
- New London, Tolland & Windham Counties, Divorces 1719-1910
- Tolland County Divorce Papers, 1787-1910
- Windham County Divorce Records 1726-1907
- Windham County Divorce Papers, 1726-1907
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
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