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  • Carol Lylyk
    Nov 2, 2003
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      http://web.archive.org/web/20011223165659/members.shaw.ca/hughlarmstrong/divlist.htm   Marg McFarlane from Olds just sent me this address which is the one I was looking for this summer.  It appears to be okay and I am pretty sure he gets his information from the gazette so I guess the information is still available, at least up to 1946 which is the date he shows. 
      I checked the National Archives site - Government Records and checked Divorce Records. 
      >> Divorce Act
       [textual record]


       0.1 m of textual records.
       Series consists of material relating to various divorce cases.
      Volume 10 is closed. >>
      I am not sure what they mean Volume 10 is closed never having looked at that page before I don't know if that phrase is new or if it means something else altogether. 
      Maybe they are just sealing the records of 'important people' as apparently it was reporters trying to find information of Mike Harris' lady friend that brought this to light. 
      Hopefully the Herald got it wrong otherwise that is another avenue closed to researchers.
      Carol Lylyk
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      Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2003 1:28 PM
      Subject: Re: Canadian Divorce records

      Well I'm astounded.  These divorces were published in the Canada Gazette, so hardly private.  Try the Calgary Court House library on the 7th floor.

      Lois Sparling

      Carol Lylyk wrote:
      Earlier this summer I was trying to find the link to Hugh Armstrong's Canadian Divorce site which had been on the National Archives site.  Reading in the Calgary Herald this morning I see that Parliament has decided divorces past and ongoing fall under the Privacy Act and have frozen those records.  This was done this spring without any notification so likely why that site is no longer available. 
      "Although divorce records will remain public in the locations they were filed, it will be difficult to determine whether someone has ever been divorced without checking with every  courthouse in the country"  to quote the Herald. 
      So it sounds like another avenue of research is closed to genealogists and family historians.
      Carol Lylyk

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