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As I have been researching how to get a divorce record from England I
thought I would share what I have found out. I have a copy of a document
explaining how to order the certificate and if anyone wants it please e-mail
me directly. Cost is 20 Pounds for each 10 year period searched.
Decree Absolute Search Section in the Principal Registry of the Family
Division holds a central index of all Decree Absolute granted in England and
Wales from 1858 to date.
If your divorce took place in England or Wales, the record is held by the
Principal Registry of the Family Division.
They will search their archives and issue a divorce certificate upon
If the record is not held in the Principal Divorce Registry, the applicant
will be notified of the address of the appropriate County Court from which
to obtain the record.
Please contact the Principal Registry for further instructions:
The Principal Registry of the Family Division
First Avenue House 42-49 High Holborn
London WC1V 6NP
-- Phone (The Division Manager): +44 (0) 20 7947 7951
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7947 6051
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7936 6000
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7947 6995
In case the divorce was granted in Northern Ireland, please refer to this
Probate and Matrimonial Office, Family Division Royal Courts of Justice
Belfast BT1 3JF
-- Phone: +44 (0) 28 9023 5111
In case that the divorce took place in Scotland, things are a bit more
complicated since seperate divorce records were not introduced in Scotland
before 1984. Nevertheless, divorces before that date were recorded as part
of the marriage records, and divorce certificates based upon those extracts
will be issued upon request.
To get detailed information on how to proceed, refer to:
Extractor of the Court of Session
2 Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RQ
-- Phone: +44 (0) 13 1225 2595
Alberta Family Histories Society
712-16th Ave NW,
Calgary, AB, T2W 0J8