Divorce Research Toolkit

Divorce Research Toolkit

These Web sites, books and common terms can help you in researching a marital rift.

Web Sites

? Connecticut Women: Not Completely Hidden from History <www.newenglandancestors.org/education/articles/research>: Click Locality Research, then Connecticut.

? Divorce and Marital History <www.answers.com/topic/divorce-and-marital-separation>

? Divorce in Canada (1841-1968) <www.collectionscanada.ca/genealogy/008/index-e.html>

? Divorce Records on Roots Web <userdb.rootsweb.com/divorces>

? I dream of Genealogy: Divorce Records <www.idreamof.com/divorce.html>

? Where to Write for Vital Records <www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm>

Books

? Colonial Intimacies; Indian Marriage in Early New England by Ann Marie Plane (Cornell University Press)

? Divorce: An American Tradition by Glenda Riley (Bison Books)

? Great Expectations: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America by Elaine Tyler May (University of Chicago Press)

? The Hidden Half of the Family: A Source book for Women’s Genealogy by Christina Kassabian Schaeffer (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
 
Common divorce terms

? alimony: spousal support payments, also called maintenance

? decree: a court document legally granting a divorce

? ex-parte: a divorce granted by a judge in the absence of either spouse

? grounds: the legal basis for seeking a divorce

? no-fault: a divorce not requiring proof of either spouse’s fault

? petition: a document filed with the court to initiate divorce proceedings

? petitioner: the spouse who initiates divorce proceedings

? uncontested: a divorce in which both parties agree on the terms

 From the July 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

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