North Carolina, County Divorce Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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North Carolina, County Divorce Records, 1926-1975
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection contains an index and images to the "index to former husbands and maiden names of divorced women" covering the years 1926 to 1975. The documents included are affidavits, which are titled "Notice of Intention to Resume Use of Maiden Name."
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- The names of the parties involved
- The date and place of marriage
- Names and ages of children
- The cause of the divorce
- Terms of settlement
After the American Revolution and through 1827, divorces could be granted by the general assembly. The superior court for each county in North Carolina also had jurisdiction over divorce cases beginning in 1814.
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The names of the parties involved in the divorce
- The county where the divorce occurred
- The approximate year of the divorce
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Search for the marriage record of the couple
- Search for vital records, such as birth and death
- Search for the family in census records
- Locate the original divorce decree
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of North Carolina.
- North Carolina Guided Research
- North Carolina Record Finder
- North Carolina Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step North Carolina Research, 1880-Present
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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