Virginia, Divorce Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Virginia, Divorce Records, 1918-1988
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Virginia, 
United States
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Location of Virginia
Record Description
Record Type Divorce
Collection years 1918-1988
FamilySearch Resources
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Virginia Department of Health, Vital Records


What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists images of divorce records located at the Virginia State Department of Health. The collection covers the years 1918 to 1988. Certificate images courtesy of Ancestry.com.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

These records contain the following information:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Divorce date
  • Name of court
  • County of court
  • Conditions of the divorce decree

In addition the records may also contain:

  • Ages or calculated birth year of husband and wife
  • Names of minor children
  • Names of other relatives
  • Court costs

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Virginia, Divorce Records Digital Folder Number List.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The names of those in the divorce case
  • The approximate divorce date
  • The divorce place
  • The names of children who may be named in the divorce

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the Virginia, Divorce Records Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

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]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as age, or wife's maiden name. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the information found in the divorce record to find the marriage record.
  • Use the information found in the divorce record to find the family in census records
  • Use the information found in the divorce record to find the family in land records
  • Use the information found in the divorce record to find the family in additional county and state records.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Virginia.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.