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    How do I find divorce records?

    I am trying to find out when my grandparents divorced. This is a big gap in my records.
    Samual Goostry (nice unusual namefor searching ) and Edith Smith. Sam was born 21 June 1898 in Oldham, Lancs and Edith 1899 in Otley, Yorkshire. They married in 1920 in Oldham. The marraige is shown as dissolved when Edith remarried in 1968.
    I can find most things on Ancestry.co.uk but do not know where to access divorce records.
    Can anyone advise me of the procedure.

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    There are a couple of very useful research guides on the National Archives website
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/c...?sLeafletID=53
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/c...sLeafletID=260

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    There's a useful guide from the TNA here

    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/r...?WT.lp=rg-3175

    Also there is this section in the Wiki

    http://www.familytreeforum.com/wiki/...and_Annulments
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    you will probably have to apply to the court that is local to the couple, there is a place in london (High Holborn?) I think it is that holds records of divorces, but I am not aware of such things being online. You might be lucky if you search the newspapers local to where they were living as I understand they used to have little sections in papers where things like this were published.

    maybe someone else that is more knowledgeable than me will be able to answer you better. But I do know about the court having records as I have had copies of Decree absolute from them.
    Julie
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    Thank you for these replies. I will look at the links you have kindly provided. My problem with applying to the court in Oldham is that I have no idea of the year of the divorce. Would I need this to apply?

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    ideally yes, though I do believe that they will search a few years either way of the date. it might be an idea to look at electoral rolls to get an idea of what years they were living at an address and work from there?
    Julie
    Have you uploaded your GEDCOM to FTF yet??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muppet View Post
    Thank you for these replies. I will look at the links you have kindly provided. My problem with applying to the court in Oldham is that I have no idea of the year of the divorce. Would I need this to apply?
    This can be quite an expensive exercise.

    When I applied for divorce record I didn't know year of divorce, but knew when couple split up + when one of them remarried ... a span of 20 years. It cost 60 to cover timespan as they charged 30 to search 10 years. However some interesting info in divorce documents.

    This was a couple of years ago ... so fees may have changed since then.
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    this is the place in london where the records are kept

    http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/i...mily/index.htm
    Julie
    Have you uploaded your GEDCOM to FTF yet??

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    Thanks very much. I think cost will stop me doing too much on this one. I hate admitting defeat but think I will have to for the time being. I will keep a note of your helpful advice.

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    Hi - could this be a 2nd marriage for Samuel?
    Marriages Mar 1942
    Ec*les An*ie Goostry Oldham 8d 1704
    Goostry Samuel Eccles Oldham 8d 1704
    so that would give you an idea of when the divorce took place..

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