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Connecticut Divorce Index, 1968-1997
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Record Description
Record Type Divorce Index
Collection years 1968-1997
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Related Websites
Connecticut Department of Public Health

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

The collection consists of indexes to divorces from the Connecticut Department of Public Health in Hartford. The index is provided by The collection includes records from 1968 to 1997.

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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 those directly involved with the divorce
  • The names of children
  • The places of birth and education, previous marriages, and custody rights

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

The following is an example of the type of information that may be contained on the indexed records. The amount of information varies from record to record.

Field Indexed Value
Name John J Smith
Event Type Divorce
Event Date 30 Mar 1971
Event Place Connecticut
Race White
Education Level 4 years college
Birth Date Jul 1940
Birthplace Connecticut
Number of Previous Marriages Not Stated
Spouse's Name Pame
Spouse's Race White
Spouse's Education Level 3 years high school
Spouse's Birth Date May 1942
Spouse's Birthplace Pennsylvania
Spouse's Previous Marriage Number Not Stated
Marriage Date Oct 1961
Marriage Place Washington D.C.
Separation Date Jun 1970
Plaintiff Party Husband
Plaintiff's Residence Place West Hartford, Connecticut
Number of Children Under Age 18 Five
Custody Granted Husband
Type of Decree Divorce granted to husband
Grounds for Divorce Cruelty
Case Contested No
Court Docket Number 166790
Court Hartford
Affiliate Publication Number DR09368
Certificate Number 3030

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person at the time of the divorce
  • The place where the divorce occurred
  • The approximate divorce date

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

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 use the page, volume or entry number listed to locate your ancestor's divorce record. The certificates are available at the Connecticut Department of Public Health in Hartford.

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

  • Use the divorce information to find the marriage record
  • Search for additional records about your ancestor where the divorce occurred
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
  • Use the information found listed to find the family in census records and birth records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for a different index. Divorce records are a court record. Court records are often indexed at the beginning or end of record volumes. You might also want to check with a local genealogical or historical society as they often have indexes to local record.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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