Wisconsin Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: Wisconsin Divorce Index, 1965-1984 .
This Collection includes record from 1965 to 1984.
The collection consists of indexes to divorce records from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.
Citation for this Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- "Wisconsin, Divorce Index." Ancestry.com. http://www.ancestry.com. : 2012.
The index lists the following information:
- Name of husband
- Name of wife
- Docket number
- Divorce date
- Divorce place
- Reference number (page, volume, entry number)
How to Use the Record
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to divorces make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
- The name of the person at the time of the divorce
- The place where the divorce occurred
- The approximate divorce date
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, volume, or entry number) to locate your ancestor in the divorce records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
If you do not find the person you are looking for, try the following:
- Look for alternate spellings of 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 records.
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/VitalRecords/divorce.htm
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