Staff in the Genealogy Room get requests about divorce records on a regular basis. In the past, we generally had to tell patrons that we had very little access to such records.
We can now tell people that we have greatly expanded access to some divorce records. Ancestry.com provides access to divorce records or divorce indexes for 24 states. Time periods covered vary, but sometimes include fairly recent coverage. Records and indexes are generally searchable, although a few are Browse Only.
In the case of indexes, information provided is generally minimal: husband, wife, age of both, county where married, county where divorced, date of divorce, and certificate or decree number.
In the case of records, information provided is generally substantial, and can also include birthplace, date and place of marriage, occupation, number of minor children, and cause for separation.
There is coverage for the following states:
WA (index and records)
There is a list of reference databases that we subscribe to on our website. Ancestry.com is available for use at Central Library and any of our branch libraries.
Our book collection also includes a small number of books containing divorce records. You can search our catalog by subject “divorce records.”