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StuartC
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Divorce Records

Post by StuartC » Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:42 am

Hi,
Does anyone know if there is an accessible index record (like the BMD index) for divorce in Scotland?

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StuartC

Currie
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Re: Divorce Records

Post by Currie » Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:19 pm

Hello Stuart,

I've never really chased one up but it seems that if both events occurred in Scotland after statutory registration there would probably be an RCE on the marriage record. http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/conte ... .aspx?1314

Search the NAS catalogue and see the NAS guide to divorce records. http://www.nas.gov.uk/guides/divorce.asp

Maybe something would be in newspaper archives, if they exist for the period in question, and depending on whether it was when divorce was a relative rarity or when it became much more common.

Hope that helps,
Alan

StuartC
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Re: Divorce Records

Post by StuartC » Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:57 pm

Hi Alan,

Thanks for the info. Currently NAS is down with technical problems,
Scotlands people does not have an obvious index.

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StuartC

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Re: Divorce Records

Post by SarahND » Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:10 pm

StuartC,
If you're talking about very early divorces (before 1830), have a look at the book Alienated Affections by Leah Leneman and the supplementary index in the Talking Scot Library: viewtopic.php?f=39&t=10535

Later records are indeed indexed at NAS.

Best wishes,
Sarah

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Re: Divorce Records

Post by StuartC » Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:21 pm

Hi Sarah,

Thanks. My interest is post 1984. I think I have now got some new info that may
give me access to the index.

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StuartC

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Re: Divorce Records

Post by AndrewP » Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:17 pm

Hi Stuart,

In the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh, you can see the divorce index, and divorce certificates for divorces from 1984 to date.

See http://www.scotlandspeoplehub.gov.uk/re ... esent.html

All the best,

AndrewP

StuartC
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Re: Divorce Records

Post by StuartC » Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:55 pm

Hi Andrew,
Thanks. Looks like you need to go in person to see the records. I live in Buckinghamshire so a bit
more than a day trip.
Thanks all the same. I might be up there sometime later this year
Regards
StuartC

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