Wednesday, January 30, 2013

UK Divorce Records on-line

UK Civil Divorce Records from 1858 to 1911 have just gone on-line. They date from the year when the Matrimonial Causes Act removed the jurisdiction of divorce from the church and made it a civil matter. Before this, a full divorce required intervention by Parliament, which had only granted around 300 since 1668. Transcripts of thousands of Victorian divorce proceedings have been put online at, and reveal the racy details of an era that most modern Britons consider to have been dominated by imperial duty, a stiff upper lip and formal familial relations. The records also include civil court records on separation, custody battles, legitimacy claims and nullification of marriages. Worth a look.

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