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* Finding the minimum information for vital records

To get a copy of a divorce record, you must at least know the full married name of one of the spouses, the approximate year of the divorce, and the state or county where the divorce took place. If you do not have the minimum information to find a divorce record, you can either:

* Get help finding some of the minimum information by selecting the following item,

Name

* Click the Back button on your browser to return to the list of other places where you can find an individual's children's names, or

* read the paragraphs below for a few additional tips.

Finding vital records

Even if you don't have the minimum information required to find the original records, you're not completely out of luck. Indexes to vital records have been made for some states and counties. These indexes provide you with the information you need to access the original record. Check with libraries and genealogy societies in the area -- they may know if any indexes exist for the records that you need.

Finding children's names

Try looking at obituaries for the parents, as well as gravestones and cemetery records. They are likely places to find information about an individual's children. For help locating cemeteries and cemetery records, see the topic Locating cemeteries and cemetery records.

Make sure to check photo albums, scrapbooks, diaries, and family Bibles at home. See the topic Finding information at home for more information. Also check for local histories. See the topic Finding previous research.

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