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* Finding divorce or marital status with Bible records

A family's Bible records usually include all marriages that take place in a family. In addition, to marriages, however, they may include divorces. When you find information in actual Bibles, check the publication date of the Bible. If the Bible was printed, for example, in 1871, but a marriage is recorded for 1851, you know that the date of that particular marriage was not written down at the time of the marriage, but was written down several years later. Dates recorded after the fact are less likely to be accurate.

When you cannot find family Bibles among your own family members, check with genealogical societies in the area where the family lived. They may have or be aware of the location of local Bible records. Make sure to search both under the maiden name and married name.

Next, search through the transcribed Bible records belonging to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). These transcribed Bible records are available at the DAR library in Washington, D.C., local DAR chapters, and on microfilm through the Family History Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. See the topic Libraries with a National Focus, Including LDS for information about these two libraries.

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