Wisconsin Divorce Index - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Record Description[edit | edit source]

This Collection includes record from 1965 to 1984.

The collection consists of indexes to divorce records from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

The index lists the following information:

  • Name of husband
  • Name of wife
  • Docket number
  • Divorce date
  • Divorce place
  • Reference number (page, volume, entry number)

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the person at the time of the divorce
  • The place where the divorce occurred
  • The approximate divorce date

Search the Collection[edit | edit source]

To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for a different index. Divorce records are a court record. Court records are often indexed at the beginning or end of record volumes. You might also want to check with a local genealogical or historical society as they often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby states.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Related Websites[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services

Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin Vital Records

Contributions to This Article[edit | edit source]

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Citations for This Collection[edit | edit source]

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.



Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Wisconsin Divorce Index, 1965-1984.