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Locating Divorce Records in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the early 20th century.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist


My grandparents were divorced about 1919 in either Massachusetts (where they were married) or Rhode Island where they lived part of the time.  How would I found their divorce records in either state?



In Rhode Island Divorce records since 1905 are available from the Rhode Island Supreme Judicial Records Center at the following location:


Rhode Island Supreme Court Judicial Records Center

5 Hill Street

Pawtucket, RI 02860


In Massachusetts after 1922 divorce records are handled on the County court level.  Records prior to 1922 divorce records can be obtained from the Supreme Judicial Court Archives.  You will want to supply the name of both parties, when they divorced and the county they resided in.


Supreme Judicial Court Archives

3 Pemberton Square, 16th Floor
Boston, Ma. 02108
Attn: Elizabeth Bouvier, Archivist

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