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Ask a Genealogist: Divorces in the 1790's in New Jersey.

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Question:

It appears my ancestor's marriage ended by divorce in New Jersey in the 1790's.  Could you offer a suggestion as to where the records are, and if there is an index?

Answer:

The New Jersey State Archives has the surviving divorce petitions pre-1850.  For an index you will want to refer to Beth Jones-Reichman's Divorces by Legislative Acts,1778-1844The Genealogical Magazine ofNew Jersey 53 (January 1978), pgs. 1-10.  This magazine can be found at NEHGS on the Fifth Floor [Call # F131.G32].  The New Jersey State Archives website is: http://www.nj.gov/state/archives/index.html
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