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nameslessone Report 19 Aug 2013 14:25

Thanks Chris in Sussex

Chris in Sussex

Chris in Sussex Report 19 Aug 2013 11:11

I cannot find anything in Herber's 'Ancestral Trails', my bible, about the term RNR.
If you are around at the right time you could ask the NA on their 'live chat' service or by their 'contact form'.

Scroll down to 'Other ways to contact us'.



nameslessone Report 19 Aug 2013 10:51

I visited the National Archives recently because I had found they had divorce records for a family member.

I could only access the original petition and response everything else was closed for 100 years (1920 - 2021).

Where the term Decree Nisi was printed in a list on the outside of the document it was crossed out and RNR written in in pencil. Anyone know what that means?


Cynthia Report 18 Aug 2013 17:37

Hello Chris and welcome to the Community Boards :-)

As Chris is a new poster, I'll send a friendly message on how to return to her thread. :-)


Amokavid Report 17 Aug 2013 18:32

Survival depends on the date....

This is what the National Archives have to say about the survival of Divorce records............

Case files: survival rates and search tips

The Principal Registry contains only the decrees granting a divorce, but many people sued unsuccessfully for a divorce.
For each suit, whether successful or not, case files were created, containing the original petition and response, relevant marriage and birth certificates, court process, copies of decrees (from about 1870 onwards) and sometimes evidence.

Very few survive after 1937.

Case files are now destroyed 20 years after the divorce. If you are within the 20 year period, you can apply to the relevant court for permission to see the file.

Surviving case case files can be seen at The National Archives, in J 77 (which is searchable online by name).

* 1858-1927: almost all survive

* 1928-1937: 80% survive (files from the district registries have been destroyed)
* 1938-date: most have been destroyed.

A very small annual sample has been kept, subject to 30-year closure
* (search J 77 in the Catalogue, for these using surname only for example, Cassidy.
* A further 2% random sample is in J 132 for cases where the Official Solicitor acted for one of the parties: these are subject to a 75 year or longer closure.

You can get the decree absolute, costs £65, this only proves that a divorce took place, nothing much re the divorce details!


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ArgyllGran Report 17 Aug 2013 17:37

For USA:


ArgyllGran Report 17 Aug 2013 17:26

Try here:

and here for info on more recent divorces:

I'm assuming you mean UK divorces?


Chris Report 17 Aug 2013 17:16

Can someone enlighten me as to how I access divorce records please