Marital problems, including divorce, adultery, and bigamy, were more common in the 19th and early 20th century than we may realize. When one member of a married couple seems to suddenly disappear from the records, we need to remember that separation or divorce may be the cause, rather than assuming the missing spouse must have died. We will discuss the kinds of records that can be created when divorce occurs and we will also review techniques for uncovering evidence of divorce and other marital mishaps.
Three short case studies will then be presented to demonstrate the techniques discussed.
60 to 90 minutes