From 1793 to 1832, divorces in Georgia were subject to legislative approval after being approved by the county superior court. The divorce files continue to be in the custody of the county superior courts. Divorces, name changes, and decrees of feme sole granted by the Georgia legislature are abstracted in Robert S. Davis, Jr., The Georgia Black Book II (Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1987). Eichholz, Alice, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book, American State, County, and Town Sources. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, Inc., 1992.

Those divorces granted by the Georgia legislature prior to 1832 also appear in the manuscript: Georgia divorces, 1793-1833, compiled by MariLee Beatty Hageness. You can access this manuscript by ordering the following microfiche/microfilm from your local FHC:

The only other published sources for recent divorces will probably appear in newspaper archives and transcriptions. Unless you have access to newspaper archives for Georgia, we suggest you use the link above to request confirmation of a divorce.

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