Series GR-3741 - Prince George Supreme Court divorce indexes

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Prince George Supreme Court divorce indexes

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  • 1968-1996 (Creation)

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30 cm textual records

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The British Columbia government established a Supreme Court registry at Fort George (the Fort George Registry, Cariboo Judicial District), effective September 1, 1914. It was approved and ordered by Order-in-Council # 0914-1914, dated July 17, 1914. The date of the establishment of the South Fort George registry of the County Court has not yet been confirmed by BC Archives staff (as of March 2016).

The City of Prince George was incorporated on March 6, 1915.

Effective December 15, 1923, the new Prince George Supreme Court Registry (Cariboo Judicial District) was established and the registries at Fort George and South Fort George were closed.

By OIC 0027-1924, the appointment of the District Registrar for the Supreme Court, Fort George Registry (George Milburn) was rescinded; Milburn was at the same time appointed District Registrar for the new Prince George Registry. (Source: OIC 0027-1924; and notice given January 8, 1924 by the Attorney-Generals’ Department, in BC Gazette, January 10, 1924, p. 51).

The office of the District Registrar of the Supreme Court at South Fort George was also closed effective December 15, 1923. At that time, all books, documents, records, registrations and instruments filed in the closed registry were transferred to the office of the Registrar of the newly-created Prince George Registry of the Supreme Court. (Source: Attorney-General Department’s notice dated January 11, 1924, British Columbia Gazette 1924, p. 98).

Currently (to March 31, 2016) the Prince George Registry of the Supreme Court continues as an active registry.

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The series consists of indexes to divorces issued by the Prince George Supreme Court between 1968 and 1996. The records in accession 83-1593 are arranged alphabetically by surname, and include a column for the wife’s forenames, the husband’s forenames, and the file number. Please note that the file number provided is the “5927” number issued by the Central Divorce Registry. An entry in the index can then be used to locate the relevant cause book or case record card entry, which will then list a volume and folio number. The volume and folio, in turn, can then be used to obtain a copy of the divorce order. Records in accession 83-1104 are arranged by Central Divorce Registry number, and show this file number, the style of cause, a description of the order issued (decree nisi, decree absolute, change of name, custody order, etc) as well as the relevant volume and folio numbers.

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Records in accession 83-1593 were transferred from the Prince George registry in March 2000.
Records in accession 83-1104 were transferred for the Prince George registry in January 2016.


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For the related divorce cause books and case record cards, please see GR-3740 For divorce orders, please see accession 83-1035.

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Accession number(s) : 83-1104, 83-1593.

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