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Ancestry.com. U.S., Registration Certificates - Widows, Divorced Women, & Minors, 1907-1914 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
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Registration Certificates for Widows, Divorced Women and Minors, compiled 1907–1914. MLR number: A1 551; ARC ID: 1251972. General Records of the Department of State, 1763–2002, Record Group 59. Archives II, National Archives at College Park. College Park, Maryland.

About U.S., Registration Certificates - Widows, Divorced Women, & Minors, 1907-1914

This database contains registration certificates filed by U.S. citizens abroad who were widowed, divorced, or minors born to U.S. citizens abroad.

What’s in the Records

The certificates in this database were generated by U.S. citizens living abroad who were registering their intent to retain their U.S. citizenship. The registrants were widows, divorced women, and minors who had been born abroad to parents who were U.S. citizens. Registrants used several different forms, including separate forms for women who had obtained U.S. citizenship via marriage and women who were citizens before marriage. Information contained on the certificate can include

  • name
  • birth date
  • birthplace
  • marriage date
  • spouse’s name
  • spouse’s birthplace

Records may also list death date (spouse), marital status, residence, date a person left the U.S., dates of residence in foreign country, naturalization facts, and other details.

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