Go to the sixth floor of the Vancouver Central Library, at 350 West Georgia Street, which serves as a depository for historical and public records. Reference librarians will guide you to a microfilm cabinet that indexes divorce records by year and by the husband’s surname. These records run up to and including 1983. You must load the film into a microfilm reader in order to use it. A single reel covers multiple years. You search the reel by the surnames, which are in alphabetical order. You can print out the relevant record on a microfilm printer.
Apply to the Supreme Court Registry in the court in which the divorce was filed, if the case you are researching is more recent. You can obtain divorce records in person or by mail. In person, you apply to the registry clerk; fill out the appropriate request form and pay a fee. By mail, you must provide a letter of request, as well as your address and phone number, and include the current fee as posted on the registry’s website.
Contact the Central Divorce Registry in Ottawa at 613-957-4519 if you are unsure of the proper Supreme Court Registry that holds the divorce records. This agency has a complete record of all divorce cases filed in the country and will be able to identify the court registry where the records and divorce certificate are kept.