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It would appear that you have the following two records as you state that your father was divorced in the 1930's
Carl E Bidlack
Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920
Carl E Bidlack
31 Dec 1929
Cook, Illinois, United States
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1940 US Census
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In the early 1800's, the legislature, the circuit courts, and city courts granted divorces. Illinois divorce records may indicate the date and place the marriage was dissolved. Circuit or city courts have handled most divorce proceedings. The Superior Court of Cook County in Chicago also has jurisdiction over divorces.
The actual records before 1962 are available in the county where the divorce occurred.
You may wish to contact the following person for assistance:
Dorothy A. Brown
50 W. Washington
Chicago, Illinois 60602-1305
Good luck on your search.
Thanks for your help. After hours of emails and phone calls, we found the divorce was granted October 18, 1938, by the Lucas County Probate Court, Toledo, Ohio. As a side note, they invited me to visit the court at my convenience to make copies of the decree at no charge.
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In the 1940 Census it shows that Mabel Bidlack was living at 8006 Maryland Ave..In the city of Chicago, Illinois in Cook County...with her brother Ralph Wagner...click on link below. it is on familysearch.org...if you are not familiar with family search it is a free site..but you need to join to search,
Sine Mabel Bidlack lived in Chicago in 1940...you might want to start the search in Cook County..there are fees tor the service.
The following website is for Cook County Illinois.
You can Request a Search for an Archived Case by ...fees listed on the following page.
Thanks for your help in finding the divorce records. After hours of emails and phone calls, we found the divorce was granted October 18, 1938, by the Lucas County Probate Court, Toledo, Ohio. I had contacted the State of Ohio Vital Records Division and they could not find anything. Then I remembered he lived in Toledo prior to his Van Wert marriage in 1939; so I contacted Lucas County and hit the jackpot; they found it in the archives. As a side note, they invited me to visit the court at my convenience to make copies of the decree at no charge............
Dear Mr. Bidlack,
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The Federal Government does not ordinarily create or maintain birth, death, marriage or divorce records. Such records are made and kept by State and local governments rather than the National Archives. For divorce records after 1962, we suggest that you request a search from the appropriate Illinois County Clerk of Court.. Also, please review the FamilySearch Research wiki for Illinois Vital Records
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Thanks, Cara, for your response. Yesterday was a 'eureka' research day, proof that persistence does pay off. For months, actually years, we have been searching for proof that my father was actually divorced. His marriage license with my mother indicated he was divorced, but I could never locate the actual document. Plus I was not aware of any rule that required a divorced person to show proof of divorce when applying for a marriage license. Neither my father or mother or any family member ever mentioned a divorce to me or siblings, and we were not aware of it until my geneaology project began over ten years ago. We felt confident that the divorce was granted in Illinois, Ohio, or Michigan. At any rate, we had a tip on Monday that he lived in Toledo, Ohio, during the 1930s prior to his marriage to my mother in 1939. I contacted the Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio court system and hit the jackpot. While I was on the phone, they located the divorce decree from their archives, which was granted in 1938. They even invited me to visit the court and make copies of the decree at no charge. As a new member to History Hub, I am grateful to you and several others who helped in finding this piece of family history. I would still be at square one without your help. So keep up the good work in helping others...............tom