Wyoming Fast Facts and Key Resources

Wyoming Fast Facts and Key Resources

Finding your Equality State ancestors starts with these sources.

Statehood: 1890

US territory status: Mostly part of Nebraska Territory in 1854. Northern area part of Dakota Territory in 1861, southern area in Idaho Territory in 1863. Became Wyoming Territory in 1868.

First federal census: 1870

Available state census: 1905

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1909

Statewide marriage records begin: 1941

Public-land state

Counties: 23

Contact for vital records:

Vital Records Services

Hathaway Building

Cheyenne, WY 82002

(307) 777-7591


Web Sites

Cheyenne Genealogical and Historical Society


Cyndi’s List: Wyoming


Laramie County Marriage Records Index: 1868 to 1906


Rocky Mountain Online Archive


Sheridan County, Wyoming, Marriages


Western States Historical Marriage Index


Western Trail Diaries


Wyoming GenWeb Project


Wyoming Memory Portal



The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books)

The Feminine Frontier. Wyoming Women, 1850-1900 by Denice Wheeler (self-published)

Genealogical Guide to Wyoming by Joyce V.H. Spiros (Verlene Publishing)

Guide to the County Archives of Wyoming edited by Jim Donahue (Wyoming State Archives)

History of Wyoming by TA. Larson (University of Nebraska Press)

In Tar and Paint and Stone: The Inscriptions at Independence Rock and Devil’s Gate by Levida Hileman (High Plains Press)

Military Posts of Wyoming by Robert A. Murray (Old Army Press)

Wyoming Atlas of Historical County Boundaries edited by John H. Long (Thomson Gale)

Wyoming Biographies by Lawrence M. Woods (High Plains Publishing Co.)

Wyoming Place Names by Mae Urbanek (Mountain Press Publishing Co.)

Organizations and Archives

American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming

Dept. 3924,1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071, (307) 766-4114, <ahc.uwyo.edu>

Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office

Box 1828, Cheyenne, WY 82003, (307) 775-6256, <www.blm.gov/wy>

Laramie County Public Library

2800 Central Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82001, (307) 634-3561, <www.lclsonline.org>

NARA Rocky Mountain Region

Denver Federal Center Building 48, Denver, CO 80225, (303) 407-5751, <archives.gov/rocky-mountain>

University of Wyoming Libraries

Dept. 3334,1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071, (307) 766-3190, <www-lib.uwyo.edu>

Wyoming State Archives

Barrett Building, 2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82002, (307) 777-7826, <wyoarchives.state.wy.us>

Wyoming State Historical Society

Wyoming State Historical Society PMB #184, 1740H Dell Range Blvd., Cheyenne, WY 82009, <www.wyshs.org>

Wyoming State Library

516 S. Greeley Highway, Cheyenne, WY 82002, (307) 777-6333, <will.state.wy.us>



 From the November 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

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