Laramie County, Wyoming Genealogy

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Guide to Laramie County, Wyoming ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Cheyenne
Organized: January 9, 1867
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Albany  • Banner (NE)  • Goshen  • Kimball (NE)  • Larimer (CO)  • Platte  • Weld (CO)
See County Maps
Laramie County Government Complex, Cheyanne, Wyoming.jpg
Location Map

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Jacques La Ramee, a French-Canadian fur-trader. It is located the southeast corner of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Laramie County Courthouse
309 W 20th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: 307.633.4268
Laramie County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1868 and land records.
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records.[3]

Laramie County, Wyoming Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1909 1868 1909 1868 1867 1868 1850
*State birth and death records began in 1909. Limited compliance until 1922.[5]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Parent County: created 9 January 1867 as an original county
  • County seat: Cheyenne [6]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Uncategorized Places
  • Altvan
  • Arcola
  • Athol
  • Durham
  • Egbert
  • Farthing
  • Gleason
  • Islay
  • Lambert
  • Orchard Valley
  • Otto
  • Speer
  • Tracy
  • Tremain

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Laramie County. To find more resources, go to the Wyoming Bible Records page.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Laramie County, Wyoming online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in
more complete
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Wyoming Cemeteries for more information

The following web site has additional information on Laramie county cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Before Wyoming was a state in 1890, Wyoming was included in the 1850 Utah Territory. In the 1860 Census, it was enumerated as Nebraska Territory. The first Wyoming Territorial Census was taken in 1869, right after Wyoming Territory was created, and is available on microfilm at the Wyoming State Archives[8] and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (FHL film 2261365). The 1870 and 1880 Federal Censuses included Wyoming Territory.[9] See links listed below. State censuses were taken for Wyoming but they were mostly statistical censuses with very little individual information. See Wyoming Census for more information.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 2,957
1880 6,409 116.7%
1890 16,777 161.8%
1900 20,181 20.3%
1910 26,127 29.5%
1920 20,699 −20.8%
1930 26,845 29.7%
1940 33,657 25.4%
1950 47,662 41.6%
1960 60,149 26.2%
1970 56,360 −6.3%
1980 68,649 21.8%
1990 73,142 6.5%
2000 81,607 11.6%
2010 91,738 12.4%
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Territory and State Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of Wyoming starting in 1890, although no records survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. For links to Federal Census indexes, see Wyoming Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Wyoming denominations, view the Wyoming Church Records wiki page.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Cheyenne

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Laramie County has a District Court, County Circuit Court, and Municipal Court. District and County Circuit courts are in Cheyenne and municipal courts are in Burns, Cheyenne, and Pine Bluffs. The District Court handles civil matters over $7000 (Judgments, Divorces, Torts, Adoptions, etc.), Criminal Felonies, Juvenile Crimes and Neglect, Paternity and Child Support Enforcement Cases, Probate Matters such as Estates or Involuntary Commitments. The Circuit Court is a limited jurisdiction court. It hears all misdemeanor criminal cases and smaller civil cases. Judges are full time and they must be lawyers. Municipal Court administers the operation of the judicial branch of the City Government according to the ordinances adopted by the City Council.

309 W. 20th Street Room 3205
Cheyenne WY 82003-0787

  • Laramie County Circuit Court
    309 W 20th Street Room 2300,
    Cheyenne WY 82001

  • Burns Municipal Court
    102 East 1st Street
    Burns WY 82053
  • Cheyenne Municipal Court
    309 W 20th St Room 2100
    Cheyenne WY 82001

  • Laramie Municipal Court
    406 Ivinson Ave.
    Room 207
    Laramie, WY 82070

  • Pine Bluffs Municipal Court
    220 Main Street, PO Box 429
    Pine Bluffs WY 82082

Directories[edit | edit source]

  • 1892 Cheyenne, Wyoming Directory, 1892. 1892. Cheyenne, WY: R.L. Polk. Online at: Ancestry — index & images.

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Wyoming Land and Property for additional information about early Wyoming land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed. Online Land Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Banner County, NebraskaPlatte CountyGoshen CountyAlbany CountyKimball County, NebraskaWeld County, ColoradoLarimer County, ColoradoWY LARAMIE.JPG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

These collections are unique to Wyoming. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Wyoming Military Records.


Civil War
No known military units were raised specifically from Wyoming as it did not become a state until 1890. However men from the territories that became Wyoming fought in other units during the Civil War.

World War I

World War II

For further information see Wyoming Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Please see the Wyoming Naturalization and Citizenship page for state-wide information.

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see Wyoming Newspapers.

Wyoming Newspapers Online

Wyoming Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Wyoming, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Wyoming- Laramie - Probate records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Wyoming tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records.

See also How to order Wyoming Vital Records or download an application for Wyoming Birth Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail. For records more than 50 years old visit Wyoming State Archives

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Laramie County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Wyoming Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Laramie County. For state-wide library facilities, see Wyoming Archives and Libraries.

Laramie County Library
2200 Pioneer Ave
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: 307-634-3561
Fax: 307-634-2082

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Laramie County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Wyoming Societies.

Cheyenne Wyoming Genealogical and Historical Society
PO Box 2539
Cheyenne, WY 82003-2539

Local research volunteers will give 30 minutes of time to research information located in the Laramie County Library Genealogy Room. Additional time needed to research data outside of the Genealogy Room may be billed per an agreement with the research volunteer. Requests for research should have the word "research" in the subject line of emails or on the envelopes of written requests.

Laramie County Historical Society
Cheyenne, WY 82003

Laramie Peekers Genealogical Society of Platte County, Wyoming
c/o CindyAnderson
1108 21st Street
Wheatland, WY 82201

Union Pacific Historical Society
1111 East Lincolnway, Suite 108
PO Box 4006
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001

The Society was founded in 1984 to preserve the rich and colorful history of the railroad from its beginning in 1862 to the present. It is not connected with the railroad, only with preserving history.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Laramie County at Cyndi's List — a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Laramie County at Genealogy Trails — transcribed genealogical and historical data
  • Laramie County at LDSGenealogy - collection of links by state, county, city, and record type
  • Laramie County at; a project of the Wyoming State Historical Society - contains history, pictures, resources and economical information
  • Laramie County at Wyoming USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Laramie County at Wyoming USGenWeb Archives — free online data for genealogical research
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection. Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2.,_Wyoming accessed 11/11/2016
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 766. Laramie County, Wyoming
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Laramie County, Wyoming. Page 766. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 768; Wyoming Department of Health, “Vital Statistics Services,” accessed 28 June 2017.
  5. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 837; Alice M. Hetzel, U.S. Vital Statistics System: Major Activities and Developments, 1950-95 (Hyattsville, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, [1997]), 58.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Laramie County, Wyoming," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Wyoming#Communities accessed 21 November 2016.
  8. On microfilm number: 2261365.
  9. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 761. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ‘’Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources,’’ 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2004), 761. Free online version; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004; WorldCat entry.