Albany County, Wyoming Genealogy

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

Disambiguation - This article is about a southeastern Wyoming county. For other uses, see Albany.

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County Facts
County seat: Laramie
Organized: December 16, 1868
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Carbon  • Converse  • Jackson (CO)  • Laramie  • Larimer (CO)  • Natrona  • Platte
See County Maps
Courthouse
Albany County Courthouse, Laramie, Wyoming.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption



County Information

Description

Organized December 16, 1868. It is located in the south eastern part of the state. County Seat is Laramie.[2]

County Courthouse

Albany County Courthouse
County Courthouse Rm 202
Laramie, WY 82070
Phone: 307.721.2541
Albany County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1869, burial records from 1885, land records from 1868 and military records from 1919;
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate, court and naturalization records[3]

  • The present Albany County courthouse was designed by Wilbur Hitchcock and constructed 1931 - 1932. (photo)

Albany County, Wyoming Record Dates

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 1869 1899 1869 1868 1869 1850
*State birth and death records began in 1909. Limited compliance until 1922.[5]

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • Parent County: original county created 16 December 1868
  • County Seat: Laramie [6]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[7]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Uncategorized Places
  • Buford
  • Collins (hist.)
  • Cooper Lake
  • Dale Creek
  • Deerwood
  • Hatton
  • Hermosa
  • Howell
  • Jelm
  • Keystone
  • Lookout
  • Mountain Home
  • Red Buttes
  • Rock Creek (hist.)
  • Rock River
  • Sherman
  • West Laramie
  • Wilcox
  • Wyocolo
  • Wyoming


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Albany County, Wyoming online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in
Print
(Often
more complete
)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Wyoming Cemeteries for more information

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

Census Records

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 2,021
1880 4,626 128.9%
1890 8,865 91.6%
1900 13,084 47.6%
1910 11,574 −11.5%
1920 9,283 −19.8%
1930 12,041 29.7%
1940 13,946 15.8%
1950 19,055 36.6%
1960 21,290 11.7%
1970 26,431 24.1%
1980 29,062 10.0%
1990 30,797 6.0%
2000 32,014 4.0%
2010 36,299 13.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Territory and State Census Records

Federal Census Records

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

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Laramie

Court Records

Directories

Many directories for Laramie/Albany County are available at the University of Wyoming Library Special Collections, starting from 1875.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Online Collections

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

Newspapers

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

Other Records

Public Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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- Albany - Probate records.

School Records

Tax Records

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

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, order electronically online $ 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

Marriage

Death

  • Wyoming Death Index at Wyoming State Archives — index (currently contains only A-E, it is a work in progress)

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Wyoming State Archives
2301 Central Ave.
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Telephone: (307) 777-7826
Fax: Fax: 777-7044
Website

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 East University Ave Dept. 3924
Laramie WY 82061
(307)766-4114
Website

Museums

Societies

County, Township and City Societies

Albany County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 6163
1705 E PERSON ST
LARAMIE WY 82073

County Historical Society
1409 DOWNEY SY
LARAMIE WY 82070
P. O. Box 247
Wheatland, WY 82201
Phone: 307-322-3014
Email: linda@wyshs.org
Website

Libraries

Albany County Library System Central Library
310 S 8th St
Laramie, WY 82070, USA
Phone: 307-721-2580
Fax Number: 307-721-2584
Email: info@albanycountylibrary.org
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/wyo/ accessed 11/10/2016
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 766. Albany County, Wyoming
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Albany 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.
  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, "Albany County, Wyoming," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany_County,_Wyoming#Communities accessed 19 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.