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}}Guide to '''Converse County, Wyoming ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  March 9,  1888
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|county seat= Douglas
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|parent county= [[Laramie County, Wyoming Genealogy|Laramie]] and [[Albany County, Wyoming Genealogy|Albany]] <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Albany County, Wyoming Genealogy|Albany]]
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|county2= [[Campbell County, Wyoming Genealogy|Campbell]]
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|county3= [[Carbon County, Wyoming Genealogy|Carbon]]
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|county4= [[Johnson County, Wyoming Genealogy|Johnson]]
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|county5= [[Natrona County, Wyoming Genealogy|Natrona]]
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|county6= [[Niobrara County, Wyoming Genealogy|Niobrara]]
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|county7= [[Platte County, Wyoming Genealogy|Platte]]
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|county8= [[Weston County, Wyoming Genealogy|Weston]]</br><center>[[Converse County, Wyoming Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
Guide to '''Converse County Wyoming genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. [[Image:Converse County Wyoming.png|thumb|right|Converse County Wyoming.png]]
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=== Description ===
  
{{WYDC}}
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Founded in 1888. The County Seat is Douglas.<ref>[http://genealogytrails.com/wyo/converse/ Genealogy Trails]  accessed 11/10/2016</ref> Converse County is located in the center east area of the state. Converse County was named for A.R. Converse, a banker and rancher from Cheyenne, Wyoming.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Converse_County,_Wyoming Wikipedia] accessed 11/10/2016</ref>
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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=== County Courthouse ===
| county = Converse County
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{{WY Courthouse Intro|Converse}}
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| state = Wyoming
 
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| founded year = 1888
 
| founded date = March 9
 
| seat = Douglas
 
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| building address = Converse County Courthouse<br>107 N 5th Street<br>PO Box 990<br>Douglas, WY 82633<br>Phone: 307.358.2244<br>[http://conversecounty.org/ '''Converse County Website'''] }}  
 
  
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Converse County Courthouse<br>107 N 5th Street<br>PO Box 990<br>Douglas, WY 82633<br>Phone: 307.358.2244<br>[http://conversecounty.org/ '''Converse County Website''']<br>
  
=== Historical Facts  ===
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County Clerk has marriage, land, military discharge and tax records from 1888 and poll records from 1930; <br>Clerk Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1888<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 766. Converse County, Wyoming</ref>
  
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=== Converse County, Wyoming Record Dates  ===
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{{WY Records Intro}}
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Beginning dates for major county records'''
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Converse County, Wyoming. Page 766. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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,” https://health.wyo.gov/admin/vitalstatistics/ accessed 28 June 2017.</ref></center>
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Converse County, Wyoming#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Converse County, Wyoming Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Converse County, Wyoming#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Converse County, Wyoming Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Converse County, Wyoming#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Converse County, Wyoming Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Converse County, Wyoming#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Converse County, Wyoming Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Converse County, Wyoming#Probate|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Converse County, Wyoming Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Converse County, Wyoming#Court_Records|Court]]'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Converse County, Wyoming Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Converse County, Wyoming Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>----*</center>
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1909
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1888*</center>
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1888
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>----*</center>
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1909
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1882</center>
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1888
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1889</center>
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1888
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1888</center>
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1888
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1850
 
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Converse County, Wyoming#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Converse County, Wyoming#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Converse County, Wyoming#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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| colspan="7" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1909. Limited compliance until 1922.<ref>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.</ref></center>
 
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*'''Parent County:''' created 9 March 1888 from [[Laramie County, Wyoming|Laramie]] and [[Albany County, Wyoming|Albany]] counties  
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=== Record Loss ===
*'''County Seat:''' Douglas <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline"> </span>  
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Albany County, Wyoming|Albany]] | [[Campbell County, Wyoming|Campbell]] | [[Carbon County, Wyoming|Carbon]] | [[Johnson County, Wyoming|Johnson]] | [[Natrona County, Wyoming|Natrona]] | [[Niobrara County, Wyoming|Niobrara]] | [[Platte County, Wyoming|Platte]] [[Weston County, Wyoming|Weston]]
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/wyoming/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Wyoming] - shows animated maps illustrating boundary changes for Wyoming Counties (1848-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WY_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Wyoming Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
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{{WY Boundary Changes Intro|Converse}}
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*''Parent County:'' created 9 March 1888 from [[Laramie County, Wyoming Genealogy|Laramie]] and [[Albany County, Wyoming Genealogy|Albany]] counties
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*''County Seat:'' Douglas <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline"> </span>
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===Populated Places===
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The following are locations in the county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Converse County, Wyoming," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Converse_County,_Wyoming#Communities accessed 19 November 2016.</ref>
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{{populated places
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas,_Wyoming Douglas (county seat)]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenrock,_Wyoming Glenrock]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Springs,_Wyoming Lost Springs]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolling_Hills,_Wyoming Rolling Hills]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill,_Wyoming Bill]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawnee,_Wyoming Shawnee]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esterbrook,_Wyoming Esterbrook]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orin,_Wyoming Orin]</div>
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* Ammon
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* Birkner Hill
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* Boxelder</div>
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* Clayton
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* Fetterman</div>
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* Orpha
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* Parkerton</div>
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== Resources ==
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{{WY Resources Intro|Converse}}
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{WY Bible Intro|Converse}}
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{WY Biographies Intro|Converse}}
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{WY Business Records Intro|Converse}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{WY Cemeteries Intro|Converse}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:66%;  "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Converse County, Wyoming''' online and in print</center>
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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=== Resources  ===
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=53&GScnty=3123&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
  
==== Biography  ====
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* [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wyconver/ USGenWeb]
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/wy/converse/converse.htm GenWeb Archives]
  
==== Census  ====
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/wyoming/converse.htm Tombstone Project]
  
{{Census|Wyoming}}
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" valign="top"| <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in <br>Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often <br>more complete]])</center>
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==== Church Records  ====
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Converse+Wyoming&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
==== Court Records  ====
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=53&CScnty=3123 Findagrave.com]
  
==== Directories ====
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Wyoming&county=Converse%20#/ Billion Graves]
  
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/Converse-county-wyoming-cemetery-records.htm Converse County Cemetery Records]
  
==== Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups  ====
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*[http://wyominggravestones.org/search.php Wyoming Gravestones]
  
==== Gazetteers ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Wyoming Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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==== Genealogy  ====
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The following web site has additional information on Converse county cemeteries.
  
==== History  ====
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/wy/index.htm Interment.net] Wyoming cemetery records by county.
  
==== Land and Property  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{WY Census Intro|Converse}}
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Converse_County,_Wyoming "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1890 |2738
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|1900 |3337
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|1910 |6294
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|1920 |7871
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|1930 |7145
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|1940 |6631
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|1950 |5933
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|1960 |6366
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|1970 |5938 
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|1980 |14069 
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|1990 |11128 
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|2000 |12052
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|2010 |13833
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==== Territory and State Census Records ====
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*'''1850''' - {{RecordSearch|1401638|United States Census, 1850}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; North Dakota was included in the 1850 Utah Territory Census.
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*'''1860 - 1910''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3582 Wyoming Compiled Census] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — ($), index and images
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Wyoming was included in the 1860 Nebraska Territory Census
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*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Wyoming Territory Census
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*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1417683|United States Census, 1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Wyoming Territory Census
  
==== Maps  ====
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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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]].
  
==== Migration  ====
 
  
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:
 
  
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platte_River Platte River]  
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=== Church Records ===
:*[[Oregon Trail]] 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon<ref>Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map III" in ''Oregon Trail Landmarks'' at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap3.jpg  (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
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{{WY Church Intro|Converse}}
:*[[California Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California<ref>"Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
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:*[[Mormon Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah<ref>"The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in ''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'' at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
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=== Court Records ===
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{{WY Court Intro|Converse}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{WY Directories Intro|Converse}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{WY Emigration Intro|Converse}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{WY Ethnic Groups Intro|Converse}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{WY Funeral Homes Intro|Converse}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{WY Genealogies Intro|Converse}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{WY Guardianship Intro|Converse}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{WY Land Intro|Converse}}
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1908] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{WY Histories Intro|Converse}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{WY Maps Intro|Converse}}
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[[Image:Wyconverse.jpg|500px|right]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/wyoming/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Wyoming] - shows boundary changes for Wyoming Counties
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/Wyoming/ Historical Maps and Atlases of Wyoming] - maps and atlases of Wyoming
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=== Migration ===
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{{WY Migration Intro|Converse}}
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Early migration routes to and from Converse County, Wyoming Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:
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:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platte_River Platte River]
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:*[[Oregon Trail]] 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon<ref>Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map III" in ''Oregon Trail Landmarks'' at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap3.jpg  (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
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:*[[California Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California<ref>"Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
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:*[[Mormon Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah<ref>"The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in ''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'' at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
 
:*[[Bozeman Trail]] 1863 from Fort Fetterman near Douglas, Wyoming to Virginia City, Montana<ref>"Bozeman Trail" in ''Legends of America'' at http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-armyindianwars3.html (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
 
:*[[Bozeman Trail]] 1863 from Fort Fetterman near Douglas, Wyoming to Virginia City, Montana<ref>"Bozeman Trail" in ''Legends of America'' at http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-armyindianwars3.html (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
  
==== Military ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{WY Military Intro|Converse}}
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to Wyoming. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[Wyoming Military Records|Wyoming Military Records]].<br>
  
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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''Civil War''<br>
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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.<br>
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*'''1861 -1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932393|Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].— index
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*'''1883''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/wy/pens1883.txt List of Civil War Pensioners, Wyoming, 1883] - Index only<br>
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*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].— index
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''World War I''<br>
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*'''1917 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1968530|U.S. WW I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
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''World War II''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/wyoming.html WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualties for Wyoming] - Index only<br>
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For further information see [[Wyoming Military Records]].
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{WY Naturalization Intro|Converse}}
  
:*[http://wyonewspapers.org/ Wyoming Newspaper Project]
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{WY Newspapers Intro|Converse}}
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'' Wyoming Newspapers Online''
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*[http://newspapers.wyo.gov/ Wyoming Newspapers].
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/Wyoming GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Wyoming newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/wyoming/ Newspaper Archive 1887-1977] - ($), contains images of Wyoming newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Wyoming newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Wyoming Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ 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 ====
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{WY Obituaries Intro|Converse}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{WY Other Records Intro|Converse}}
  
==== Public Records  ====
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{WY Periodicals Intro|Converse}}
  
==== Repositories  ====
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{WY Probate Intro|Converse}}
  
===== Courthouse  =====
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=== School Records ===
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{{WY Schools Intro|Converse}}
  
County Courthouse [http://www.conversecounty.org/gov_admin/clerk.htm Converse County]
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{WY Tax Intro|Converse}}
  
County Clerk has marriage, land, military discharge and tax records from 1888 and poll records from 1930; Clerk Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1888<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 766. Converse County, Wyoming</ref>
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{WY Vital Intro|Converse}}
  
===== Family History Centers  =====
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==== Birth ====
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{{WY Vital Records - Birth Intro|Converse}}
  
[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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==== Marriage ====
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{{WY Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Converse}}
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*[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm list of counties included]
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*'''1867 - 1941''' [http://www.findmypast.com/articles/world-records/full-list-of-united-states-records/birth-marriage-and-death/wyoming-marriages-1867-1941 Wyoming Marriages 1867-1941] at findmypast ($), index.
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*'''1877 - 1920''' {{RecordSearch|1708702|Wyoming, Marriages, 1877-1920}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]— Index
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*'''1877 - 1920''' [http://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-30208/wyoming-marriages-1877-1920?s=218489221 Wyoming, Marriages, 1877-1920] at MyHeritage ($) — index.
  
:*[[Douglas Wyoming Family History Center]]  
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==== Death ====
:*[[Glenrock Wyoming Family History Center]]
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{{WY Vital Records - Death Intro|Converse}}
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*[http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/DCD/Index.aspx Wyoming Death Index] at Wyoming State Archives — index (currently contains only A-E, it is a work in progress)
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==== Divorce ====
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{{WY Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Converse}}
  
===== Libraries  =====
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{WY Research Facilities Intro|Converse}}
  
===== Museums  =====
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=== Archives ===
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{{WY Archives Intro|Converse}}
  
===== Societies  =====
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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:*[[Douglas Wyoming Family History Center]]
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:*[[Glenrock Wyoming Family History Center]]
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Libraries ===
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{{WY Libraries Intro|Converse}}
  
===== Birth  =====
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'''Converse County Library'''<br>300 E Walnut St<br>Douglas, WY 82633<br>Phone: 307-358-3644<br>Fax: 307-358-6743<br>e-mail: [mailto:director@conversecountylibrary.org director@conversecountylibrary.org]<br>[http://www.conversecountylibrary.org Website]<br><br>
  
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'''Glenrock Branch Library'''<br>506 S 4th St<br> PO Box 1000<br>Glenrock, WY 82637<br>Phone: 307-436-2573<br>Fax: 307-436-8525<br>Email:[mailto:director@conversecountylibrary.org director@conversecountylibrary.org]<br>[http://www.conversecountylibrary.org/location/ Website]<br><br>
  
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=== Museums ===
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{{WY Museums Intro|Converse}}
  
==== Websites  ====
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== Societies ==
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{{WY Societies Intro|Converse}}
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wyconver/ GenWeb]
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'''County, Township and City Societies'''
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wyconver/lookups.htm Lookups (GenWeb)]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Converse_County%2C_Wyoming Wikipedia]
 
*{{FHL|Wyoming%2C+Converse|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
  
=== Places  ===
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''' County Historical Society'''<br>160 Spring Canyon Rd <br>Douglas, WY 82633<br>[http://www.wyshs.org Converse Website]<br><br>
  
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''' Converse County Genealogical Society'''<br>119 North Ninth Street, 2418<br>Douglas, WY 82633<br>[http://www.wyshs.org/about/chapters/converse-county-chapter Website]<br><br>
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== Websites ==
| Clayton
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{{WY Websites Intro|Converse}}
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenrock,_Wyoming Glenrock]  
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| Parkerton
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/wyoming/converse-county/ Converse County, WY History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115913245178535432184 Wyoming Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill,_Wyoming Bill]  
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/172613919473047/ Wyoming Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
| {{FHL|Wyoming%2C+Converse%2C+Douglas|subject|disp=Douglas}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wyconver/ GenWeb]
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Springs,_Wyoming Lost Springs]  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Converse_County%2C_Wyoming Wikipedia]
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolling_Hills,_Wyoming Rolling Hills]
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*{{FHL|Wyoming Converse|subject|disp=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 [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
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| Birkner Hill
 
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esterbrook,_Wyoming Esterbrook]  
 
| Orin
 
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawnee,_Wyoming Shawnee]
 
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| Boxelder
 
| {{FHL|Wyoming%2C+Converse%2C+Fetterman|subject|disp=Fetterman}}  
 
| Orpha
 
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== Research Guides ==
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Latest revision as of 17:46, 12 July 2017

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

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County Facts
County seat: Douglas
Organized: March 9, 1888
Parent County(s): Laramie and Albany [1]
Neighboring Counties
Albany  • Campbell  • Carbon  • Johnson  • Natrona  • Niobrara  • Platte  • Weston
See County Maps
Courthouse
WyomingConverseCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Converse County Wyoming.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption



County Information

Description

Founded in 1888. The County Seat is Douglas.[2] Converse County is located in the center east area of the state. Converse County was named for A.R. Converse, a banker and rancher from Cheyenne, Wyoming.[3]

County Courthouse

Converse County Courthouse
107 N 5th Street
PO Box 990
Douglas, WY 82633
Phone: 307.358.2244
Converse County Website

County Clerk has marriage, land, military discharge and tax records from 1888 and poll records from 1930;
Clerk Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1888[4]

Converse 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1909 1888 1909 1888 1888 1888 1850
*State birth and death records began in 1909. Limited compliance until 1922.[6]

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • Parent County: created 9 March 1888 from Laramie and Albany counties
  • County Seat: Douglas [7]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[8]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Uncategorized Places
  • Ammon
  • Birkner Hill
  • Boxelder
  • Clayton
  • Fetterman
  • Orpha
  • Parkerton


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Converse 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 Converse 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[9] and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (FHL film 2261365). The 1870 and 1880 Federal Censuses included Wyoming Territory.[10] 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.  %±
1890 2,738
1900 3,337 21.9%
1910 6,294 88.6%
1920 7,871 25.1%
1930 7,145 −9.2%
1940 6,631 −7.2%
1950 5,933 −10.5%
1960 6,366 7.3%
1970 5,938 −6.7%
1980 14,069 136.9%
1990 11,128 −20.9%
2000 12,052 8.3%
2010 13,833 14.8%
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.

Court Records

Directories

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

Early migration routes to and from Converse County, Wyoming Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:

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

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- Converse - 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

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

Converse County Library
300 E Walnut St
Douglas, WY 82633
Phone: 307-358-3644
Fax: 307-358-6743
e-mail: director@conversecountylibrary.org
Website

Glenrock Branch Library
506 S 4th St
PO Box 1000
Glenrock, WY 82637
Phone: 307-436-2573
Fax: 307-436-8525
Email:director@conversecountylibrary.org
Website

Museums

Societies

County, Township and City Societies

County Historical Society
160 Spring Canyon Rd
Douglas, WY 82633
Converse Website

Converse County Genealogical Society
119 North Ninth Street, 2418
Douglas, WY 82633
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails accessed 11/10/2016
  3. Wikipedia accessed 11/10/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 766. Converse County, Wyoming
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Converse 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,” https://health.wyo.gov/admin/vitalstatistics/ accessed 28 June 2017.
  6. 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.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Converse County, Wyoming," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Converse_County,_Wyoming#Communities accessed 19 November 2016.
  9. On microfilm number: 2261365.
  10. ’'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.
  11. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map III" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap3.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).
  12. "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).
  13. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  14. "Bozeman Trail" in Legends of America at http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-armyindianwars3.html (accessed 18 July 2011).