Wyoming Archives and Libraries

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The archives, libraries, and societies listed below have major collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.

Department of Commerce
Division of Cultural Resources
Wyoming State Archives
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Telephone: 307-777-7826
Fax: 307-777-7044
Email: wyarchive@state.wy.us  
Internet: http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/awardofexcellence2007.htm

National Archives—Rocky Mountain Region (Denver)
Denver Federal Center Building 48
Denver, CO 80225
Telephone: 303-236-0817
Fax: 303-236-9354
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/rocky-mountain/

Wyoming State Library
Supreme Court and Library Building
2301 Capitol Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0006
Telephone: 307-777-7281
Fax: 307-777-6289
Internet: http://www-wsl.state.wy.us/

Laramie County Library
Cheyenne Genealogical Society
2800 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Telephone: 307-634-3561
Fax: 307-634-2082
Internet: http://www.lclsonline.org/

University of Wyoming Library
P.O. Box 3334
University Station
Laramie, WY 82071-3334
Telephone: 307-766-3279
Fax: 307-766-3062
Internet: http://www-lib.uwyo.edu/

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Wyoming counties, use the six inventories of the county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. Copies of these inventories are available at the Family History Library.

Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards

Computers with modems can be useful tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial online services help family history researchers:

  • Locate other researchers
  • Post queries
  • Send and receive e-mail
  • Search large databases
  • Search computer libraries
  • Join in computer chat and lecture sessions

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Wyoming in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. As of April 1997, the following sites are important gateways linking you to many more network and bulletin board sites:

USGenWeb

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.

Roots-L

A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.

For further details about using computer networks, bulletin boards, and news groups for family history research, see the United States Research Outline, Second Edition, "Archives and Libraries" section.

FamilySearch™

The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.