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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[Wyoming|Wyoming]] were the Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Congregational, and Methodist Episcopal churches.
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Most records are kept with the local congregation, although some may have been transferred to other repositories, such as a church archives, a local genealogical or historical society, or a college library.  
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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[Wyoming Genealogy|Wyoming]] were the Latter-day Saint, Methodist Episcopal, Protestant Episcopal, and Roman Catholic churches.<ref>William Chamberlin Hunt and United States Bureau of the Census, ''Religious Bodies: 1906'' (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1910), Vol. 1:322. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=Z6ZdiZWeStAC Google Books].</ref>&nbsp; [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F189657 The History of Wyoming, Vol 1], available online,&nbsp;has a detailed account of the establishment of each denomination beginning on page 476. While church services were held earlier, the building of churches began with the arrival of the railroad and influx of settlers in 1868.  
  
For help in locating church records see:
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Most records are kept with the local congregation, although some may have been transferred to other repositories, such as a church archives, a local genealogical or historical society, or a college library. For additional sources, understanding how to use valuable church records and guides for discovering which church your family may have belonged to, see [[United States Church Records|United States Church Records]].
  
''A Directory of Church and Religious Organizations in the State of Wyoming''. Cheyenne, Wyoming: Historical Records Survey, 1939. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=190036&disp=A+Directory+of+church+and+religious+orga++ book 978.7 K22h; film 908039 item 5].)
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For help locating [[Wyoming Genealogy|Wyoming]] church records see:  
  
''Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Wyoming: Church Archives.'' Cheyenne, Wyoming: Historical Records Survey, 1942. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=72064&disp=Guide+to+vital+statistics+records+in+Wyo%20%20&columns=*,0,0 978.7 K23g].)
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*''A Directory of Church and Religious Organizations in the State of Wyoming''. Cheyenne, Wyoming: Historical Records Survey, 1939. {{FHL|190036|item}} book 978.7 K22h; film [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F190036 908039 item 5]
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*''Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Wyoming: Church Archives.'' Cheyenne, Wyoming: Historical Records Survey, 1942. {{FHL|72064|item}} 978.7 K23g
  
The Family History Library has very few original Wyoming church records. Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following to learn where their records are located:  
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The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has a few original [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results#count=20&query=%2Bplace%3AWyoming&subjectsOpen=364102-50 Wyoming church records]. Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following to learn where their records are located:  
  
 
=== Congregational  ===
 
=== Congregational  ===
  
Congregational Library<br>14 Beacon Street <br>Boston, MA 02108 <br>Telephone: 617-523-0470 <br>Fax: 617-523-0470 <br>Internet: http://www.14beacon.org/
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[http://www.14beacon.org/ Congregational Library]<br>14 Beacon Street <br>Boston, MA 02108 <br><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1292948771914_185" />Phone: (617) 523-0470 <br>Fax: (617) 523-0470  
  
=== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
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Search [http://www.14beacon.org/researchers/catalog Online Catalog]
  
LDS Church Archives<br>Historical Department <br>50 East North Temple <br>Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3400 <br>Telephone: 801-240-2272 <br>Fax: 801-240-1845<br>Internet: [http://www.lds.org/ www.lds.org]
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=== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)&nbsp;  ===
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Early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church records for&nbsp;Wyoming [[Ward Membership Records|Wards]] and Branches can be found on film through the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City or by refering to&nbsp;''Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers''. 2 vols by Jaussi. FHL book 979.2258 A3j; or on fiche #6031507. These volumes contain the film numbers for many membership and temple record films.
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[[Church History Library|Church History Library]]<br>15 East North Temple<br>Salt Lake City, UT 84150<br>Phone: (801) 240-2745<br>Fax: (801) 240-2804
  
 
=== Methodist Episcopal  ===
 
=== Methodist Episcopal  ===
  
United Methodist Archives Center <br>Drew University Library <br>P.O. Box 127 <br>Madison, NJ 07940 <br>Telephone: 201-408-3189 <br>Fax: 201-408-3909 <br>Internet: http://depts.drew.edu/lib/methodist/
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[https://www.drew.edu/library/methodist United Methodist Archives Center] <br>Drew University Library <br>P.O. Box 127 <br>Madison, NJ 07940 <br>Phone: (201) 408-3189 <br>Fax: (201) 408-3909
  
 
=== Presbyterian  ===
 
=== Presbyterian  ===
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[[Image:Wyoming churches.png|thumb|right|500px|Wyoming churches.png]] [http://www.history.pcusa.org/ Presbyterian Historical Society ]<br>United Presbyterian Church in the U.S. <br>425 Lombard Street <br>Philadelphia, PA 19147
  
Presbyterian Historical Society <br>United Presbyterian Church in the U.S. <br>425 Lombard Street <br>Philadelphia, PA 19147 <br>Internet: http://www.history.pcusa.org/
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<br>The [[Family History Library]] has microfilmed many of the records in the archives of the Presbyterian Historical Society. Others are described in:  
  
The Family History Library has microfilmed many of the records in the archives of the Presbyterian Historical Society. Others are described in:
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*''Inventory of the Church Archives of Wyoming Presbyterian Churches: 1968 Arrangement with Indexes.'' n.p.: Historical Records Survey, n.d. {{FHL|53351|item}} 906119
  
''Inventory of the Church Archives of Wyoming Presbyterian Churches: 1968 Arrangement with Indexes.'' No publisher: Historical Records Survey. No date. (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=53351&disp=Inventory+of+the+church+archives+of+Wyom++ 906119].).
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=== Roman Catholic  ===
  
=== Roman Catholic  ===
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[http://www.dioceseofcheyenne.org/ Diocese of Cheyenne]&nbsp;<br>2121 Capitol Avenue&nbsp;<br>Cheyenne, WY 82001 <br>Phone: (307) 638-1530 <br>Fax: (307) 637-7936<br>
  
Diocese of Cheyenne <br>Box 426 <br>Cheyenne, WY 82003 <br>Phone: (307) 638-1530 <br>Fax: (307) 637-7936 <br>Internet: http://www.dioceseofcheyenne.org/  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Albany County, Wyoming Genealogy|Albany]], [[Big Horn County, Wyoming Genealogy|Big Horn]], [[Campbell County, Wyoming Genealogy|Campbell]], [[Carbon County, Wyoming Genealogy|Carbon]], [[Converse County, Wyoming Genealogy|Converse]], [[Crook County, Wyoming Genealogy|Crook]], [[Fremont County, Wyoming Genealogy|Fremont]], [[Goshen County, Wyoming Genealogy|Goshen]], [[Hot Springs County, Wyoming Genealogy|Hot Springs]], [[Johnson County, Wyoming Genealogy|Johnson]], [[Laramie County, Wyoming Genealogy|Laramie]], [[Lincoln County, Wyoming Genealogy|Lincoln]], [[Natrona County, Wyoming Genealogy|Natrona]], [[Niobrara County, Wyoming Genealogy|Niobrara]], [[Park County, Wyoming Genealogy|Park]], [[Platte County, Wyoming Genealogy|Platte]], [[Sheridan County, Wyoming Genealogy|Sheridan]], [[Sweetwater County, Wyoming Genealogy|Sweetwater]], [[Sublette County, Wyoming Genealogy|Sublette]], [[Teton County, Wyoming Genealogy|Teton]], [[Uinta County, Wyoming Genealogy|Uinta]], [[Washakie County, Wyoming Genealogy|Washakie]] and [[Weston County, Wyoming Genealogy|Weston]].<ref name="rome">[https://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=a945f185eab041378d595f6c0a7f628f Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America], Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.</ref>
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Albany County, Wyoming|Albany]], [[Big Horn County, Wyoming|Big Horn]], [[Campbell County, Wyoming|Campbell]], [[Carbon County, Wyoming|Carbon]], [[Converse County, Wyoming|Converse]], [[Crook County, Wyoming|Crook]], [[Freemont County, Wyoming|Freemont]], [[Goshen County, Wyoming|Goshen]], [[Hot Springs County, Wyoming|Hot Springs]], [[Johnson County, Wyoming|Johnson]], [[Laramie County, Wyoming|Laramie]], [[Lincoln County, Wyoming|Lincoln]], [[Natrona County, Wyoming|Natrona]], [[Niobrara County, Wyoming|Niobrara]], [[Park County, Wyoming|Park]], [[Platte County, Wyoming|Platte]], [[Sheridan County, Wyoming|Sheridan]], [[Sweetwater County, Wyoming|Sweetwater]], [[Sublette County, Wyoming|Sublette]], [[Teton County, Wyoming|Teton]], [[Uinta County, Wyoming|Uinta]], [[Washakie County, Wyoming|Washakie]] and [[Weston County, Wyoming|weston]]
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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Wyoming were the Latter-day Saint, Methodist Episcopal, Protestant Episcopal, and Roman Catholic churches.[1]  The History of Wyoming, Vol 1, available online, has a detailed account of the establishment of each denomination beginning on page 476. While church services were held earlier, the building of churches began with the arrival of the railroad and influx of settlers in 1868.

Most records are kept with the local congregation, although some may have been transferred to other repositories, such as a church archives, a local genealogical or historical society, or a college library. For additional sources, understanding how to use valuable church records and guides for discovering which church your family may have belonged to, see United States Church Records.

For help locating Wyoming church records see:

  • A Directory of Church and Religious Organizations in the State of Wyoming. Cheyenne, Wyoming: Historical Records Survey, 1939. FHL Collection book 978.7 K22h; film 908039 item 5
  • Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Wyoming: Church Archives. Cheyenne, Wyoming: Historical Records Survey, 1942. FHL Collection 978.7 K23g

The Family History Library has a few original Wyoming church records. Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following to learn where their records are located:

Congregational

Congregational Library
14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 523-0470
Fax: (617) 523-0470

Search Online Catalog

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) 

Early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church records for Wyoming Wards and Branches can be found on film through the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City or by refering to Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols by Jaussi. FHL book 979.2258 A3j; or on fiche #6031507. These volumes contain the film numbers for many membership and temple record films.

Church History Library
15 East North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Phone: (801) 240-2745
Fax: (801) 240-2804

Methodist Episcopal

United Methodist Archives Center
Drew University Library
P.O. Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (201) 408-3189
Fax: (201) 408-3909

Presbyterian

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Presbyterian Historical Society
United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147


The Family History Library has microfilmed many of the records in the archives of the Presbyterian Historical Society. Others are described in:

  • Inventory of the Church Archives of Wyoming Presbyterian Churches: 1968 Arrangement with Indexes. n.p.: Historical Records Survey, n.d. FHL Collection 906119

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Cheyenne 
2121 Capitol Avenue 
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: (307) 638-1530
Fax: (307) 637-7936

The diocese includes the counties of: Albany, Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Hot Springs, Johnson, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara, Park, Platte, Sheridan, Sweetwater, Sublette, Teton, Uinta, Washakie and Weston.[2]

References

  1. William Chamberlin Hunt and United States Bureau of the Census, Religious Bodies: 1906 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1910), Vol. 1:322. Digital version at Google Books.
  2. Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.