Washakie County, Wyoming Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Worland
Organized: February 9, 1911
Parent County(s): Big Horn [1]
Neighboring Counties
Big Horn  • Fremont  • Hot Springs  • Johnson  • Natrona  • Park
See County Maps
Location Map

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Washakie County was named after the head chief of the Shoshone people, Chief Washakie, who became an ally of the US Government.[2] It is located in the north-central area of the state. [3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Washakie County Courthouse
1023 Big Horn Avenue
P.O. Box 862
Worland, WY 82401
Phone: (307) 347-4821
Washakie County Website

County Clerk has marriage and land records. Clerk of the District Court has divorce, probate and court records.[4]

Washakie 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1909 1913 1909 1912 1906 1913 1850
*State birth and death records began in 1909. Limited compliance until 1922.[6]

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 February 1911 from Big Horn
  • County Seat: Worland [7]

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:[8]

  • Durkee
  • Colter
Uncategorized Places
  • Airport Road
  • Big Trails
  • Mc Nutt
  • Neiber
  • South Flat
  • Washakie Ten
  • West River
  • Winchester

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Washakie 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 Washakie 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[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.
1920 3,106
1930 4,109 32.3%
1940 5,858 42.6%
1950 7,252 23.8%
1960 8,883 22.5%
1970 7,569 −14.8%
1980 9,496 25.5%
1990 8,388 −11.7%
2000 8,289 −1.2%
2010 8,533 2.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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.

Wards and Branches of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Worland 1st, Worland 2nd, Tensleep

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

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]

Fremont CountyHot Springs CountyPark CountyBig Horn CountyJohnson CountyNatrona CountyWY WASHAKIE.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]

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
  • Worland Grit - December 1905 to May 1939[11]
    Operated in Worland, Washakie, Wyoming.
    Archives at the Wyoming Newspaper Project.
  • Northern Wyoming Daily News- June 1939 to present [12]
    201 N. 8th
    Worland, Wyoming 82401
    Operated in Worland, Washakie, Wyoming. The name was changed from the Worland Grit in June 1939. A free archives database on their website for issues from January 3, 2006 to present.

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- Washakie - 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 Washakie County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Wyoming Archives and Libraries.

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

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 Washakie County. For state-wide library facilities, see Wyoming Archives and Libraries.

Washakie County Library
1019 Coburn Ave
Worland, WY 82401, USA
Phone: 307-347-2231
Email: worland@washakiecountylibrary.com
Director: director@washakiecountylibrary.com

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

County, Township and City Societies

Washakie County Historical Society
P. O. Box 247
Wheatland, WY 82201
Phone: 307-322-4237
Email: linda@wyshs.org

Websites[edit | edit source]

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. http://genealogytrails.com/wyo/washakie/ accessed 11/15/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washakie_County,_Wyoming accessed 11/15/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 767 Washakie County, Wyoming
  5. 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, "Washakie County, Wyoming," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washakie_County,_Wyoming#Communities accessed 2 December 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. From the Wyoming Daily News website. http://www.wyodaily.com/
  12. From the Wyoming Daily News website. http://www.wyodaily.com/