Wyoming Vital Records
This entry was originally written by Dwight A. Radford in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
Wyoming began recording births and deaths in 1909. Very few birth and death records were kept on the county level prior to that time. Most of the early births filed at the state office are delayed birth registrations. When specifics are not known, the officials at the State Department of Health can check the alphabetical index for a desired entry, but an hourly fee will be charged.
Certified copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates for the period after statewide recording are available from the Vital Records Services, Hathaway Bldg., Cheyenne, WY 82002 http://wdh.state.wy.us/vital_records/.
Wyoming has been recording marriages and divorces statewide since 1941. Earlier marriages were recorded by the county clerk in the county where the license was issued. All Wyoming marriage records from 1869 to 1970 are available from the Wyoming State Archives and Historical Department (see Archives, Libraries and Societies) for all Wyoming counties. The Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City has marriage registers on microfilm for many counties. Early divorce records were kept by the clerk of the district court where the divorce took place.
FamilySearch.org has a marriage collection available for free online:
- Wyoming Birth, Marriage, and Death Records - free up-to-date guide to accessing Wyoming birth, marriage, and death records (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Includes links to FamilySearch vital record databases.
- Wyoming Marriages Search Engine - free Wyoming marriages search engine that has indexed marriages posted across the web.
- Wyoming Obituary and Death Notice Archive - free Wyoming obituary archive that has transcribed obits from across the state.
- Wyoming Library of Files - free Wyoming obituary and data files archive from across the state.