Genealogy & Family History

We have more than 10,000 books and microforms covering the United States and other countries, military records, passenger and immigration lists, family histories, genealogy journals, and more.

Essential guides such as the American Genealogical and Biographical Index and the Boston Transcript are included.  Our relationship with the local LDS Family History Center allows access to resources from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

AncestryLibrary.com, MyHeritage, and Sanborn Maps are available for research online, as well as a list of genealogical websites such as FamilySearch.org and Cyndi’s List.

Classes from beginning research to specialized topics are offered in February, June, and October. Please contact Elaine Hayes to schedule a tour of genealogy or Special Collections. To request an obituary, click here.

 

Upcoming Events

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Do You Know the Way to DNA?
Saturday, February 4
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Discover the mysteries of the new autosomal DNA genealogy tests and how they reveal your ethnic background. Learn how DNA tests can help you with traditional genealogy research by connecting you with your DNA cousins. (Adults; Sunflower Room)

Genealogy: Basics
Monday, February 6
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Learn to trace your family tree through genealogy forms and databases, U.S. Federal Census and vital records. Learn how to find this information using the Internet, books and magazines. Great for beginners or those who have already started the process.
(Adults; Sunflower Room)

Genealogy: Beyond the Basics
Monday, February 13
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Take your genealogy research a step further by learning online and print genealogy resources such as probate, land and military records. Great for beginners or those who have already started the process. (Adults; Sunflower Room)

Genealogy Handouts
Helpful Links
Ancestor Chart
Family Group Sheet
Genealogy Basics
Beyond the Basics
Request Obituaries
Interlibrary Loans
Genealogy and Family Databases
Special Collections Donations

We gladly accept nonfiction genealogy, Wyoming or Western history books in readable condition. In most cases we do not accept artifacts, original documents, CDs, audiovisuals, periodicals, or general interest rare books. If you would like to donate an item to Special Collections, please contact Special Collections Librarian Elaine Hayes at 307.773.7232 for instructions.

Cheyenne Genealogical & Historical Society
Wyoming Newspaper Project
Wyoming State Archives
Wyoming State Library
Wyoming Vital Statistics Services

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Genealogy Resources

In the Genealogy Collection, patrons can access more than 10,000 genealogy books and periodicals in print and on microform. Patrons will also have access to genealogy databases such as Ancestry Library.  Equipment in the room includes a photocopier/printer, free wireless access, six computers for Internet genealogy research, an ST-200X reader/printer/scanner for microfilm or microfiche (it is also attached to a flatbed scanner for books and documents), a Minolta 6000 reader/printer/scanner for microfilm or microfiche, four microfilm readers, and two microfiche readers. Patrons are welcome to use any of the technology in this room for no charge.