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., MyHeritage, and Sanborn Maps are available for research online, as well as a list of genealogical websites such as 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.


Upcoming Events

Please register for each event separately. Click on the link and use the “Reserve Your Spot” button.

Genealogy Basics
Monday, October 3
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Special Collections Librarian Elaine Hayes will teach you how to trace your family tree. Great for beginners or those who have already started the process. Subjects covered are genealogy forms and databases, the U.S. Federal Census, and vital records such as birth, marriage, and death records. We’ll learn how to find this information using the Internet, books, and magazines. (Adults; Sunflower Room)

Genealogy: Beyond the Basics
Monday, October 17
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Special Collections Librarian Elaine Hayes will help you look for your ancestors with resources beyond the Internet or This class is for those looking to find additional resources to conduct family history research. You are encouraged to take Genealogy Basics before attending this session. (Adults; Sunflower Room)

Are You Royal?
Monday, October 24
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Would you like to know if you have ancestors that were royal or part of the European aristocracy? We will discuss the process of researching your ancestry for ties to Charlemagne, Robert the Bruce, the English Plantagenets, the French Merovignians and more! (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


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.