Genealogy & Family History

We have more than 20,000 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.  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. To request an obituary, click here.


Upcoming Events

Genealogy Basics
Saturday, April 14, 4 – 5:30pm
Have you ever wanted to research your family history? This basic class will give you all the information you need to get started. Our discussion will include resources available to LCLS library card holders along with general genealogy databases, Internet research, vital records, and the United States Federal Census.
(Adults & Teens; Sunflower Room)

Genealogy: Beyond the Basics
Saturday, April 21, 4 – 5:30pm
This class will take you beyond the basics of genealogy research and into some forgotten resources that can tell you about your ancestors. We will discuss how to research your ancestors in newspapers, wills, church, land, immigration and military records, and more using both Internet and print resources.
(Adults & Teens; Sunflower Room)

Genealogy: The Basics of DNA Genealogy
Saturday, April 28, 4 – 5:30pm
More than 12 million people have submitted their DNA for genealogy testing. We will cover the basics of DNA genealogy testing and how you can use the results to enhance your traditional genealogy research and find more of your family.
(Adults & Teens; 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.