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.

AncestryLibrary.com  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.

Genealogy Handouts
Helpful Links
Ancestor Chart
Family Group Sheet
Genealogy Basics using Ancestry Library Edition
Genealogy Beyond Ancestry Library Edition
Genealogy Bibliography/Webography
Request Obituaries
Interlibrary Loans
Genealogy and Family History 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.

Upcoming Events

Scandinavian Genealogy: Finding Your Nordic Immigrant Ancestors

Sunflower Room 2200 Pioneer Ave - 3rd Floor, Cheyenne, WY

This workshop will help you start your search for your Nordic ancestors who immigrated to the United States. We will focus on your ancestors from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, but will also touch on Finland, Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. We will show research strategies using genealogy databases, DNA matches, and print resources. (Adults; Sunflower Room)

Genealogy Basics

Sunflower Room 2200 Pioneer Ave - 3rd Floor, Cheyenne, WY

Learn how to get started finding your family in the U.S. Federal Census and vital records using internet genealogy databases such as Ancestry Library and print resources in our Special Collections. (Adults; Sunflower Room)

Virtual Events

Genealogy Basics

Genealogy Beyond the Basics