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.  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.

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Genealogy: Finding Your African American Ancestors

February 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Family history research on your African American ancestors can be difficult. This class will give you some hints about where to search beyond standard genealogy resources. We will look into census records, Freedman’s Bank Records, military records, newspapers, DNA research, and more.   (Adults; Sunflower Room)

Genealogy Basics with Ancestry Library Edition

February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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 books and other resources available at Laramie County Library System, the basics of genealogy record keeping, and how to search using Ancestry Library Edition, the free library version of (Adults; Sunflower Room)

Genealogy: Beyond

February 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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 free resources on the Internet. We will cover,, and more. (Adults; Sunflower Room)

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Genealogy Handouts
Helpful Links
Ancestor Chart
Family Group Sheet
Genealogy Basics using Ancestry Library Edition
Genealogy Beyond Ancestry Library Edition
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.