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Wyoming State Census Records

Federal censuses for the state of Wyoming begin in 1870 and continue every ten years thereafter. They are currently available through 1920 (except for the mostly destroyed 1890 census). All are indexed in at least one format. Wyoming inhabitants were enumerated with Utah Territory in 1850 and with Nebraska Territory in 1860. The 1850 U.S. census schedule recorded residents of Fort Bridger in 1851 as part of the Green River Precinct, Weber County, Utah Territory. Green River County was never organized and was discontinued in 1868 when Wyoming Territory was created. Persons residing at Fort Laramie were enumerated as part of the unorganized portion of Nebraska Territory. In 1880, Wyoming Territory included seven counties as well as Yellowstone National Park. All counties are extant in the 1880 census. Mammoth Hot Springs of Yellowstone National Park was enumerated with Uinta County, and this census has been both Soundexed and indexed. While the 1900 U.S. census for Wyoming is Soundexed, the 1910 enumeration is not but has been indexed and published. All counties are extant for these two censuses.

A relatively unknown source is the First Wyoming Territorial Census, which was enumerated soon after formation in 1869. This comprehensive census includes name, length of residency, and place of origin. This census is available on microfilm at the Wyoming State Archives and the FHL.

Additional Sources

Urbanek, Mae. Wyoming Place Names. 1967. Reprint. Mountain Press Publishing Co., 1988. (A listing of geographic places and town names.)
Spiros, Joyce V. Hawley. Genealogical Guide to Wyoming. Gallup, N.M.: Verlene Publishing, 1982. (No research in Wyoming county sources should begin without examining this book first.)

Murray, Robert A. Military Posts of Wyoming. Fort Collins, Colo.: Old Army Press, 1974. (This book provides history, drawings, and photographs for each of Wyoming's old military posts scattered throughout the state.)
Erwin, Marie. Wyoming Blue Book. Reprint. Cheyenne: Wyoming State Archives and Historical Department, 1974.

Archives, Libraries and Societies Fremont County Genealogical Society
c/o Riverton Branch Library
1330 West Park Avenue
Riverton, WY 82501

Wyoming State Archives
Division of Cultural Resources
Barrett Building
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
Tel: 307-777-7826
Fax: 308-777-7044
Email: wyarchive@missc.state.wy.us

Wyoming State Library
Division of the Department of Administration and Information
Supreme Court and State Librarty Building
2301 Capitol Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0060
Tel: 307-777-7281
Fax: 307-777-6289

Wyoming State Historical Society
1740H184 Dell Range Road
Cheyenne, WY 82009 University of Wyoming Library
P.O. Box 3334, University Station
Laramie, WY 82071
Tel: 307-766-3224
Email: ftacij@uwyo.edu
http://www.uwyo.edu/lib/home.htm Genealogy Resources at UW Libraries

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