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The Special Collections Room is operated on an independent research basis. Limited assistance is provided by library staff and approximately 20 volunteers.

The Special Collections Room, which accommodates up to 40 people, features microfiche and microfilm reader/printer/scanners, a photocopier, wireless Internet and Internet access computers. Patrons using the collection are asked to keep the materials in the room. Groups are invited to use the Special Collections Room, as well as individuals.

Charts, forms and other materials are available for photocopying. A list of genealogists who will do research for a fee is also available.

For more information on tours or fee-based researchers, contact:

Elaine Hayes
Special Collections Librarian

Phone: 307-773-7232
If you are making a special trip to the Special Collections Room, we strongly encourage you to call first (307-773-7232) to check on the availability of staff or volunteer assistance.

View Special Collections Introductory Brochure »

Genealogy Workshops
Use of the Collection
Catalog Access
Genealogy Database & Internet Access
Gifts & Donations
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Genealogy Internet Resources

Genealogy Workshops

Periodically the library hosts a series of workshops to help people begin, continue or advance their genealogical searches.

Free and open to the public, these sessions take place in the library’s public meeting rooms, 2200 Pioneer Ave. in Cheyenne.

Please register for each session by calling 307-634-3561 or by visiting the Ask Here desk on the third floor.

View Genealogy Workshop: Genealogy Basics
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View Genealogy Workshop: Beyond the Basics
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Ancestor Chart

Family Group Sheet

Use of the Collection

The public is invited to use all genealogical materials found in the Special Collections Room, but materials may not be checked out or removed from the room (although the public is welcome to print, photocopy and/or scan materials).  Additionally, interlibrary loans are available.

Catalog Access

The Genealogy Collection, including books, periodicals and microforms, is cataloged on WYLDCat, which features a surname index of the collection. LDS Family History Center microfilms on loan are listed in a notebook. The Genealogy Collection includes:

  • 10,000+ volumes of books and periodicals in printed form and on microfiche
  • Strong representation of states to the east of the Great Plains, particularly Virginia and New England
  • State, county and town histories, as well as probate, land, cemetery, church and vital records
  • Many federal census indexes and films; those not housed in the Special Collections Room can be rented from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City
  • Family histories, military records and publications of American historical societies, including the Massachusetts Vital Records, the Rhode Island Vital Records, the War of the Rebellion series and the American Genealogical and Biographical Index

Genealogy Database & Internet Access

The public can access and search subscription genealogy databases such as Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest and Digital Sanborn Maps in the Special Collections Room.

The room also provides access to genealogy websites such as, Ellis Island, Cyndi’s List, U.S. GenWeb and more.

Gifts & Donations

To enrich this area, the library welcomes gifts of books and periodicals relating to genealogy, Laramie County history or Wyoming history. Additionally, tax-deductible donations may be made directly to the Laramie County Library Foundation. The room’s volunteers donate their gifts of time and expertise, and genealogists interested in sharing their expertise are also encouraged to volunteer. For more information, please call 307-773-7232.


Most states are represented in the periodicals collection, which includes:

  • Family newsletters
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
  • The Genealogy Periodicals Annual Index which provides access to the periodicals


The microfiche collection consists primarily of University Microfilm’s Genealogy and Local History collection. This resource contains thousands of titles, including family histories, local histories, genealogical periodicals and vital records from the 13 original colonies. The library also owns the Boston Transcripts on microfiche and has a growing number of miscellaneous fiche and films.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Laramie County Library genealogy materials may be loaned to other libraries under certain conditions.

Genealogy resources not in our collection may be borrowed by our patrons from another library.
Find out more about Interlibrary Loan »


Genealogy Internet Resources
Wyoming State Archives

The Wyoming State Archives is home to a large collection of documents on Wyoming history; microfilms of most Wyoming newspapers; Wyoming census records for 1869, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920; 1880 and 1900 census soundex; 1890 Union veteran census of Wyoming; the Wilkerson biographical collection and many Wyoming cemetery records.

Click here to go to Wyoming Newspaper Project
Wyoming Newspaper Project

Discover the stories that formed Wyoming through the Wyoming Newspaper Project. For the sheer volume of information they contain, newspapers are the single most important printed record of human activity.

Click here to go to Wyoming State Library
Wyoming State Library

The State Library offers a collection of state and federal government documents and Western history.

Clcik here to go to Wyoming Vital Records Service
Wyoming Vital Statistics Services

The Vitals Records Service maintains birth and death records for the State of Wyoming since July 1909.

Other Genealogy Links
Click here to Cheyenne Gebealogical and Historical Society

Cheyenne Genealogical and Historical Society

Click here to go to LDS Family History Library

Family Search

Lists research steps and locations of LDS Family History Centers.

Click here to go to National Genealogy Society

National Genealogy Society

Lists standards for genealogical research, research aids and links to the Society’s online public access catalog.

Click here to go to Genealogy Gateway

Genealogy Gateway

Lists more than 6,000 surname homepages, a “how to” guide, and ethnic and international resources.