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- Earliest residents of what became Wyoming in 1890 are in the 1850 censuses of Nebraska, Utah, and Washington.
- Many early Wyoming settlers obtained land by homesteading, or purchased land from the railroads.
- Many county records have been moved to the State Archives.
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- The Wyoming GenWeb Project includes counties, public libraries, queries, mailing list, WY timeline, census info, WY family group records, maps, tombstone images, and obituaries.
- Wyoming Biography Database 7,317 entry index to biographical profiles of individuals from Wyoming.
- Wyoming Newspaper Project: This is a work in progress, there are over 721,138 full page newspaper images loaded.
- Wyoming Blacksheep Ancestors includes 1930 WY census of prisoners and insane, WY executions 1884-1965, and WY lynchings 1874-1918.
Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:
- Wyoming Marriages 1877-1920 (FamilySearch Historical Records) 14,070 entries.
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When the United States acquired Wyoming, most of the land that comprises the present state became part of the public domain. The federal government surveyed available land and began transferring much of it to private ownership through local land offices in a process called "land entry." The first land office was established at Cheyenne in 1870. Read more...
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- ↑ William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 387. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 X2th. 1850 census shows residents in present-day Wyoming then in Nebraska Territory (Unattached), Utah Territory (Green River County), and Washington Territory (Unattached), and in the 1856 Utah census of Green River County.
- ↑ The Dept. of the Interior BLM-GLO Land Patent Search only shows homesteads that were completed. If you can identify the location of incomplete homestead applications you can still obtain the application papers. The Union Pacific Railroad was the most likely one to sell land to settlers.
- ↑ "Vital Records in Wyoming" in Wyoming State Archives at http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/Research/Topics/index.asp?ID=18&homeID=2 (accessed 14 February 2012).