Niobrara County, Wyoming Genealogy

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United States
Wyoming
Niobrara County
Guide to Niobrara County, Wyoming ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Lusk
Organized: February 14, 1911
Parent County(s): Converse [1]
Neighboring Counties
Converse  • Custer (SD)  • Fall River (SD)  • Goshen  • Platte  • Sioux (NE)  • Weston
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

Niobrara County was founded in 1911. The County Seat is Lusk.[2]It is located in the far central eastern area of the state. The county was named for the Niobrara River. [3]

County Courthouse

Niobrara County Courthouse
424 S Elm
PO Box 420
Lusk, WY 82225
Phone: 307.334.2211
Niobrara County Website

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1888. Clerk of the District Court has divorce, probate and court records.[4]

Niobrara County, Wyoming Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
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1889*
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1911
1883
1913
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

  • Parent County: organized 14 February 1911 from Converse
  • County seat: Lusk [5]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[6]

Towns
  • West Lance Creek
  • Whitman
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Niobrara County, Wyoming online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in
Print
(Often
more complete
)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Wyoming Cemeteries for more information

The following web site has additional information on Niobrara county cemeteries.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 6,321
1930 4,723 −25.3%
1940 5,988 26.8%
1950 4,701 −21.5%
1960 3,750 −20.2%
1970 2,924 −22.0%
1980 2,924 0.0%
1990 2,499 −14.5%
2000 2,407 −3.7%
2010 2,484 3.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org"

Before Wyoming was a state in 1890, Wyoming was included in the 1850 Utah Territory. In the 1860 Census, it was enumerated as Nebraska Territory. The first Wyoming Territorial Census was taken in 1869, right after Wyoming Territory was created, and is available on microfilm at the Wyoming State Archives[7] and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (FHL film 2261365). The 1870 and 1880 Federal Censuses included Wyoming Territory.[8] See links listed below. State censuses were taken for Wyoming but they were mostly statistical censuses with very little individual information. See Wyoming Census for more information.

Territory and State Census Records

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of Wyoming starting in 1890, although no records survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. For links to Federal Census indexes, see Wyoming Census.

For tips on accessing Niobrara County, Wyoming Genealogy census records online, see: Wyoming Census.

Church Records

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Wyoming denominations, view the Wyoming Church Records wiki page.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Online Land Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Wyoming Land and Property for additional information about early Wyoming land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Niobrara County, Wyoming Genealogy. County and town histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Wyoming Local Histories.

  • Pioneering on the Cheyenne River. 2014. By Sylvie Marchant. Salt Lake City, Utah: Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah;

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Online Collections

These collections are unique to Wyoming. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Wyoming Military Records.

Civil War
No known military units were raised specifically from Wyoming as it did not become a state until 1890. However men from the territories that became Wyoming fought in other units during the Civil War.

World War I

World War II

For further information see Wyoming Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Wyoming Newspapers Online

Wyoming Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

In most counties in Wyoming, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Wyoming- Niobrara - Probate records.

School Records

Tax Records

Wyoming tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records.

See also How to order Wyoming Vital Records, order electronically online $ or download an application for Wyoming Birth Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail. For records more than 50 years old visit Wyoming State Archives

Birth

Marriage


When searching marriages at the courthouse please note that the earliest marriages (1913-1927) are in volume 20, pp. 185-640, with subsequent years being in volume 19 (1927-).

Death

  • Wyoming Death Index at Wyoming State Archives — index (currently contains only A-E, it is a work in progress)


Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Niobrara County Library
425 S Main St
P O Box 510
Lusk, WY 82225, USA
Phone: 307-334-3490
Director: Debbie Sturman
Email: info@niobraracountylibrary.org
Website

Museums

Societies

County, Township and City Societies

Niobrara County Historical Society
P. O. Box 247
Wheatland, WY 82201
Phone: 307-322-4237
e-mail: linda@wyshs.org
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/wyo/niobrara/ accessed 11/14/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niobrara_County%2C_Wyoming accessed 11/14/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 766. Biobrara County, Wyoming
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Niobrara County, Wyoming," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niobrara_County,_Wyoming#Communities accessed 28 November 2016.
  7. On microfilm number: 2261365.
  8. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 761. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ‘’Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources,’’ 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2004), 761. Free online version; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004; WorldCat entry.