Sheridan County, Wyoming Genealogy

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

County Information


Sheridan County was organized in 1888. The County Seat is Sheridan.[1] Sheridan County is located in the North Central location of the state. The State was named for Philip Sheridan, a general in the American Civil War and controversial Indian fighter.[2]

County Courthouse

Sheridan County Courthouse
224 South Main Street Ste B2
Sheridan, WY 82801
Phone: 307.674.2500
Sheridan County Website

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1888. Clerk of the District Court has divorce, probate and court records.[3]

Sheridan County, Wyoming Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • Parent County: created 9 March 1888 from Johnson
  • County seat: Sheridan [4]
For animated maps illustrating Wyoming County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Wyoming County Boundary Maps" (1848-1965) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[5]

  • Ulm
  • Verona
  • Dutch
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

County Facts
County seat: Sheridan
Organized: March 9, 1888
Parent County(s): Johnson[6]
Neighboring Counties
Big Horn (MT)  • Big Horn  • Campbell  • Johnson  • Powder River (MT)
See County Maps
Sheridan County Courthouse, Sheridan, Wyoming.jpg
Location Map
This page is available for adoption


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Sheridan County, Wyoming online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in
more complete
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Wyoming Cemeteries for more information

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 1,972
1900 5,122 159.7%
1910 16,324 218.7%
1920 18,182 11.4%
1930 16,875 −7.2%
1940 19,255 14.1%
1950 20,185 4.8%
1960 18,989 −5.9%
1970 17,852 −6.0%
1980 25,048 40.3%
1990 23,562 −5.9%
2000 26,560 12.7%
2010 29,116 9.6%
Source: ""

State Census Records

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for Wyoming starting in 1850. For links to Federal census indexes, see Wyoming Census.

For tips on accessing Sheridan 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Sheridan

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



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 Sheridan 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.

  • Black Diamonds of Sheridan: a facet of Wyoming History. 1977. Cheyenne, Wyoming: Pioneer Printing and Stationery;

Maps and Gazetteers



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

For further information see Wyoming Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship


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


Other Records


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- Sheridan - 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.




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


Research Facilities


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.




County, Township and City Societies

  • Sheridan Genealogical Society, Inc.
    Wyoming Room Sheridan County Library
    335 West Alger Street
    PO Box 6503
    Sheridan, WY 82801



Research Guides


  1. accessed 11/15/2016
  2.,_Wyoming accessed 11/15/2016
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 767. Sheridan County, Wyoming
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Sheridan County, Wyoming," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Wyoming_Genealogy accessed 28 November 2016.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).