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Vital Records

Vital records are birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates issued by county or state officials to record these events for individuals and to provide proof of their occurrence for official purposes.

Birth Certificates

Wyoming began issuing certificates in July 1909. After 100 years, the certificates become open public records and are available for research at the Archives. Records were not kept at the county level in most cases. Certificates are released at the beginning of the following calendar year (example: 1930 Certificates will be available in early 2031.)

Prior to 1909 – Few delayed birth certificates were issued by the State to individuals born prior to the start of record keeping. Index and delayed certificates available at the Wyoming State Archives.

1909-1912 – Records are public. Index and certificates available at the Wyoming State Archives.

1913-present – Access restricted. Contact the Wyoming Vital Statistics Services.

Marriage Certificates

Marriages have been recorded by the counties since their inception and this practice continues today. The Archives does house copies of county marriage record books and indexes from 1869 up to the 1960s, though specific dates vary by county.

In 1941, the State began issuing certificates as well. After 50 years, the certificates become public records and are available for research at the Archives. Certificates are released at the beginning of the following calendar year (example: 1965 certificates will be available in early 2016.)

1867-1960s – County marriage records available on microfilm at the Wyoming State Archives. Indexes available for each county.

1941-1962 – State issued certificates are public records. Certificates and index available on microfilm at the Wyoming State Archives.

1963-present – Access to state issued certificates restricted. Contact the Wyoming Vital Statistics Services. Contact county of origin for county issued records.

Divorce Certificates

The State of Wyoming has issued Certificates of Divorce only since 1941. After 50 years, the certificates become open public records and are available for research at the Archives. Certificates are released at the beginning of the following calendar year (example: 1965 certificates will be available in early 2016.)

Court records have been kept by the counties since their inception. In many cases, the court case has been transferred to the Archives, but the courts retain the indexes. Please provide the county of origin and docket number to access the cases stored in the Archives.

Prior to 1941 – No certificates issued. Contact county district court of origin for case or docket number if case transferred to the Archives.

1941-1962 – State issued certificates are public records. Certificates and index available on microfilm at the Wyoming State Archives. Contact county district court of origin for case or docket number if case transferred to the Archives.

1963-present - Access to state issued certificates restricted. Contact the Wyoming Vital Statistics Services. Contact county district court of origin for case or docket number if case transferred to the Archives.

Death Certificates

Wyoming began issuing death certificates in July 1909. After 50 years, the certificates become open public records and are available for research at the Archives. Certificates are released at the beginning of the following calendar year (example: 1965 certificates will be available in early 2016.) Records were not kept at the county level.

Prior to 1909 – Very few delayed birth certificates issued by the State to individuals born prior to the start of record keeping. Index to delayed certificates and certificates available at the Wyoming State Archives.

1909-1962 – Records are public. Index and certificates available at the Wyoming State Archives.

1963-present – Access restricted. Contact the Wyoming Vital Statistics Services.

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