How to Find Wyoming Death Records

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Wyoming became a territory of the United States in 1868 and officially became the 44th State in 1890. State law required the recording of death certificates in 1909. Death records are available from 1909 through the present year.

Next Step: When did the death occur? [edit | edit source]

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Learn more about U.S. Death Records

Deaths before 1909[edit | edit source]

Statewide registration of deaths began in July 1909 and was generally complied with by 1922. A few Wyoming counties kept records of deaths a few years prior to state registration. For information about pre-1909 death records, write to the local county clerk. The records in the county courthouses are open to the public, but the Family History Library has not acquired copies of these records. The library has a few records, such as coroner's reports, that have been transcribed and published. The county clerk does not usually keep copies of death records filed after July 1909. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Probate (wills, etc)
Tax Records
Church Records
Bible Records
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Deaths from 1909 to 50 years before the present[edit | edit source]

After 50 years, the death certificates become open public records and are available for research at the Wyoming State Archives. Certificates are released at the beginning of the following year (example 1965 certificates will be available in early 2016.) Records were not kept at the county level. To obtain certificates of death that are over 50 years old, visit Wyoming State Archives

There is a Death Certificate Index Database that is a work in progress for the years 1909 to 1939 for last names that begin with A to F. The index will give you Certificate number, city, county, Date of Death, and Age.

Order Certificate from the Wyoming State Archives. They offer research help, and you can call or fax your request. They just ask that you keep the size of your request manageable because they have limited amount of time they can devote to help. They prefer email but you can also call or fax your request. Wyoming State Archives
Barrett Building
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: 307-777-7826
fax 307-777-7044

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Deaths from 50 years ago thru the present year[edit | edit source]

STEP ONE: Find Death Information[edit | edit source]

For deaths that exist from 50 years ago from today to the the present, try the following databases. Try each link.

Try 1st:
Online Wyoming Death Records & Indexes List of various genealogical websites that might help you in your search.

If you can't find the death record in the above databases, try the following:

Try 2nd:

Can't find your ancestor in the online index?

Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate[edit | edit source]

PART A: You know the exact date of death

If the image was not included in the index entry above, you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following location:

Wyoming Department of Health

NOTE: Restrictions for Obtaining Wyoming Death Records

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.

PART B: You don't know the exact date of death

Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
1937 to present at Genealogy Bank Free; most current version; few records before 1962; gives place where the last benefit was sent
Or try:
SSDI at FamilySearch Historical Records Free
Or try:
U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 at Subscription required, can use for free at FamilySearch Centers.
Or try:
Wyoming Department of Health
Don't want to order the death record? Search other records with death information
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Restrictions for Obtaining Death Records[edit | edit source]

Restrictions for obtaining a certificate for persons who died within the last 50 years:
The following persons can obtain a certified death certificate from the past 50 years. For additional explanations of these parties go to Wyoming Department of Health Services

  • Immediate Family Member
  • Lawyers representing the immediate family
  • Bank, executors of estate, insurance company, or anyone requiring a certificate to pay a policy or death benefit on the decedent.
  • If you are not named on the death certificate, please be prepared to prove relationship to the decedent.
NOTE: A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.

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