When conducting genealogical research, Wyoming marriage records are going to be very important. On a marriage license, marriage register or marriage certificate, you will find important data that will concern your family tree. Typically these documents contain the full name (including the maiden name) of the bride and the full name of the groom. The date and location of the ceremony is also commonly noted on these documents.
Many times there is further information on marriage licenses, marriage registrations or marriage certificates that can be of use to you as you investigate your family history through Wyoming marriage records. The ages of the bride and groom and/or their birthdates, as well as where they lived and worked at the time of the wedding could be on record. Perhaps the most common piece of information that could be on these documents is the name and birthplace of the bride's parents as well as the names and birthplace of the groom's parents. That information can certainly benefit you when you are tracing your family line.
When you are searching Wyoming marriage records, it is important that you have the appropriate basic information to make your search as simple and as accurate as possible. You will need the full name of your ancestor and the full name of their spouse. Middle names are important as many people can have the same first and last name as other people. Knowing both names will help you to make sure that you are looking at the correct record for your ancestor.
The year of the marriage will be helpful in your search as well. While you may not be aware of the precise year that the marriage took place, knowing the approximate year will help guide your search to the proper record for the marriage you are looking to verify.
The approximate location of the marriage will be helpful in your search as well. If you at least know the county in which the marriage took place, it will be easier to narrow the search down to a handful of townships. Normally marriage licenses are printed and kept at the health department of the town in which the ceremony took place.
There are other ways to verify marriage through other sources beside the actual document. If the couple got married at a church, you may be able to locate a record of the ceremony within the churches old records. It may be even easier if they were married by the justice of the peace in a courthouse because you can check court documents for the marriage ceremony. Many times couples announce their engagement or wedding in the local newspapers, so newspaper archives could have a record related to the marriage.
One place that you may not have thought to look is in death records. Typically if one spouse dies before the other, the name of the surviving spouse will be mentioned, indicating that the deceased was in fact married.
To obtain a Wyoming marriage record, follow these instructions:
Visit the Wyoming Vital Records website and click on the "Printable Marriage or Divorce Application Form" link to download the official form.
Read all instructions on the form and fill out the required information. Include the full names of the bride and groom, date and place of occurrence. A photo ID is required. Make a legible copy of your official photo ID to include with the application.
Send the form to the address listed below. You must include a non-refundable check or money order for $13.
Send the completed form to:
Vital Statistics Services
Cheyenne, WY 82002
What You Should Know About Wyoming Marriage Records
Marriage records are important vital events and statistics for the state of Wyoming. Thus, the Vital Statistics Services office of the Department of Health has been charged with maintaining marriage records since May 1941 to the present.
Where to Obtain Older Marriage Records
Any record older than 50 years should be directed to the Wyoming State Archives. Marriage records older than May 1941 are stored at the County Clerk's office in the county where the marriage was performed. All requests for older records must be placed directly with one of these offices.
Who May Obtain Wyoming Marriage Records?
Wyoming state laws strictly limit who may obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate. Only the parties listed on the marriage document or their attorney acting on their part may place a request.