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Lookup Resources




Resources Searchable by Volunteers


We do not do research.  We will try to answer short, reasonable queries.  After reviewing the resources below, if you need help, contact Julia Christy by clicking on her name.

Washakie County was established in 1911, from "parent" Big Horn County.  Worland was chosen as the county seat in 1912.  The first elected officials were chosen in 1913.

Vital Records Index--Worland Grit & Northern Wyoming Daily News.

A chronological index of newspaper entries of births, deaths, marriages, and obituaries 1905-1965, available on microfilm or in paper binder.  Available at Washakie County Library, Northern Wyoming Daily News, and Worland LDS Family History Center.  Currently being put on line by webmaster at

Worland Grit & Northern Wyoming Daily News

Newspapers from 1906 to present.  Microfilm available  up to 6 months behind present calendar date.  Actual obituary notices began in the '40's, but many obituaries are present in earlier edition dates.  The Vital Statistics Index (see above) will state if an obituary is available.

Federal Census

(microfilm):  WY Territory for 1870 and 1880.  (1890 census destroyed) 


(microfilm):  State of WY for 1900, which consisted of these counties:  Albany, Big Horn, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Fremont and Johnson.  Often precinct name corresponds with a location, such as Big Trails or Winchester.


(microfilm.): 1910 Big Horn County (which included current Washakie County Area).


(microfilm): 1920 Washakie County


Washakie Museum Collection

Oral Histories of Washakie County families and residents.  Transcriptions of these oral histories are available.

Rico Stine Photo Collection.  A collection of old photographs of people and places.  Not presently indexed.

To go to the Washakie Museum Web Page, click on their name above.


Resources You Can Search



Washakie County has many active genealogists who have traced their ancestors back to Adam and beyond.  Many of them work out of the Worland Family History Center and have Gedcom files stored in computers.  Others work at home.  Some of these have agreed to share their research.  A list of these amateur genealogists can be seen by clicking on the navigation button titled Genealogies on the front page of this web site.


Wyoming State Archives

2301 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, WY   82002.  To go the their Web Page Click on the name above.  (307) 777-7826  They are very helpful.

Wyoming State Library

To go to their Web Page, click on the name above.   (307) 777-7982  Holdings throughout the state are found in the WYLD Wyoming Library Database

Wyoming State Historic Preservation Administration

To go to their Web Page, click on the name above.

Wyoming State Museum

To go to their Web Page, click on the name above.

Wyoming State Historical Society

This organization began as a "friends" to the State Archives as a publishing arm.  It is now a separate, non-profit organization run by volunteers.  They have a newsletter published ten times per year, and another publication four times per year.  Membership is $20 per year per person, $30 for two.  Contact person for the Society is Judy West.  Wyoming State Historical Society  PMB 184   1740 H Del Range Blvd.  Cheyenne, WY   82009-4946.  (307) 635-4881

History and People Books

Wyoming Place Names by Mae Urbanek.  1988  Copies in most libraries in Wyoming.  You can purchase @  Wolverine Distributing  305 S. 4th, Basin, WY  82410  (307) 568-2434  Call Charlie and tell him what you are looking for.  This is a bookstore full of western books, including history, travel, animals, birds, and many other subjects, for Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and other areas.

A Vast Amount of Trouble by John W. Davis.  1993  A history of the Spring Creek Raid.  Washakie Library.  Out of print, but a few copies available from the Washakie Museum   1115 Obie Sue  Worland, WY  82401  (307) 347-4102.

Development of the Worland Valley  Historical Review  Washakie County Wyoming by C. F. Robertson  1941  A rare book written by the first Mayor of Worland.  Copies in the Washakie Library.

A History of Washakie County "As Told By Its People."  A bicentennial publication not indexed.  Three hardbound copies in Washakie Library and/or lookups by Julia Christy.

History of the Big Horn Basin  by Charles A. Welch 1941  A history of the basin area, its towns, and some of its people.  Copies available in some county libraries in the state.

Wyoming Big Horn Basin to 1901   A Late Frontier   by Lawrence M. Woods   1997   Available in Washakie County Library.

Washakie:  A Wyoming County History  by Ray Penergraft   Places and People, available in the Washakie County Library.

Hot Springs:  A Wyoming County History  by Dorothy Buchanan Milek   A history of places and people of Hot Springs County (neighboring Washakie County)  Hot Springs County Library in Thermopolis or for sale at the Hot Springs County Musuem.

Vanguards of the Valley  History of the Ten Sleep Country   by Faye V. Bell  1987  Available in the Washakie and Ten Sleep Libraries.

To the Wilds of Wyoming   by Grace Ainsworth  A history of the Nowood Area.  Available in the Washakie and Ten Sleep Libraries.

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