Wyoming Vital Records
Wyoming Vital Records
The Office of Vital Records is responsible for maintaining all state-level vital records created, administered and maintained by the state of Wyoming regarding a person’s most important life events. These records include such documents as birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates and are compiled and stored in permanent central registry state entities uses to develop statistical analysis of its population.
A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child. The term "birth certificate" can refer to either the original document certifying the birth or to a certified copy or representation of the original document. The state of Wyoming divides the birth records catalog into two categories: early-1909 and 1909-present. In the early–1909 category, all the records were collected from Wyoming church records and county records of vital statistics, which provide the earliest evidence of births. The state of Wyoming enacted the statewide registration in 1909 and it was generally complied with by 1922. In the 1909-present category, all the records are collected and available at the Wyoming Vital Records.
A death record is most likely a copy of the information contained in a person’s death certificate. The state of Wyoming manages death records in the following categories: early-1909 and 1909-present. All records in the early-1909 category were collected from Wyoming’s Family History Library, which has acquired microfilmed copies of the original records from many counties. The records in the second category are collected and available for public inspection at Wyoming Vital Records.
A marriage/divorce record is issued by a government official only after civil registration of the marriage/divorce occurs. Many counties began recording marriages soon after the county was organized. Some county records begin as early as the 1860s, such as the Albany County marriage records that begin in 1869. The office of the county clerk for each county maintains the county marriage records from the earliest dates to the present. Most counties have indexed their marriage records, and the files are open to the public. Beginning in 1941, county clerks have sent duplicate copies of marriage records to the Vital Records Services. Also, the statewide registration of marriages began in May 1941. Marriage and divorce records from that time are available at the Wyoming Vital Records.
Why Vital Records are Available to the Public?
In 1977, the Wyoming State Legislature passed a law named the Wyoming Sunshine Law. This law was enabled with the last changes in 2002 and aims to ensure disclosure of court records and other public records to the public: Wyoming Freedom Of Information. Every person throughout the state can request access to access all public records through the assigned specialized offices within its determined terms.
What Does Vital Records Access mean to You?
The law is similar to the Wyoming Public Meeting Law legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted while the Wyoming Sunshine Law intent is to guarantee the all records at all state levels are available for public access and copying.