Institutional records are another class of collections that should be part of one’s genealogy research repertoire. Although most of your ancestors may not have spent time in an institution, I’ll bet that almost every family tree has several that have. So they are worth your effort to research.
Here are a few good primers for searching institutional records:
- FamilySearch – Institution and School Records
- Finding Your Ancestors in Poor House or Poor Farm Records
- Researching Ancestors in Asylums
What kind of institutions and types of records can we discover?
- Poor Farm
- Orphan Train
- Mental Hospital
- Institutional School
- Correctional institutions
Acquiring records from each of these types of institutions may be difficult because of privacy concerns, but they are worth the effort.
Below you will find free online institutional records you can use to help you discover more about your relatives who have spent time in an institution.
Note: Some of the links listed take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. To take full advantage, please make sure that you are logged in to FamilySearch. The results may be different if you are signed in, rather than not.
Wyoming Online Institutional Records
- Carbon County, Wyoming State Penitentiary Cemetery
- Evanston, Uinta County, Wyoming State Hospital death records
- Fremont County, Wyoming State Training School Cemetery
- Uinta County, Wyoming State Hospital Cemetery
- Wyoming State Hospital, Burial Records
- Wyoming, US Veterans Hospital 1930 Index of Insane Patients, Patients Surnames A-M
- Wyoming, US Veterans Hospital 1930 Index of Insane Patients, Patients Surnames M-Z
- Wyoming, World War I Selective Service System draft registration cards, Prisoners, Insane, In Hospitals, 1917-1918
- Wyoming, Wyoming Frontier Prison, Inmate Profiles
- Wyoming, Wyoming Penitentiary Inmate Records
- Wyoming, Wyoming State Penitentiary, 1930 Index of Prisoners
For other Free Wyoming Links, click on the category of interest:
Probate and Wills