Biographies in Local Histories[edit | edit source]
- Biographical information is often found in state, county, and town histories.
- Towards the end of the 19th century, began publishers soliciting short biographical/family histories from local founding families, offering to publish them in an upcoming local history. This then became an incentive for family members to buy a copy of the book.
- Families represented were not necessarily prominent. Practically everyone living there, especially in the Midwest, counted as an early settler.
- These biographies often start with the first member of the family to settle in the area, and detail their descendants at the time of publishing. They may tell where the family moved in from. Children's marriages often are given, with maiden names included.
- The county Wiki page lists several county histories. It also lists local libraries, and societies which probably have copies of local histories.
- Many histories are no longer under copyright and can be found in the following online, digitized book collections. Search with keywords "History" and "the name of your locality" (state, county, or town).
- The FamilySearch library has extensive collections of these local histories. Many are digitized. Search the FamilySearch Catalog under your locality for the topics "Biography" and "History".
The best collection of published biographies in Wyoming is at the Wyoming State Archives. The American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming also collects biographical works and has an online collection. Select University of Wyoming or Wyoming State Archives as the institution.
The Family History Library has a significant collection of Wyoming Biographies and bioographical materials on subjects such as women, cowboys, and prominent pioneers. Some examples of helpful biographical collections are:
- Beach, Cora May Brown. Women of Wyoming. Two Volumes. Casper, Wyoming: S. E. Boyer, 1927. FHL Book 978.7 D3b.
- Beard, Frances B. Wyoming from Territorial Days to the Present. Three Volumes. Chicago, Ill.: American Historical Society, 1933. FHL Book 978.7 H2be; Film 1000827. Volumes 2-3 are biographical.