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Wyoming is the 10th most extensive, but the least populous of the 50 United States. The region acquired the name Wyoming some time prior to 1865, when Representative J M Ashley of Ohio introduced a bill to Congress to provide a “temporary government for the territory of Wyoming”. The territory was named after the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania, made famous by the 1809 poem Gertrude of Wyoming by Thomas Campbell. After the Union Pacific Railroad had reached the town of Cheyenne in 1867, the region’s population began to grow steadily, and the federal government formally established the Wyoming Territory on 25 July 1868.

These 27,000 records contain the details of many early pioneers, who settled out west. Although state-wide registration of marriages did not begin until 1941, many counties recorded this information from shortly after the county was established.

The records can include information such as the first and last names of the bride and groom, parents’ names and where and when the wedding took place.