The next meeting of the Webster County Genealogical Society will be at 1 p.m. on July 7 in Room 134 of the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave. The public is welcome to attend.
We will have some news about a project that will make some research easier.
Ancestry.com and associated sites (Rootsweb and Find a Grave) were down for Monday, part of Tuesday and intermittently today due to a DDoS attack. Think of it like a bunch of people all dialing the same phone number at the same time (and keep dialing for a period of time) to make the lines busy, while people with legitimate reasons for calling aren’t able to get through.
There’s a post about it here.
The site is still slow, but should be back to regular service soon.
If you aren’t sure whether a site is down just for you or for everyone, try this site: IsUp.me. or www.downforeveryone.com (those are both the same site).
Type the web address in the box and hit Enter on your keyboard. The site sends a message to the site you are trying to access and tells you if it was successful or not.
At just before 5 p.m. June 18, Ancestry was down (still/again). Rootsweb was down, but Find a Grave was working.
We had a gentleman stop by the society’s room today looking for information on how to research Czech genealogy.
I’m no expert.
We looked up some names in the Czech obits 1937-1980 book. The index lists the deceased, as well as others listed in the obits, such as survivors and pall bearers.
I also found a couple of sites that can help you get started researching Czech family history.
Get started with Czech genealogy
5 Places to Begin a Search for Czech Ancestors
Last year, I attended the Czech picnic in Fort Dodge. It was a happy accident. I was delivering Messenger bound books to Marion Pliner for indexing. She insisted that I stay and attend the picnic. It was a nice event.
I haven’t heard when the next Czech picnic will be, but if you have Czech ancestry and want to find out more, it could be helpful to connect with others with similar interests.
This table was full of family history items brought in for people to look at.
The monthly meeting of the Webster County Genealogical Society is at 1 p.m. today (June 2) in room 134 of the Fort Dodge Public Library. The public is welcome.
Check out the resources at the Webster County Genealogical Society.
We’re having an open house at the Fort Dodge Public Library from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. today. The library closes at 2 p.m on Saturdays.
Come on over and visit with us about family history. The Webster County Historical Society will also be open during the same time.
There will be refreshments.
And photo scanning. You can bring in family photos and we will scan them and save them to your USB drive or email them to you.
A four-generation photo.
The April meeting of the Webster County Genealogical Society is 1 p.m. today in Room 134 of the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave. The public is welcome.
We should be discussing details for an open house planned for April 26.
A researcher in Norway sent this photo to The Messenger and it was forwarded to us from there. We believe the photo was taken in Webster County.
Teodor Helland is the fourth man from the right in the back row. It would be good if we could identify anyone else in the photo, or find out where the photo was taken.
The fourth man from the right in the back row is Teodor Helland. He was born in Sand in Suldal, Rogaland, Norway, in 1871. He emigrated to Webster County around 1889, but returned to Norway around 1895. The photo is supposed to be from Webster County. He died in 1956.
I have cropped each man’s photo separately. I kept the boys in one photo.
They are listed from the left. There are six men in the first row, so they are man1, man2, etc. The second row begins at the left with man7. Teodor Helland would be man12, but since we know who he is, I named the photo with his name.
The boys in back:
The March meeting of the Webster County Genealogical Society will be at 1 p.m. March 10 in Room 134 of the Fort Dodge Public Library. The public is welcome.
The meeting was postponed last week because of severe temperatures. That shouldn’t be a problem this Monday.
Due to forecasted severe cold for Monday, the monthly meeting of the Webster County Genealogical Society is rescheduled for March 10. It will still be at 1 p.m. in Room 134 of the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave., Fort Dodge.
The Webster County Genealogical Society meets at 1 p.m. today, room 134 of the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave. The public is welcome.