The Webster County Genealogical Society received its charter from the Iowa Genealogical Society in April 1977. This year marks 40 years the WCGS has been in existence.
Come celebrate with us from 10 a.m. to noon on April 29 at the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave. We will have a program on Who Am I? Using DNA as an aid to genealogy research.
Refreshments will be served.
Please sign up at our event page on Facebook so we have an idea how many will be there.
Our open house will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave.
We will have refreshments and a giveaway. There’s an event page on Facebook, but you don’t have to RSVP, just come if you can.
The Webster County Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave. At 1:30 p.m., following the meeting, Charlene Washington will present a program on black history in Fort Dodge.
Our January monthly meeting will be at 1 p.m. on Jan. 4 in Room 134 of the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave. We will have a program at 1:30. Donna Larson will talk about her trip to Ellis Island. We expect the program to last about 30 minutes.
On Jan. 6 and 7, we will be closed because the library will be closed for staff training. We will be open regular hours on Jan. 5 and the rest of the month, unless we have really bad weather. Check our Facebook page for updates.
We have set up a schedule of programs to coincide with our monthly meetings in 2016. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. and the program will be at 1:30 p.m. and should last about 30 minutes.
January 4 (originally scheduled for Jan. 11, but changed back)
Donna Larson will talk about her trip to Ellis Island.
Charlene Washington will talk about black history in Fort Dodge.
Sue Lieske will discuss family surnames.
Martha Schmidt will talk about her trip to Salt Lake City.
Diane Esperson will talk about Swedish ancestors.
Joan Ewing will discuss family surnames.
Susan M. Olson will talk about Francis Scott Key – a relative.
We will have a planning meeting for Family History Month (October).
September 12 (special date because of Labor Day)
Carol Foltz will talk about some of the old schools in Fort Dodge/Webster County.
Family History Month
We will plan our holiday party (December).
We will plan the programs for 2017.
December (special date: Saturday)
We will hold our holiday party/open house from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library.
Everyone is welcome to attend any of our meetings and events.
We will meet at 1 p.m. June 1 in our room at the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave.
There is a research workshop this weekend: Hands On ArkivDigital Workshop with Kathy Meade, the North American representative for ArchivDigital. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday in the computer lab at the Stratford Community School. You may bring your own laptop or use one of the school’s computers. Register at http://www.swedebend.com/events/arkivdigital-registration.html. There is no mandatory fee, but they do suggest a donation of $25 per day to the Swedish Immigrant Museum and $10-15 freewill donation for the lunches.
More information available at http://www.swedebend.com/events/arkivdigital-information.html.
Swedish Genealogical Research Workshop May 2015
There will be a program on black history in Fort Dodge from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Vincent House, 824 Third Ave. S.
I attended this event last year and it was quite interesting.
~Carol Foltz, president
We are postponing the February meeting until Feb. 9, the second Monday, due to the weather conditions. It will still be held at 1 p.m. in our regular room at the Fort Dodge Public Library.
Our monthly meetings are usually on the first Monday each month, at 1 p.m. in the society’s room at the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave.
This weekend we are expecting several inches of snow. It will probably be fine by Monday, but just in case, here’s the rule: If the Fort Dodge schools are out because of weather, the Webster County Genealogical Society will be closed. If that is the case on Monday, the meeting would be moved to Feb. 9. We will post a notice on our website and on Facebook if that happens.