Location, location, location

That is what real estate agents say is so important.

We added a Google calendar to this site so that people can see when we have a volunteer signed up or need a volunteer, and also know when the meetings are. That is not difficult – it’s the first Monday each month unless it’s a holiday, and then it’s the second Monday. Usually that’s only Labor Day, but sometimes it’s New Year’s Day.

But .. while working on this, I clicked on a link to Google maps and made a discovery.

Apparently Google thinks the Webster County Genealogical Society is at the Dayton Public Library.


I sent a message to Google Maps about the error. I expect they will fix it within a couple of weeks. They were pretty good about it when I submitted a correction about the spelling of Meriwether Drive in Fort Dodge in July.

So, to clarify, the Webster County Genealogical Society is located inside the Fort Dodge Public Library in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The exact address is Room 134, 424 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, IA 50501.

I have changed the entry to have the address instead of the name of the society, and it comes up properly on Google Maps.

~Carol Foltz, WCGS president~

September meeting

The September meeting of the Webster County Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the Fort Dodge Public Library. The reason for the meeting being on the second Monday of the month is because the library will be closed for Labor Day.

We are working on setting up a program sometime in the fall. Details will follow.

Membership dues for 2013-2014 are due in September. We will be electing officers soon.

Volunteers are needed. Please let us know if you are willing to help out at the society. We can be reached by email at webcoiagenies@gmail.com.

Third-quarter newsletter

Members of the Webster County Genealogical Society should have already received their newsletters.

We have had a request for the newsletters to be in digital format, so they can be emailed instead of mailed. If you would like to have your newsletter emailed, please send your request to webcoiagenies@gmailcom. Put “newsletter” in the subject line.

Here is a two-page sample of the current newsletter, so you can see what the quality is. (link ) I was working from a copy, so it’s not 100 percent. But it’s readable. I’ll work from the original next time, so the quality should be better.

In addition to the two pages in the PDF, other information in the current newsletter includes: entries from the 1889/1890 Fort Dodge city directory from Fred Everhart to Chas F. Garrison, a continuation of the Webster Count probate index case numbers 1229 to 1262, a letter to the editor from May 1923 (responding to a letter to the editor that was in the previous newsletter), and some other miscellaneous items.

It’s not likely that we will have the entire newsletter online for nonmembers to access. We will email the newsletter to members who request it.

July meeting

The July meeting of the Webster County Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. on July 1 in Room 134 at the Fort Dodge Public Library. That is this coming Monday.

Members of the public are welcome to join us.

Do you have any questions or topics to bring up at the meeting? Please email us at webcoiagenies@gmail.com.

Family history resources

You may not realize that the Webster County Genealogical Society has resources that can help any genealogist or family history researcher – not just those with family in Webster County.

One  of these resources is Family Tree Magazine. The society has a subscription to Family Tree Magazine, and  the March/April issue is in.

Articles include: “Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks,” “Rx for Heirloom Scrapbook Preservation,” “Genealogy in the Cloud” and “Uncovering Black Roots.”

Each issue also includes city guides. This issue focuses on Cleveland, Ohio, and Providence, R.I.

Besides magazine subscriptions, the volunteers on duty will be glad to help you find what you are looking for, or assist you with learning how to fill out pedigree charts and family group sheets.

January meeting

Just a reminder about our meeting on Monday at 1:00 at our room in the library.  We will need volunteers for January, as usual, despite the cold weather!
The next newsletter is about ready to go out, but ideas are needed for the front page.  Marion Pliner completed the inside pages long ago, so they are ready to be printed.
Sue Lieske would also like to contact people who are very interested in the history of railroads in the area, including wages and benefits to the workers.  If you know whom to contact, please let us know. The society’s email address is webcoiagenies@gmail.com
Carol Foltz will let us know about new developments regarding our use of the Internet.  We should also discuss possible purchase of a FlipPal scanner.

Hope to see you Monday if you’re in the area!