Saturday Hours

We will not continue being open on Saturdays due to shortage of staff.

We will still be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 11:00 to 4:00.

If you would like to visit our office during other hours, please call us at 515-302-9854 for an appointment.  Our email address is We are also on facebook.

Thank You

July meeting

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.

Czech heritage


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.


Welcome to the library


This is a view of the library of the Webster County Genealogical Society. On the right are Webster County resources. There are family trees on the far back wall. On that same wall, to the left are state and county resources. The boxes along the top shelves contain probate records.

There is a wide variety of resources available. I’ll be working on getting a list online for people to see what we’ve got.

We have Fort Dodge city directories going back to the late 1800s.


Oh, and don’t forget microfilm (newspapers,church records and more):