Research

Contact the Webster County Genealogical Society for research assistance.

Obituary only requests are $5.00. All other requests are $15 per hour, plus copying costs. All research is done by volunteers. We will do research on items without our library, the Fort Dodge Public Library, Webster County Courthouse and other local and county resources. Our email address is webcoiagenies@gmail.com.

Checks should be made payable to the Webster County Genealogical Society and sent to:

Webster County Genealogical Society
424 Central Ave.
Room 134
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Please include details on the specific people you are researching and what you want to find out.

Doing research in person

The Webster County Genealogical Society is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays,Thursdays and Saturdays from 11-1245.  We are closed certain holidays or if there is inclement weather.

We can open at other times by appointment. Email webcoiagenies@gmail.com ahead of time to make an appointment, or call 515-302-9854.

The genealogy society has a microfilm reader/printer. Copies are 25 cents each. You can count up your copies when you are done and pay at once. The Fort Dodge Public Library has two microfilm machines, which are coin-operated and also cost 25 cents per page. The microfilm holdings of the library and the society do not overlap, so you may wish to visit both places.

Wi-Fi is available within the Fort Dodge Public Library building. There are outlets in the library proper and in the genealogy society for laptops. The library restricts cell phone usage to the lobby.

The genealogy society has a copier and a printer/scanner/copier. Copies are 10 cents each. You can count your copies when you are done and pay at once. The library has a coin-operated copier. Copies are 10 cents each.

11 thoughts on “Research

  1. There is a marriage listed in the IA Gen web, Book 1. 1871 Marriage
    I’m wondering if the original is available to view. I believe the name was transcribed in error and I’d like to see if someone could review and verify.
    The marriage is below….. I believe the groom name is Fred Koerner.

    I’ve been researching Nettie Bodenhaus(en). I believe this may be the same Nettie Bodenhausen that married a Edward Ritsbaw in 1879 also in Webster Co. On the 1880 census she is living with Edward as wife and has 3 children named last name Koerner.

    Name: Fred Roemer
    Event Date: 01 May 1871
    Event Place: Webster Co., Iowa, United States
    Spouse’s Name: Johanette Bodenhausen

    I’m also trying to find out what happened to Fred Koerner… there is a Fred Koerner that received a land grant in Des Moines in 1879.
    Which leads me to believe he took off or they were divorced etc.

    • We charge $15.00 an hour for research. Please send a check to:
      Webster County Genealogy Society
      424 Central Avenue, Room 134
      Fort Dodge, IA 50501
      Please provide as much information as you can for each individual.
      Thank You

  2. I am looking for any info on my ggggrand father Daniel Miles. He was born 1795 in South Carolina an died in Webster County 1894. Any info on where he was born in South Carolina?

    • We charge $15.00 an hour for research. Please send a check to:
      Webster County Genealogy Society
      424 Central Avenue, Room 134
      Fort Dodge, IA 50501
      Please provide as much information as you can for each individual.
      Thank You

  3. My father, Dale Fessler b. 1899, was born and raised in Fort Dodge and was the grandson of David Fessler and Elise Kolb cc 1856, Fort Dodge.
    While going thru’ some of my father’s books from his time there, I found a mass card for Anna Hellman (nee Heeb), died Julyu 6, 1913. If anyone is interested in having it, I will mail it asap.

    • We charge $15.00 an hour for research. Please send a check to:
      Webster County Genealogy Society
      424 Central Avenue, Room 134
      Fort Dodge, IA 50501
      Please provide as much information as you can for each individual.
      Thank You

  4. Do you have a charge for someone to come in to do research for themselves? May they take photos of text material? If so, is there a fee for that? I’d like to know what these fees are and about any others as I am preparing a research proposal. Thank you!

    • We do not charge people for doing their own research at our library. We do charge 25 cents per microfilm page copied and 10 cents per page copied. You may take photos at no charge.

  5. Do you have any lists of residences of Fort Dodge, IA between 1860-1880? I am looking for ancestors with the surname Paffgen/Peffgen/Paeffgen?

    • Our earliest city directory is 1898, but we do have other types of records. If you are interested in having us research for you, please email your information to webcoiagenies@gmail.com. We charge $15/hour plus copying/courthouse costs.

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