The Webster County Genealogical Society
This is the official website of the Webster County (Iowa) Genealogical Society. The society’s library is located in Room 134 inside the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Our hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays. We are closed on holidays and other days the library is closed. We can open by appointment during hours the Fort Dodge Public Library is open. Our phone number is 515-302-9854.
Officers for 2016-2017
- President: Susan M. Olson
- Vice President: Sue Lieske
- Secretary/Treasurer: Carol Foltz
Obituary only requests are $5. For all other requests the fee is $15 per hour, plus copying costs. All research is done by volunteers. We will do research on items within our library, the Fort Dodge Public Library, Webster County Courthouse and other local and county resources. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Our phone number is 515-302-9854.
Checks should be made payable to the Webster County Genealogical Society and sent to:
Webster County Genealogical Society
424 Central Ave.
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Our email address is email@example.com
The monthly business meetings are held at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at our library within the public library, except on holidays.
About the society
The goals of our society are to promote an interest in genealogy, to preserve Webster County records of cemeteries, churches, schools, courthouse documents, maps, family histories, and to maintain a genealogical library.
Meetings are held at the Webster County Genealogical Society room at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month from April to December, unless that Monday is a holiday.
What is in our library?
Visitors to our library will find a large collection of Webster County books, including histories, city directories, atlases, school, church, funeral home, cemetery records, obits which are indexed, newspaper indexes, family genealogies and more.
We have a collection of Iowa records as well as books and periodicals from other states, DAR and SAR books, and may reference and “how to” books.
Copies of all our publications through the Iowa Genealogical Society are on the library shelves.
We have a copy machine, microfilm reader/printer, microfiche reader and computer and printer, as well as many CD-ROMs of genealogical information.
We have indexed most of Webster County federal and state census records.
Microfilm records for Webster County
Dayton Review, Gowrie, Lehigh and Fort Dodge newspapers (some are also available at www.fortdodge.advantage-preservation.com)
1870 federal census
1880 federal census
1925 state census
Dayton Swedish church
World War I draft registrations
Iowa births 1880 to 1936
Iowa death records 1914 to 1924
Old Age Assistance
Iowa delayed birth records 1852 to 1916 index
Iowa death index 1904 to 1916
Native Americans IGI
Family registry from Salt Lake City
Sanborn fire maps for Dayton, Gowrie, Lehigh, Fort Dodge, from 1885 to 1907
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