We did have the meeting on Monday, Jun 28 at noon at the Fort Dodge Public Library. Here’s the schedule for upcoming meetings. All meetings are at noon.

July 19, 2021
Aug. 23, 2021
Sept. 20, 2021
Oct. 18, 2021

Monday Oct 3, 2021 at noon we will be having an open house. Dave Baker will be telling us about Ghost Towns of Webster County.


Work is still going on.

We do world wide genealogy research!

This has been an amazing weekend! There was a free online genealogy seminar. Members of the seminar helped find a Swedish lady that I have been looking for a long time. They told me the name of the ship she traveled on in 1880. Found her and family in the Dayton Emmanuel Lutheran church, and her passing in 1887. I am thrilled!!

Office hours and donation

We are still closed. No idea when we will open. A lot of medical concerns. If you have questions, call me at 515-570-7840.

Or email at

Or send me message via Facebook.

We are open by appointment only

Also, we received a big donation of materials from Judy Ort’s family. I went in Friday to take a look. A lot of duplicate items that are in our library.

Please call if you have questions.

Exciting News


I hope this email finds you all healthy and well!

My name is Anne-Marcelle, I’m a researcher for PBS’ Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a documentary series that explores the family history of our guests.

I am currently researching the ancestors of a guest of ours by the names of Richard P. Furlong, Anistasia Ryan Furlong, Thomas White, John Furlong, and Mary Eleanor Powers  who lived in Fort Dodge, IA and worshiped at Holy Trinity Parish.

Richard P. Furlong became a prominent businessman in Fort Dodge and even served as mayor. He is fairly well documented but we’re hoping to find a bit more regarding his early days in the town. 

I am hoping that there can be an effort made to look through biographies, newspaper articles, historical documents or church records regarding our ancestors.

I have listed the vital information of the ancestors of interest below to aide in the search:

John R Furlong
BIRTH MAR 1788 • Enniscorthy in the County Wexford, Ireland
DEATH 1871 • Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States  

Mary Eleanor Powers
BIRTH ABT 1788 • Newfoundland
DEATH 1861 • Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa

Richard Powers Furlong

BIRTH 4 JANUARY 1828 • Jefferson, Lincoln County, Maine, United States of America
DEATH 16 DECEMBER 1891 • Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, United States of America

Thomas White
DEATH February 8th, 1885 • Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, United States of America • Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, United States of America

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. And as a thank you, you will receive a Special Thanks credit on this episode for your help! 

I look forward to hearing from you!

All the best,
Researcher, Finding Your Roots

I was able to get the information she wanted. She could not tell me who the celebrity is, but will let us know when the show airs.

April 1st update

Our office is still closed. The office is inside the Fort Dodge Public Library. They have not been told when they will reopen.So.

I have finished doing research with Dave Peterson from Boxholm. Research was done on his mothers Guth/Good side.Working on research for Glenn Stark, for his wife’s side. The last name is Munech,and variations in the 1700’s. . I did find a free site in Germany. I asked them for assistance, but they don’t do that. .Research for Jason Roskup, looking for a birth certificate for April 1915 for Mary Roskup/Roskopf. Could not find a brith certificate, but did find a baptism record for her.Research for David Mathias, looking for a death cert for George Hutchinson for 1908.I could not find one. I refered him to the free Advantage Preservation Newspapers for Webster County and the free site,

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Stay safe. Susan M. Olson, President