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

Do not request research on this site. Please email your requests to our email,

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 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We are closed certain holidays or if there is inclement weather. Please call ahead. There are some days that we don’t have a volunteer available. Our number is 515-302-9854. This phone is not in the office. It is with a member. Please leave a message or you may also use our email: ahead of time to make an appointment.

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, one is coin-operated and also cost 25 cents per page. The other is the newest, you are able to save pages to your flash drive. 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 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.

2 thoughts on “Research

  1. I have been going through my mom’s old photos and came across this. As a genealogist, I savor at the thought of a puzzle to be solved, but in a short while I was blank.
    Is there a way I can send you the photo as an attachment?
    FRONT: older woman holding little girl, and standing is slightly older boy. Can’t date it; coUld be from 1910-1940
    BACK: “Grandma Porter with Ruth and Ralph.” written by unknown
    below, printed by the photographer: “Fort Dodge Iowa”
    Did grandma live near Ft Dodge?
    Did the kids?
    Did thew kids live with grandma? I’ll assume the kids’ names are PORTER, too, otherwise they would have been mentioned.
    This isn’t a ‘research project’; I’m not asking anyone to go to any trouble, but I do savor genealogical mysteries, and I wonder if anyone there does, too.
    I could go look for the cardboard holder the photo was in. I wonder if that photographer’s files, negatives and records have been kept. Maybe the photo could be dated by when that photographer operated?
    Jerry D. Moore Novato CA
    p.s. We’re from Moline, Beloit WI, Sterling and Dixon IL., and I have no knowledge of anyone near Ft Dodge, except some family in Sac City.

    • Our email is With your permission, we could post the photo and information on our website and share on social media, including Facebook groups for returning family photos to family members (you have the option to share “digital only”).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.