Webster County, Iowa Genealogy

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Guide to Webster County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Webster County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Webster County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1851
County Seat Fort Dodge
Iowa, Webster County Courthouse.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Daniel Webster, an American statesman. The County has Fort Dodge as its seat and the County was created 1851. The County is located in the central area of the state. [1]

Webster County, Iowa Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1876 1853 1860 1860 1856 1855 1847
Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths Jan 1891. General compliance by 1924.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1851--Webster County was created 15 January 1851 from Yell and Risley Counties. The named changed to Webster County 22 January 1853.  County seat: Fort Dodge [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps" (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Boone • Calhoun • Greene • Hamilton • Humboldt • Pocahontas • Wright

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
IAGenWeb, Webster County Cemeteries WorldCat Billion Graves
Iowa Gravestone Photo Project FamilySearch Places
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 2,504
1870 10,484 318.7%
1880 15,951 52.1%
1890 21,582 35.3%
1900 31,757 47.1%
1910 34,629 9.0%
1920 37,611 8.6%
1930 40,425 7.5%
1940 41,521 2.7%
1950 44,241 6.6%
1960 47,810 8.1%
1970 48,391 1.2%
1980 45,953 −5.0%
1990 40,342 −12.2%
2000 40,235 −0.3%
2010 38,013 −5.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records. List of Churches and Church Parishes

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Badger Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge

  • Records of the Badger Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Callender, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Fort Dodge

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Webster County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Webster County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. They include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Iowa Land and Property for information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, transactions were usually recorded and housed at the county courthouse.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Webster County, Iowa Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Iowa Local Histories.

  • Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Webster and Hamilton Counties, Iowa. Chicago, IL, USA: Lewis Publishing, 1888. Ancestry.com

Maps[edit | edit source]

Pocahontas CountyHumboldt CountyWright CountyCalhoun CountyGreene CountyBoone CountyHamilton CountyIA WEBSTER.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Webster County, Iowa Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

In most counties in Iowa, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Iowa tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. Iowa's unique Old Age Assistance tax gives names, addresses and birth years. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded by civil officials on registers, certificates, and other documents. Copies or extracts may be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office. See also Iowa Vital Records.

Births[edit | edit source]
Marriages[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Webster County (Iowa) Genealogical Society
Fort Dodge Public Library
424 Central Avenue
Room 134
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
E-mail: webcoiagenies@gmail.com

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Catalog

Webster County, Iowa Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Webster, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster_County,_Iowa."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Webster County, Iowa. Page 230-238 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 222-225.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Webster County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster_County%2C_Iowa, accessed 3 November 2019.