Photographs are one of the best parts of family research. By exploring your history you will often find old photos that have been shared online at sites such as or This photo, from the 1950s, is not identified. If you know any of the people or can identify the place, please contact us.

This is a screenshot of one of our best ancestry tools, Legacy Family Tree, which you can use for free in the Genealogy Room.

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We’re here to help research your ancestry

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

March 27, 2024

If you are interested in starting a journey into your family history, the volunteers at the Webb City Area Genealogical Society can help you get started. Our research room is located on the third floor of the Webb City Library and we have a wealth of resources to utilize.

Our vast collection includes high school annuals from area towns, local cemetery books, city directories and telephone books, maps, newspapers spanning over 100 years and much more.

The WCAGS was organized in 1990 and continues to serve the community, preserving family and local community history. Over the years, volunteers have read newspapers on microfilm and created a reference card catalog of area births, deaths and marriages. We also have subscriptions to online resources such as, Fold 3 (military records), and that are available for your use.

For more information, you may email us at, call (417) 673-0398 or drop in for a visit. Hours are Monday-Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our address is Webb City Public Library, 101 S. Liberty St., Webb City, MO 64870.

One of the most important tools used for genealogical research is a program to organize your family tree. Legacy Family Tree is a program that is used by some of our members. It allows the researcher to chart their family tree with spaces for individuals to record births, deaths, marriages and children. There is a free version available for download that is perfect for compiling your research.

This photograph of an unknown family was taken by E.E. Spracklen, who operated a photography studio in Webb City.

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

WCAGS members staff the Genealogy Room on the third floor of the Webb City Public Library. Current hours are noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the Genealogy Room.

Everything you want to know about Jasper County Missouri Schools is available at a site compiled by Webb City Area Genealogical Society member Kathy Sidenstricker.