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Guide to '''Pottawattamie County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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{{Click|Image:IA_ORP.png|Iowa Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Pottawattamie County
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| state = Iowa
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| founded year = 1848
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| founded date = September 21
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| seat = Council Bluffs
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== County Courthouse ==
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=== County Information ===
  
== History  ==
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==== Pottawattamie County, Iowa Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 225-231. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1848
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1840
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1849
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1846
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1848--'''Pottawattamie County was created 21 September 1848 from unorganized territory. '''County seat:''' Founded as Kanesville; renamed Council Bluffs 19 January 1953. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <ref name="PCGS">''Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society files: "Important Dates in Council Bluffs History" (transcribed by Rootsweb). Online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iapcgs/CBimportantdates.html</ref>  
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'''1848--'''Pottawattamie County was created 21 September 1848 from unorganized territory. '''County seat:''' Founded as Kanesville; renamed Council Bluffs 19 January 1953. <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <ref name="PCGS">''Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society files: "Important Dates in Council Bluffs History" (transcribed by Rootsweb). Online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iapcgs/CBimportantdates.html</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
Apparently the new county, covering over 5,000 sq. miles, once included nearly all of Iowa's Missouri River drainage between the southern halves of what are now Monona and Crawford Counties and the northern edge of Fremont, Page, Taylor, and Ringgold Counties. The following counties were completely formed from within this expanse: Harrison, Shelby, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, and Adams; most of Audubon, along with portions of Union, Adair, Guthrie, Carroll, Crawford, and Monona Counties were also part of Pottawattamie County until 1851.<ref name="IA cf maps 1848">FamilyHistory101.com: "Iowa County Formation Maps"; interactive map of county formation and organization (select 1848). Online at http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/ia_cf.html</ref><ref name="IA rivers">Geology.com: "Iowa State Map Collection" (includes rivers map with current county lines overlaid). Online at http://geology.com/state-map/iowa.shtml</ref> However, the area near Mt. Pisgah was never in Pottawattamie County. Iowa's legislature gave the eastern half of today's Union County to Clarke County in 1846, then shrank both Clarke and neighboring Lucas County in 1847 (before either county became functional). As a result, the Mt. Pisgah community and cemetery were in a non-county area until Union County was formed in 1851 and organized in 1853.<ref name="IA cf maps 1851">FamilyHistory101.com: "Iowa County Formation Maps"; interactive map of county formation and organization (select 1851). Online at http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/ia_cf.html</ref>  
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For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps"] (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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Apparently the new county, covering over 5,000 sq. miles, once included nearly all of Iowa's Missouri River drainage between the southern halves of what are now Monona and Crawford Counties and the northern edge of Fremont, Page, Taylor, and Ringgold Counties. The following counties were completely formed from within this expanse: Harrison, Shelby, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, and Adams; most of Audubon, along with portions of Union, Adair, Guthrie, Carroll, Crawford, and Monona Counties were also part of Pottawattamie County until 1851.<ref name="IA rivers">Geology.com: "Iowa State Map Collection" (includes rivers map with current county lines overlaid). Online at http://geology.com/state-map/iowa.shtml</ref> However, the area near Mt. Pisgah was never in Pottawattamie County. Iowa's legislature gave the eastern half of today's Union County to Clarke County in 1846, then shrank both Clarke and neighboring Lucas County in 1847 (before either county became functional). As a result, the Mt. Pisgah community and cemetery were in a non-county area until Union County was formed in 1851 and organized in 1853.<ref name="IA cf maps 1851">MapofUS.org: "Iowa County Formation Maps"; interactive map of county formation and organization (select 1851). Online at http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/</ref>  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
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== Places/Localities  ==
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Cass County, Iowa|Cass]] | [[Harrison County, Iowa|Harrison]] | [[Mills County, Iowa|Mills]] | [[Montgomery County, Iowa|Montgomery]] | [[Shelby County, Iowa|Shelby]] | [[Douglas County, Nebraska|Douglas County, Nebraska]] | [[Sarpy County, Nebraska|Sarpy County, Nebraska]]  
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[[Cass County, Iowa Genealogy|Cass]]{{•}} [[Harrison County, Iowa Genealogy|Harrison]]{{•}} [[Mills County, Iowa Genealogy|Mills]]{{•}} [[Montgomery County, Iowa Genealogy|Montgomery]]{{•}} [[Shelby County, Iowa Genealogy|Shelby]]{{•}} [[Douglas County, Nebraska Genealogy|Douglas County, Nebraska]]{{•}} [[Sarpy County, Nebraska Genealogy|Sarpy County, Nebraska]]  
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<center>{{IAPottawattamie County, Iowa Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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=== Resources  ===
  
== Resources ==
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==== Cemeteries ====
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=14&GScnty=624&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|349777|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=14&CScnty=624 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iagenweb.org/pottawattamie/cemeteries.htm IAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Pottawattamie+Iowa&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Iowa&county=Pottawattamie&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/pottawatamie/cemetery.html IAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/iowa/pottawattamie.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iowagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?cid=78 Iowa Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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Cemeteries, grouped by search site.&nbsp; Information on search sites may vary from site to site, but usually at least has the name, most will have dates, and some will include epitaphs and other information.&nbsp; Some include photos, some do not.&nbsp; Indexing of headstone data and locations will also vary, completeness of coverage of any particular cemetery may also vary.  
 
Cemeteries, grouped by search site.&nbsp; Information on search sites may vary from site to site, but usually at least has the name, most will have dates, and some will include epitaphs and other information.&nbsp; Some include photos, some do not.&nbsp; Indexing of headstone data and locations will also vary, completeness of coverage of any particular cemetery may also vary.  
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=136295 Wheeler Grove Cemetery, Carson Iowa]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=136295 Wheeler Grove Cemetery, Carson Iowa]
  
Findagrave:  
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==== Census  ====
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''''' US Census '''''
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3208 Iowa, Pottawattamie County, Annotated Record of US Census, 1850] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
<br> Interment.net: <br>
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'''''State Census'''''
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*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1803957|Iowa State Census, 1895}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|2126961|Iowa State Census, 1905}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1915''' - {{RecordSearch|2240483|Iowa State Census, 1915}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1925''' - {{RecordSearch|2224537|Iowa State Census. 1925}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{IA Church Intro}}
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===== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  =====
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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*Shirtses  
 
*Shirtses  
 
*Union
 
*Union
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'''Council Bluffs'''
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*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
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'''St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Neola'''
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*Records of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Neola, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
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'''Underwood'''
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*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Underwood, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{IA Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories&nbsp;  ====
 
==== Local Histories&nbsp;  ====
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{{IA History}}
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*''History of Pottawattami County, Iowa, from the earliest historic times to 1907.'' By Homer H. Field and Joseph R. Reed. Chicago&nbsp;: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1907. '''Online at:''' Vol. 1 {{FSbook|3648360}}, [http://books.google.com/books/about/History_of_Pottawattamie_County_Iowa.html?id=f1Q0AQAAMAAJ Google Books], Vol. 2 {{FSbook|3648348}}, [https://archive.org/details/historyofpottawa02fiel Interner Archive]; {{WorldCat|866519826|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa&nbsp;: containing a history from the earliest settlement to the present time... biographical sketches.'' Chicago&nbsp;: O. L. Baskin, 1883. '''Online at:''' {{FSbook|1018963}}, [https://archive.org/details/historyofpottawa00keat Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=I4YUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PP2&lpg=PP2&dq=History+of+Pottawattamie+County,+Iowa+:+containing+a+history+from+the+earliest+settlement+to+the+present+time...+biographical+sketches&source=bl&ots=pemD_IlYTh&sig=FeASxi2nzHa3-vhjdbX3l4LKH7c&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Ie98VPeKEu_vigLqmID4Bw&ved=0CD0Q6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=History%20of%20Pottawattamie%20County%2C%20Iowa%20%3A%20containing%20a%20history%20from%20the%20earliest%20settlement%20to%20the%20present%20time...%20biographical%20sketches&f=false Google Books]; {{WorldCat|20987798|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Mormons at the Missouri, 1846-1852&nbsp;: "And should we die. . .".'' By Richard E. Bennett. Norman, Oklahoma&nbsp;: University of Oklahoma Press, c1987. '''Online at:''' {{FSbook|928071}}; {{WorldCat|799284344|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Iowa]
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
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:*[[Oregon Trail]] 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon<ref>Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in ''Oregon Trail Landmarks'' at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap1.jpg  (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
 
:*[[Oregon Trail]] 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon<ref>Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in ''Oregon Trail Landmarks'' at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap1.jpg  (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
 
:*[[California Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California<ref>"Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
 
:*[[California Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California<ref>"Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
:*[[Mormon Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah<ref>"The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in ''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'' at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
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:*[[Mormon Trail]] 1846 to 1869 from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah<ref>"The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in ''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'' at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
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:*[https://history.lds.org/place/pioneer-story-council-bluffs?lang=eng Mormon Pioneer Trail - Council Bluffs]
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:*[http://history.lds.org/overlandtravels/searchPage?lang=eng Individuals in Mormon pioneer Overland travel]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1861 - 1949''' - {{RecordSearch|2351982|Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== Civil War  =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company B
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:- [[15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company H
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:- [[17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company H
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:- [[23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry|23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company E
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:- [[29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry|29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry]], Company A
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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{{IA Newspaper abstracts|Pottawattamie}}
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*'''''Council Bluffs Nonpareil.''''' 1936, 1943-50, and 1952-56. Council Bluffs, IA, USA. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8290 Ancestry.com] ($)
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1758 - 1997''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9064 Iowa Wills and Probate Records 1758-1997] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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{{IA Probate Intro|Pottawattamie}}
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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==== Vital&nbsp;Records&nbsp; ====
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{{IA Tax Intro}}
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==== Vital Records  ====
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{{IA Vital Intro}}
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=====Births=====
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*'''1850-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|2527591|Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=====Marriages=====
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*'''1838-1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1805551|Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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=====Deaths=====
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*'''1850-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|1674841|Iowa, Deaths and Burials 1850-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch]
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*'''1880-1992''' - {{RecordSearch|2110820|Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index<br>
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*'''1921-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|2531337|Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society Library: This Library is down the street from the Council Bluffs Public Library. Among other things, they have an obituary index for the local papers. You can contact them via their Email address which is given on their webpage.
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'''Botna Valley Genealogical Society (East Pottawattamie)'''<br>P.O. Box 693<br>Oakland, IA 51560-0693<br>E-mail: [mailto:botnavalleygenealogy@yahoo.com botnavalleygenealogy@yahoo.com]<br>[http://stmaryavoca.tripod.com/bvgs/index.html Website]<br>
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'''Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society'''<br>Frontier Heritage Library<br>622 Fourth Street<br>P.O. Box 394<br>Council Bluffs, IA 51502-0394<br>Telephone:712-325-9368<br>E-mail: [mailto:pcgs@pcgs.omhcoxmail.com pcgs@pcgs.omhcoxmail.com]<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iapcgs/?cj=1&sid=RootsWeb&netid=cj&o_xid=0007727563&o_lid=0007727563&o_sch=Affiliate+External Website]
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'''Walnut Genealogy Society'''<br>Walnut Public Library Genealogy Room<br>224 Antique City Drive<br>P.O. Box 493<br>Walnut, Iowa 51577-0493<br>Telephone:712-784-3533<br>E-mail: [mailto:wgs@walnutel.net wgs@walnutel.net ]<br>[http://www.walnutiowa.org/pView.aspx?id=1655&catid=2 Website]
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'''Council Bluffs Public Library'''<br>Genealogy Department<br>400 Willow Ave.<br>Council Bluffs, IA 51503<br>Telephone:712-323-7553<br>E-mail: [mailto:cbplref@cbpl.lib.ia.us cbplref@cbpl.lib.ia.us]<br>[http://www.cbpl.lib.ia.us Website]<br>
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Cedar Rapids Iowa Family History Center]]  
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*{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Council Bluff Iowa Family History Center]]
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*[[Cedar Rapids Iowa Family History Center]]3008 Pleasant Dr Cedar Falls IA 50613 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=2303+Butler+St+Council+Bluffs+IA+51503&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x8793838ddaa0b385%3A0xc7fbfeb1ca21b345!3m8!1m3!1d3477!2d-95.805717!3d41.2395009!3m2!1i1350!2i890!4f13.1!4m2!3d41.2395009!4d-95.805717 Location Map]
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*[[Council Bluff Iowa Family History Center]] 2303 Butler St Council Bluffs IA 51503 [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=2303+Butler+St+Council+Bluffs+IA+51503+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x8793838ddaa0b385%3A0xc7fbfeb1ca21b345!3m8!1m3!1d3500!2d-92.8575421!3d40.807305!3m2!1i1350!2i890!4f13.1!4m2!3d41.2395009!4d-95.805717 Location Map]
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowahistory.org/search.html?q=Pottawattamie+county&btnG=Search+%C2%BB State Historical Society of Iowa]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "pottawattamie county" placed in search box
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowaheritage.org/items/browse?search=Pottawattamie+county&submit_search=Search+All The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection]
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| width="60%" | digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "pottawattamie county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://publications.iowa.gov/cgi/search/simple?q=pottawattamie+county&_action_search=Search&_order=-byyear%2Fbytitle&basic_srchtype=ALL&_satisfyall=ALL State Library of Iowa]
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| width="60%" | electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "pottawattamie county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://iagenweb.org/pottawattamie/ IAGenWeb]
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/pottawatamie/pottawat.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://genealogytrails.com/iowa/pottawattamie/ genealogytrails.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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|-
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1821206] [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2110820][https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1805551] FamilySearch
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
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|}
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/IA/Pottawattamie/ RootsWeb Resources]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Pottawattamie/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ia/counties/pottawattamie/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://ldsgenealogy.com/IA/Pottawattamie-County.htm Pottawattamie County IA at LDS Genealogy]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/iowa/pottawattamie-county/ StateofUS.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
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== Web Sites  ==
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFF66" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Iowa, Pottawattamie|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=pottawattamie+county+iowa&dblist=638&fq=s0%3A28000000&qt=facet_s0%3A WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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| width="30%" | [http://alpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/genealogy/search/results?qu=Pottawatamie+County+Iowa&te=ILS Allen County Public Library]
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| located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>'''See also''' [[{{PAGENAME}}#Societies_and_Libraries|local libraries]] and [[Iowa Archives and Libraries]]</center>
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~iapcgs/ Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society]  
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*[http://iagenweb.org/pottawattamie/ Pottawattamie County -- USGenWeb]
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*[http://www.lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/12_Council_Bluffs.html Mormon Pioneer Trail -- Council Bluffs]  
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*{{FHL|Iowa%2C+Pottawattamie|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysearch/ Mormon Pioneer Companies]  
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| width="30%" | [http://geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ GeneaBloggers]  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Pottawattamie/ Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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| width="70%" | enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
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| width="30%" | [https://plus.google.com/s/iowa%20genealogy Google+]
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
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| width="30" | [https://www.facebook.com/search/more/?q=iowa%20genealogy&sid=0.10269487418482515 Facebook]  
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
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| width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ia/pottawattamie genealogy.com]  
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| width="70%" | Pottawattamie County, IA Genealogy Forum
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| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.iowa.counties.pottawattamie/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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| width="70%" | Pottawattamie County Message Board
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Latest revision as of 21:12, 23 August 2017

United States
Iowa
Pottawattamie County

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

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Pottawattamie County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Pottawattamie County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded September 21, 1848
County Seat Council Bluffs
Courthouse
IowaPottawattamieCourthouse.jpg


County Information

Pottawattamie County, Iowa Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1848 1880 1840 1849 1846

County Courthouse

History

Parent County

1848--Pottawattamie County was created 21 September 1848 from unorganized territory. County seat: Founded as Kanesville; renamed Council Bluffs 19 January 1953. [2] [3]

Boundary Changes

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.

Apparently the new county, covering over 5,000 sq. miles, once included nearly all of Iowa's Missouri River drainage between the southern halves of what are now Monona and Crawford Counties and the northern edge of Fremont, Page, Taylor, and Ringgold Counties. The following counties were completely formed from within this expanse: Harrison, Shelby, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, and Adams; most of Audubon, along with portions of Union, Adair, Guthrie, Carroll, Crawford, and Monona Counties were also part of Pottawattamie County until 1851.[4] However, the area near Mt. Pisgah was never in Pottawattamie County. Iowa's legislature gave the eastern half of today's Union County to Clarke County in 1846, then shrank both Clarke and neighboring Lucas County in 1847 (before either county became functional). As a result, the Mt. Pisgah community and cemetery were in a non-county area until Union County was formed in 1851 and organized in 1853.[5]

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Cass • Harrison • Mills • Montgomery • Shelby • Douglas County, Nebraska • Sarpy County, Nebraska

Pottawattamie CountyCass CountyAdams CountyMontgomery CountyMills CountyHarrison CountyShelby CountyAudubon CountyGuthrie CountyAdair CountyTaylor CountyPage CountyFremont CountyMonona CountyCrawford CountyCarroll CountyGreene CountyBurt CountyWashington CountyDouglas CountySarpy CountyCass CountySaunders CountyDodge CountyIAPottawattamie.JPG

Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
IAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
IAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Iowa Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.

Cemeteries, grouped by search site.  Information on search sites may vary from site to site, but usually at least has the name, most will have dates, and some will include epitaphs and other information.  Some include photos, some do not.  Indexing of headstone data and locations will also vary, completeness of coverage of any particular cemetery may also vary.

BillionGraves.com. 

Census

US Census

State Census

Church

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Council Bluffs
  • Council Bluffs Dist
  • Council Point
  • Lake
  • Pottawatomie
  • Shirtses
  • Union
Lutheran

Council Bluffs

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

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Neola

  • Records of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Neola, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Underwood

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

Court

Land

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

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


Local Histories 

Local histories are available for Pottawattamie 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.


Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy:

- 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
- 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 29th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A

Newspapers

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


  • Council Bluffs Nonpareil. 1936, 1943-50, and 1952-56. Council Bluffs, IA, USA. Online at: Ancestry.com ($)

Probate

Online Probate 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.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Iowa - Pottawattamie - Probate records.


Taxation

Iowa tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Tax lists were usually made every year, however, there may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also How to order Iowa Vital Records or order electronically online.

Births
Marriages
Deaths

Societies and Libraries

Botna Valley Genealogical Society (East Pottawattamie)
P.O. Box 693
Oakland, IA 51560-0693
E-mail: botnavalleygenealogy@yahoo.com
Website

Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society
Frontier Heritage Library
622 Fourth Street
P.O. Box 394
Council Bluffs, IA 51502-0394
Telephone:712-325-9368
E-mail: pcgs@pcgs.omhcoxmail.com
Website

Walnut Genealogy Society
Walnut Public Library Genealogy Room
224 Antique City Drive
P.O. Box 493
Walnut, Iowa 51577-0493
Telephone:712-784-3533
E-mail: wgs@walnutel.net
Website

Council Bluffs Public Library
Genealogy Department
400 Willow Ave.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Telephone:712-323-7553
E-mail: cbplref@cbpl.lib.ia.us
Website

Family History Centers

  • Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy
State Historical Society of Iowa Free list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "pottawattamie county" placed in search box
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection Free digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "pottawattamie county" in the search box
State Library of Iowa Free electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "pottawattamie county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
genealogytrails.com Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
[1] [2][3] FamilySearch Free Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
Sites that search for links pertaining to Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy
RootsWeb Resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Pottawattamie County IA at LDS Genealogy Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
See also local libraries and Iowa Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy
GeneaBloggers enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
Google+ list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
Facebook list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
genealogy.com Pottawattamie County, IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Pottawattamie County Message Board

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 225-231. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society files: "Important Dates in Council Bluffs History" (transcribed by Rootsweb). Online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iapcgs/CBimportantdates.html
  4. Geology.com: "Iowa State Map Collection" (includes rivers map with current county lines overlaid). Online at http://geology.com/state-map/iowa.shtml
  5. MapofUS.org: "Iowa County Formation Maps"; interactive map of county formation and organization (select 1851). Online at http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/
  6. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap1.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).
  7. "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).
  8. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).