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Guide to Pottawattamie County Iowa 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


County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1848--Pottawattamie County was created 21 September 1848 from unorganized territory. County seat: Founded as Kanesville; renamed Council Bluffs 19 January 1953. [1] [2]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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.[3][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[edit | edit source]

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

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

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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. 

Findagrave:


Interment.net:

Church[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Council Bluffs
  • Council Bluffs Dist
  • Council Point
  • Lake
  • Pottawatomie
  • Shirtses
  • Union
Lutheran[edit | edit source]

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[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. 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 [edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

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

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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


Probate[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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 [edit | edit source]

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.


Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society files: "Important Dates in Council Bluffs History" (transcribed by Rootsweb). Online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iapcgs/CBimportantdates.html
  3. 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
  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. 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
  6. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at 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).