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Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau - A guide to places to stay and things to do while visiting Council Bluffs.

Council Bluffs, Iowa - A guide for the visitor to our fair city.

Pottawattamie County 1891 Biographical History - A Who's Who of Pottawattamie County, circa 1891.

Other State and County Sites:

Visit one of our Pottawattamie County Neighbors:

Cass County, Iowa
Harrison County, Iowa
Mills County, Iowa
Shelby County, Iowa

Charter-Pierce - This site contains Polk County burials, including Oak Grove.

Historical Society of Pottawattamie County

Travel Iowa - A resource of things to do, places to go and where to stay while you're visiting Iowa.  A free guidebook will be sent to you when you visit this site.

Iowa Genealogy Resources:

Visit the Bureau of Vital Records at the Iowa Dept. of Public Health's web site.

Genealogy Buff-IA - Obituaries for Benton, Beuna Vista, Cedar, Crawford, Hardin, Jones, Lyon, Mahaska, Osceola, Sioux, Union, Washington, and Webster Counties.

Iowa Biographies Project - Bios of famous, infamous and not so famous Iowans.

Iowa Genealogy Links - at Cyndi's List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet (over 70 links)

IOWA-ROOTS - Discussions of genealogical and historical research in Iowa.   The e-mail address for postings is To subscribe, send the command:  SUB IOWA-ROOTS as the "message" of an e-mail to

"Saar's Field" Cemetery - Oak Township, Mills County.  The first burials at Plumer Settlement were made here before the new cemetery was made across the road from Salem Lutheran Church.

Sources of Genealogical Information in Iowa at Everton's Genealogical Helper.

State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries (SAPIC)

State Historical Society of Iowa

National and LDS Genealogical Resources

Family History Centers and Library - locations and planning your trip.

LDS Family History Network - Information regarding the massive amount of Genealogical data that the Church of the Latter Day Saints has collected in Salt Lake, UT and distributed to Family History Centers across the country.

Library of Congress,The - Local History -- Genealogy Reading Room

NARA or National Archives and Records Administration distributes Aids for Genealogical Research, a free publications catalog that describes NARA's three most important genealogical holdings--census, military, and immigration and passenger records. NARA has mail-order forms, genealogy workshops and courses, and lists its 13 regional archives.

USGenWeb Project,The - Check out information in other states.

Other Useful Genealogical Resources

Alcatraz - This site has a list of all the prisoners who passed through Alcatraz Prison. - One of the internet's leading sites for genealogy research, announced the exclusive online availability of a 35 million name index to state and federal census records dating from 1790 to 1870.

Ancient Faces - Entirely free visual genealogy exchange.  Thousands of photos scanned and uploaded so that others searching their family trees can place faces with the names of their ancestors.

Andersonville Prison:   You can learn the history of the Confederate prison at Andersonville and also search their roles for your ancestors.

Buffalo Barracks Historical Web Site, The - Search the Descriptive and Historical Register of Enlisted Soldiers in the U. S. Army who served "At Buffalo" between 1835 and 1846.  Every pre-Civil War state was well represented at this short lived federal military post.  Many soldiers had come from England, Germany, Ireland and Scotland and honorably served the U. S. Army in the Florida Indian Wars, the War with Mexico and then the American Civil War.

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum - Stereoviews, engravings, maps and documents illustrating the history of the first transcontinental railroad.

Census Finder - A directory of census records for the US, UK and Canada along with helpful information about census and genealogy research.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) - Lists some of the men who fought in the War Between the States.

Civil War Photos - Search for pictures of ancestors who served in the Civil War.

Cyndi's List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet - A Must See Site! with over 11,000 links, categorized and cross-referenced, in over 60 categories.

Doak, Nancy Trip to Germany   Ever wonder what it would be like to take a three week trip to Germany? Read PCGS member Nancy Doak's fascinating and detailed account of her and her husband Jeff's trip in the fall of 2013.

Deciphering Old Handwriting - A guide to help you read what they wrote.

Ellis Island - The Ellis Island database is now live and supposed to contain everyone who passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924.  At this time, it is highly popular and can be difficult to access.

Family Genealogy and History Internet Education Directory - Professional worldwide humanities and social sciences mega portal, connected directly to thousands of related sub-sets, with billions of primary or secondary database family history and genealogy records.

Family Tree Maker - The site of one of the most popular genealogy softwares available.  They have links to sites and a surname index among other things.

Fehmarn Genealogy - Many of us have ancestors from the island of Fehmarn in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.  This site is dedicated to them.

Genealogist's Index to the World Wide Web, The - Hosted by John Rigdon, where the queries and databases are indexed for the entire USGenWeb project.

Genealogy Database - Tons of new Federal Census information.

Genealogy Home Page, The - hosted by Stephen Woods - A good list of links and resources including What's New (and Really New) in WWW Genealogy Pages. contains over 115 million names from census records, marriage records, social security death records, actual family trees, and more.

Genealogy Journeys in Time - hosted by Curt and Bonnie Strawn-Miller. Links and E-Mail Research.

German Ancestors back to the Middle Ages - There are 23,876 individuals and 10,023 families representing 6,682 surnames in this database.

German Migration Resource Center - Worldwide exchange of information about German emigrants and immigrants.

Hamburg Genealogy - A new and continually growing site for anyone whose ancestors emigrated through Hamburg, Germany.

Historical Maps - This site has historical county maps for all states.

Irish Genealogical Society International - A great site for tracing your Irish ancestry.

LDS SITE - One of the best sites on the web.  It's directly linked to the LDS library in Salt Lake City.

Mankind's A to Z of Regional Genealogy and Local History Research - This Internet site demographically catalogs the people of the world, who live upon and share this planet Earth. Total ethnic group populations are combined with regions having significant ethnic populations, thus allowing global consideration of migration patterns over generations of time.

Native American Genealogy - A list of sites and links that trace the genealogy of Native Americans.

New England Historic Genealogical Society

Poorhouse Story, The - A clearinghouse of information about 19th Century American poorhouses.

Records Searcher - A list of links to various genealogy record sites.

Photos from SW Iowa - Includes Pottawattamie and Harrison Counties. Includes surnames: Bateman, Clark, Donnelson, Ferris, Ford, Jensen, Johnson, Winchester, Wright.

Research Skills - Here is a site for genealogists to hone their research skills.

Roots-L - The first and largest genealogical mailing list.

Rootsweb - The RootsWeb project has two missions: 1) To make large volumes of data available to the online genealogical community at minimal cost. and 2) To provide support services to online genealogical activities such as USENET newsgroup moderation, mailing list maintenance, surname list generation, etc.

RSL - Roots Surname List Name Finder - Type in a surname, hit enter, and a list of people researching that surname will be returned.

Southern Trails - This site has a list of maps, mostly of the U.S. South

Tiger Mapping Service - Sponsored by the U. S. Bureau of the Census.  The goal of this service is to provide a public resource for generating high-quality, detailed maps of anywhere in the United States, using public geographic data.