Council Bluffs Iowa Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:


  • 2303 Butler St., Council Bluffs IA 51503 United States
  • Cross Street - Greenview Rd.
  • Language:  English


  • 1-712-309-0172



Hours of Operation:

  • Wednesdays:  7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thursdays:   6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Holiday Schedule:

Closed Holidays or when the weather closes the Omaha/Council Bluffs school systems.  

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

  • Groups welcome.
  • Special classes available upon request.

Class Schedule

Staff Training Meetings

Center Resources


  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Bert Eugene McKeeman Navy Mothers Club 282 of Council Bluffs Iowa:  Seven (7) record books belonging to this Club were left with the Center because nobody wanted them and only 2 members of the club were left.  The first record book has a beautifully hand-tooled cover.  These books begin in 1942 and go untill a little after 2000.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. 

Hardware and Equipment

  • Four computers with wide screens
  • Two multi-tasking printers (prints, copys, scans to computer, etc.)
  • One digital imaging system (reads microfilm and microfiche)

Center Services

Our friendly, courteous staff is here to assist you in locating your ancestors, and to provide training on our equipment and databases.

Resources in the Local Area

Genealogical Societies:

Pottawattamie County Iowa Genealogical Society and the Fronier Heritage Library:

Greater Omaha Genealogical Society:


Council Bluffs Iowa Public Library:

Omaha Nebraska Public Library:

Other Family History Centers:

Atlantic Iowa:

Logan Iowa:

Omaha Nebraska:

Papillion Nebraska:

Shenandoah Iowa:


Council Bluffs Iowa Wikipedia Page:,_Iowa

Pottawatamie County Iowa Wiki Page:,_Iowa

Iowa History Wiki Page:

Iowa Cemeteries Wiki Page:

How to Find Iowa Birth Records Wiki Page:

How to Find Iowa Marriage Records Wiki Page:

How to Find Iowa Death Records Wiki Page:

Iowa Online Genealogy Records:

Mormon Trail Wiki Page: Wiki Page:

Volunteer at the Center

Volunteers are needed for all shifts!