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.

Council Bluffs Iowa Family History Center

Welcome to the Family History Center in Council Bluffs Iowa.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:


  • 2303 Butler St., Council Bluffs, IA 51503
  • 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 am - 3:00 pm

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.
  • Patrons' Microfiche Collection -- a collection of fiche ordered by our patrons, assorted titles. Contain family histories, vital records, and other types of information.
  • Indefinite Film Collection -- a collection of films on a variety of subjects, to include vital records, county records, court records, etc.
  • Book Collection: --
  • 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 until 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

  • 4 computers with wide screens
  • 2 multi-tasking printers (prints, copies, scans to computer, etc.)
  • 1 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:


Other nearby Family History Centers:


Volunteer at the Center

Volunteers are needed for all shifts! It's a great way to help others and to learn by doing. You need not be an expert. Ability to use a computer and willingness to become familiar with the FamilySearch website and resources are key. Contact the Stake TFH Consultant - center at the telephone or e-mail listed above for more information.