Annotated Record of the United States Federal Census, Iowa, Pottawattamie County, 1850

The 1850 Census for Pottawattamie County identifies individuals from 109 settlements and 1742 households that were established in Iowa up and down the Missouri river at the time of the 1847 exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois and other Mormon towns. These individuals formed small communities and waited for their times to cross the plains to the west. About two thirds of the church members had crossed into the Utah territory by 1950 and one third were still in these settlements. Many individuals left in 1850 and by 1852 almost everyone who was going to go west did. But in the meantime there were community businesses and staging areas where people could get equipped to go along west.

Records from Pottawattamie County, Iowa, in the 1850 US census are expanded with additional information about each individual, found in other sources. Typical data includes birthdate, birthplace, death date, death place, children's and spouses' names, and marriage dates and places. Additional biographical notes are provided in many cases, and outside sources are identified.

Nearly four years in the making, this rich data collection was extracted and annotated by Harvey and Susan Black, Sarah Allen and Rebecca Allen. Listen to Harvey and Susan Black talk about the data.