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Iowa was officially part of Missouri Territory from 1812-1821. Between 1824 and 1834 it was considered to be unorganized Territory and between 1836 and 1838, it was part of  Wisconsin Territory. In 1838, the area became The Territory of Iowa and finally achieved statehood in 1846. These facts can come into play when searching for ancestors in census records. See 1838-1870 Iowa Census Records at Ancestry.

1847 Sac & Fox Indian Census. These census rolls are special enumerations. These might prove helpful if your ancestor is of Native American heritage or lived with Native Americans. These are available for years 1836-1840 and 1847. See Sac & Fox Rolls at NARA.

The 1836 census of Dubuque and Des Moines Counties is the first census taken after the area became Iowa Territory. See 1836 Iowa Census Records at Ancestry.

Iowa State Census records have survived for 1841, 1844, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1851, 1852, 1853, 1854, 1856, 1859, 1862, 1867, 1869, 1881, 1885, 1889, 1895, 1905, 1915, and 1925 which was the last Iowa State Census taken.  The 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915 and 1925 Iowa state censuses enumerated all counties, however earlier censuses were spotty, incomplete or offered only statistical information.  See 1836-1925 Iowa State Census Records Collection at Ancestry and for more about Iowa State Census Records See Iowa State Census Information.

Soundex code indexes for Federal Iowa census records are available on microfilm for census years: 1880, 1900, and 1920.

Federal Iowa census records begin in 1840 and enumerations were taken ever 10 years thereafter.  Census years available to the public include: 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.

1890 Federal Iowa Census records  including the special Veterans and Widows Census were completely destroyed by a 1921 warehouse fire.  See A Fire Destroyed The 1890 Census & Bridging the 1890 Census Gap,

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Iowa Vital Records

Iowa Dept. of Public Health

Bureau of Health Statistics

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321 E. 12th St., 1st Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

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Birth, Death and Marriage records at the Iowa Dept. of Public Health begin in 1880.  

Records prior to 1880 must be obtained from County Clerks at the county level.  

Parentage is not listed on death records prior to 1904.  

Prior to 1921, less than 50% of vital events were registered and that percentage decreases the further back in time the event occurred.

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Iowa

(Territory: 1838.  Statehood: 1846)


Statewide Iowa Census Records Online

1836-1925 Iowa State Census Records Collection at Ancestry

1838-1870 Census of Iowa at Ancestry

1840 Federal Census of Pensioners

1850 Federal Census Index and 1850 Census Images

1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedule Index & Images

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Other IA Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes

 1882 Iowa State Gazetteer

 


IA Census Records Online by County

Des Moines County (formed 1834 from the Wisconsin Territory)

1836 Census of Des Moines

1836 Territorial Census

1838 Territorial Census

1840 Federal Census Index

1840 Federal Census Records - Page 54-69

1840 Federal Census Records - Page 72-87

1840 Federal Census Transcription

1850 Federal Census Records

1852 State Census Records

1856 State Census Records Transcription

1860 Federal Census Index

Other Records

1844-1883 Indentured Children

1860 Postmasters

1860 Tax Records

1882-1883 Business Directory of Danville

1882-1883 Business Directory of Dodgeville

 


Dickinson County (formed 1851 from Kossuth)

1860 Federal Census Images

1870 Federal Census Index

Other Records

1884 Gazetteer and Business Directory

1917 Biographies

1940 Who's Who

Military Records

 


Dubuque County (formed 1834 from the Michigan Territory)

1836 Territorial Census Records Index

1836 Territorial Census Records - Original Order

1840 Federal Census Index

1840 Federal Census Transcription

 

1840 Federal Census of the Lead Mining Districts.

Read The Introduction First

Surnames starting with:

[A-Bi]   [C-D]   [EFG]   [HIJ]   [K-L]   [M-N]
[OPQ]   [R-S]   [TUV]   [WXYZ

 

1850 Federal Census Surname Index

1850 Federal Census Pages 1-19

1850 Federal Census Pages 20-39

1850 Federal Census Pages 40-59

1850 Federal Census Pages 60-79

1850 Federal Census Pages 80-99

1850 Federal Census Page 100 - END

1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1854 State Census Records

1856 State Census for Julien Township (census is in 3 parts)

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census of Cascade Township

1860 Federal Census of Concord Township

1860 Federal Census of Iowa Township

1860 Federal Census of Jefferson Township

1860 Federal Census of Julien Township

1860 Federal Census of Liberty Township

1860 Federal Census of Peru Township

1860 Federal Census of Prairie Creek Township

1860 Federal Census of Taylor Township

1860 Federal Census of Whitewater Township

1860 Federal Census Mortality Schedules

1870 Federal Census extraction of The Irish in Dubuque County

1870 Federal Census of Peru Township (partial)

1880 Federal Census of Jefferson Township

Other Records

1874 Plat Map Names for Mosalem

1874 Plat Map Names for Peru

1874 Plat Map Names for Tablemound

1882 Farmers and Business Directory

1905 Jefferson Township List of Names

1905 Ward 1, Partial List of Names

1940 Who's Who

1965-1966 Farm Directory

 


Emmet County (formed 1851 from Dickinson & Kossuth)

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

Other Records

1882 Farmers and Business Directory of Lakeside

1904 City Directory of Estherville

1907 City Directory of Estherville

1917 Biographies

 


Fayette County (formed 1837 from Clayton)

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Images

1856 State Census Records of Jefferson Township

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription at US GenWeb

1870 Federal Census of Harlan Township

1870 Federal Census of  Illryia Township

1870 Federal Census Records of Jefferson Township Part 1

1870 Federal Census Records of Jefferson Township Part 2

1900 Federal Census Index - Surnames A-G (partial)

1900 Federal Census Index - Surnames H-O (partial)

1900 Federal Census Index - Surnames P-Z (partial)

1900 Federal Census Transcription (partial) (Use with above census index.)

1900 Federal Census Records Transcription

Other Records

1860's Fairfield School District #2 Students

1878 Residents and History

1882 Business Directory of Richfield

1882 Business Directory of Eldorado

1891 Biographies - Surnames A-K

1891 Biographies - Surnames L-O

1891 Biographies - Surnames P-Z

Stories of Early Fayette County History

 


Floyd County (formed 1851 from Chickasaw)

1860 Federal Census Records Including Index

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

1880 Federal Census of Rock Grove

1900 Federal Census Records with Index

Other Records

Who's Who in 1940

 


Fox County (1851-1853 See Calhoun)

No known census online for these counties.  Submit census links for inclusion in Census Finder's Directory.


Franklin County (formed 1851)

1856 State Census Records (files arranged by township)

1860 Federal Census Index (partial)

Other Records

1883 Biographical Index

1902 City Directory

1914 Biographies

 


Fremont County (formed 1847 from Pottawattamie)

1850 Federal Census Index by SK Publications

1850 Federal Census Index at USGenWeb

1850 Federal Census Records Transcription - Pages 143A-154A

1850 Federal Census Records Transcription - Pages 154B-155A

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Records Transcription - Part 1

1850 Federal Census Records Transcription - Part 2

1850 Federal Census Records Transcription at US GenWeb

1852 State Census Records Index

1856 State Census Records Transcription

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

1860 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1870 Federal Census Records Transcription

1905 State Census Index

1905 State Census Images for Benton

1905 State Census Images for Farragut

1905 State Census Images for Green

1905 State Census Images for Scott

1905 State Census Images for Sydney - Book 1

1905 State Census Images for Sydney - Book 2

1905 State Census Images for Thurman

Other Records

1881 Biographies of Fremont County Residents

1881 First Land Entries of Fremont County

1882 Business Directory of Riverton

1892 Farmers Directory

1901 Bios from History of Fremont and Mills County, Iowa

1940 Who's Who

Military Records of Fremont County

Vital Records of Fremont County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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