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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

Lucas Office Building

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

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     Phone (515) 281-4944

 

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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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

Marion County (formed 1845 from Washington)

1847 Special Census Records Transcription

Other Records

1845-1851 Probate Book

1875 Andreas Atlas

1940 Who's Who

 


Marshall County (formed 1846 from Jasper)

Other Records

1882 Business Directory of Dillon

1882 Business Directory of Lamoille

 


Mills County (formed 1851 from Pottawattamie)

1852 State Census Index

1856 State Census Index and Transcription

 

1860 Federal Census of:

1870 Federal Census Index of Lyons Township

1870 Federal Census of Lyons Township Part 1

1870 Federal Census of Lyons Township Part 1

1870 Federal Census Index of Rawles Township

1870 Federal Census of Rawles Township Part 1

1870 Federal Census of Rawles Township Part 2

1880 Federal Census Index of Rawles Township

1880 Federal Census of Rawles Township

1885 State Census Records

1895 State Census Records

1905 State Census for Hendersonville and Anderson Twp. Part 1

1905 State Census for Hendersonville and Anderson Twp. Part 2

1905 State Census for Hillsdale Town

1930 Federal Census Records Transcription

Other Records

1853 Landowners

1862 Tax Records

1882 R. L. Polk Business Directory

1882 Business Directory of Glenwood

1882 Business Directory of Malvern

1901 Bios from History of Fremont and Mills County, Iowa

1905 Jurors List

1910 Farmers Directory

1952 Farm Directory

1952 Telephone Directory for Glenwood

Delayed Birth Records

Early Birth Records

Early Death Records

Early Settlers & Settlements

Military Records

 


Mitchell County (formed 1851 from Chickasaw)

1856, 1885 & 1895 State Census

1856 State Census Records (Census files arranged by township)

1870 Federal Census Index

1880 Federal Census of Cedar Township

1885 State Census Records (Census files arranged by township)

1895 State Census Records (Census files arranged by township)

1900 Federal Census Index

1910 Federal Census Index

1910 Federal Census Index with some statistics

Other Records

1902 Telephone Directory of Osage

1905 Telephone Directory

1911  Farm Directory - Surnames A-F

1911  Farm Directory - Surnames F-K

1911  Farm Directory - Surnames K-R

1911  Farm Directory - Surnames R-Z

1918 WWI Boys Going to Camp Dodge

1923 Telephone Directory for St. Ansgar

1961 Telephone Directory of Osage

1962 Farm Directory

History of Mitchell and Worth Counties, biographical surname index

 


Monona County (formed 1851 from Harrison)

1860 Federal Census Index and Census Transcription

1860 Federal Census Images

1860 Federal Census Transcription Part 1

1860 Federal Census Transcription Part 2

1895 State Census Records

Other Records

1882 Business Directory of Albaton

 


Monroe County (formed 1843 from Wapello, formerly Kishkakosh)

1850 Federal Census Index (partial)

1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1852 State Census Index of Heads of Household

1852 State Census Records by Township

1856 State Census Records (Census files arranged by township)

1860 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1870 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1880 Federal Census of Village of Bridgeport

1880 Federal Census of Pleasant Corners

1880 Federal Census of Stacyville

1880 Federal Census of Tyrone

1880 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1883 Pensioners on the Roll

1885 Special Iowa Census of Ex Soldiers, Sailors and Marines - Pg 1

1885 Special Iowa Census of Ex Soldiers, Sailors and Marines - Pg 2

1885 Special Iowa Census of Ex Soldiers, Sailors and Marines - Pg 3

1885 Special Iowa Census of Ex Soldiers, Sailors and Marines - Pg 4

1920 Federal Census of Maple Coal Camp

Other Records

1845-1900s Will Books

1863 Militia List - Part 1

1863 Militia List - Part 2

1865 Business Register of Albia

1881 Gazetteer & Business Directory for Georgetown and Melrose

1882 Business Directory of Coalton & Lovilla

1896 Business Directory of Melrose

1903 Biographies

1935 Old Age Pensions

1940 Who's Who

Business Directories and Gazetteers

 


Montgomery County (formed 1851 from Polk)

1870 Federal Census Records (partial)

1870 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1880-1925 Germans From Russia Census

1930 Federal Census Records Transcription of Coburg Town

Other Records

1854 Tax List

1916 Graduates of Red Oak High School

1940 Who's Who

Biographies of Early Residents

Military Records

Naturalization Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

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