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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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1830-1950 Iowa Christenings & Births

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Iowa

(Territory: 1838.  Statehood: 1846)

Dubuque was the first white settlement in what is today known as Iowa.  Prior to 1788, the main inhabitants were American Indians.  Once treaties had been established with the Indian tribes, settlers began moving in.  Most of the original white settlers came from the British Isles, followed later by Scandinavians, Dutch, German, Scottish and Welch.


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

1860 Federal Census Index

1870 Federal Census Index and 1870 Census Images

1880 Federal Census - Norwegians

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1880 Federal Census Search at Family Search

1885 State Census Index Search

1900 Federal Census Index and 1900 Census Images

1910 Federal Census Index

1920 Federal Census Index

1930 Federal Census Index at Family Search

1940 Federal Census Index and 1940 Census Images

Iowa Census & Voter Lists Searchable at Ancestry

Iowa Statewide Databases of Census Records & Genealogy Records

 

Other IA Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes

 1882 Iowa State Gazetteer

 


IA Census Records Online by County

Adair County (formed 1851 from Cass)

1856 State Census Records Transcription

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Part 1

1860 Federal Census Part 2

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription at Iowa GenWeb

Other Records

1882-83 Gazetteer & Business Directory

1883 Pensioners

1901 "Story of Nevin" Book Online

1915 "History of Adair County" Name Index

 


Adams County (formed 1851 from Taylor)

1856 State Census of Jasper Township

1856 State Census of Quincy Township

1860 Federal Census Index

Other Records

1882-83 Gazetteer & Business Directory

 


Allamakee County (formed 1847 from Clayton)

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Records Transcription

1850 Federal Census at US GenWeb

1854 State Census with Census Index

1856 State Census

1856 State Census With Census Index

1860 Federal Census Index A-R

1860 Federal Census Index S-Z

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

1860 Federal Census Index for French Creek and Union City

1860 Federal Census for French Creek

1860 Federal Census for Union City

1860 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1870 Federal Census Records Transcription

1870 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1880 Federal Census Index for Hanover Twp.

1880 Federal Census Records for Hanover Twp.

1880 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1883 Census of Pensioners

1885 State Census Records - Surnames A-D

1885 State Census Records - Surnames E-J

1885 State Census Records - Surnames K-O

1885 State Census Records - Surnames P-W

Other Records

1862-1930 Tax Records

1882 Biographies

1883-1907 Jury Lists

1913 Biographies

1940 Who's Who

1975 Phone Directory of New Albin

Military Records

 


Appanoose County (formed 1843 from Davis)

1850 Federal Census Index by SK Publications

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census

1852 State Census Records

1856 State Census Records

1860 Federal Census Index of French Creek and Union City

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

1883 Census of Pensioners

Other Records

1846-1855 Index to Probate Records

1882-83 Gazetteer & Business Directory of Dalby

1882-83 Gazetteer & Business Directory of Dorchester

1886 Biographies

1903 Biographical Index

1951 Index to Plat Book and Farmers Directory

 


Audubon County (formed 1851 Black Hawk & Cass)

1856 State Census of Audubon County

1860 Federal Census Records

Other Records

1889 Biographical Index

1940 Who's Who

Early Settlement and Timeline of Audubon County, IA

Family Histories

 


Bancroft County (1851-1855  See Bancroft / Crocker County History

No known census online for this county.  Submit census links for inclusion in Census Finder's Directory.


Belknap County (1874-1874)

No known census online for this county.  Submit census links for inclusion in Census Finder's Directory.


Benton County (formed 1837 from Indian Land Purchase)

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Surname Index

1850 Federal Census Transcription

1856 State Census Surname Index

1860 Federal Census with Census Index

1883 Census of Pensioners

Other Records

1878 Biographies

1897 Belle Plaine Biographical Directory

1917 Farmers Directory

 


Black Hawk County (formed 1843 from Delaware)

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Records Transcription (partial)

1852 State Census Records

1860 Federal Census Index - Large Partial

1860 Federal Census Records - Large Partial

1885 Special Vets Census

1885 State Census Records

1895 State Census for Cedar Falls

1895 State Census Records for all other Townships

1920 Federal Census Index

1920 Federal Census (partial)

Other Records

1882-83 Gazetteer & Business Directory of Enterprise

1882-83 Gazetteer & Business Directory of Washburn

1883 Pensioners

Civil War

Civil War Soldiers from Black Hawk County

 


Boone County (formed 1846 Polk)

1849 State Census Records

1850 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Images

 


Bremer County (formed 1851 from Indian Reserves & Winnebago)

1852 State Census Records

1860 Federal Census Images

1870 Federal Census Images

1870 Federal Census.   (partial)   Page #:
[195A-200B]   [201B-206B]   [207A-223A]   [223B-224B]   
[298B-303B]   [304A-306A]   [306B-312A]   [312B-318A]   

1880 Federal Census Images

1885 State Census Records

1895 State Census Records

Other Records

1875 Atlas Index of Names

1882 Iowa State Gazetteer and Business Directory

1883 History of Butler & Bremer Counties, Iowa Name Index

1917 Standard Atlas showing land owners

1927 Farmers Directory for Sumner Township - Surnames A-L

1927 Farmers Directory for Sumner Township - Surnames M-Z

1930 Plat Book

1962 Phone Directory for Readlyn

WWII Draft Registration Surnames: A-E, F-L, M-R, S-Z

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Howard-Jones

Buchanan-Cerro Gordo

Keokuk-Mahaska

Cherokee-Cook

Marion-Montgomery

Crawford-Delaware

Muscatine-Plymouth

Des Moines-Fremont

Pocahontas-Sioux

Greene-Henry

Slaughter-Wright

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