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Iowa Census Notes

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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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

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

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1910 Federal Census Index

1920 Federal Census Index

1930 Federal Census Index at Family Search

1940 Federal Census Index and 1940 Census Images

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Other IA Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes

 1882 Iowa State Gazetteer

 


IA Census Records Online by County

Buchanan County (formed 1837 from Delaware)

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Index with Place of Birth included

1850 Federal Census

1850 Federal Census at Buchanan Rootsweb site

1852 State Census Records

1880 Federal Census of the Independence Mental Institution

1880 Federal Census of the County Poor Farm in Washington Twp.

Other Records

1882-83 Gazetteer & Business Directory of Buffalo Grove

1882-83 Gazetteer & Business Directory of Winthrop

1883 Pensioners

 


Buena Vista (formed 1851 from Clay & Sac)

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

1870 Federal Census Index (partial)

1870 Federal Census of Barnes Township

1870 Federal Census of Brooks Township

1870 Federal Census of Coon Township

1870 Federal Census of Lee Township

1870 Federal Census of Poland Township

1870 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1885 State Census Records Transcription

1895 State Census Records Transcription of Brooke Twp.

1895 State Census Records Transcription of Coon Twp.

1895 State Census Records Transcription of Grant Twp.

1895 State Census Records Transcription of Newell Twp.

1905 State Census Records

Other Records

1880-1912 Death Records

1908-1960 County Directories

1909 Old Settlers Association of 1875-76

 


Buncombe County (Became Lyon in 1862)

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


Butler County (formed 1851 from Black Hawk & Buchanan)

1852 State Census Records

1856 State Census Records Transcription

1860 Federal Census Including Index

1860 Federal Census Extraction of Residents From Canada

1860 Federal Census Mortality Schedules - Part 1

1860 Federal Census Mortality Schedules - Part 2

1860 Federal Census Mortality Schedules - Part 3

1885 State Census of Albion Township

1885 State Census of Bennezette Township

1895 State Census Records

1925 State Census Records

Other Records

1875 Business Directory

1875 Atlas Patrons

1883 History of Butler & Bremer Counties, Iowa Name Index

1883 Pensioners

1905 Phone Directory for Shell Rock

1914 Biographical Index

1940 Who's Who

Church Records

 


Calhoun County (formed 1855.  Previously Fox County.)

1856 State Census Records for Calhoun Township

1860 Federal Census Index linked to Transcription

1860 Federal Census Records

1880 Federal Census Index

1880 Federal Census Records (partial)

1880 Federal Census of Lincoln Township, Village of Manson

1880 Federal Census of Butler Township, Village of Pomeroy

1880 Federal Census of Butler Township

1880 Federal Census of Twin Lakes Township, Village of Rockwell City

1880 Federal Census Agricultural Schedules for Butler Township

1885 State Census for Logan Township

Other Records

1880-1881 Iowa State Gazetteer & Business Directory Extraction of Calhoun County

1882-1883 Iowa State Gazetteer & Business Directory Extraction of Calhoun County

1884-1885 Iowa State Gazetteer & Business Directory Extraction of Calhoun County

1887-1888 Iowa State Gazetteer & Business Directory Extraction of Calhoun County

1889-1890 Iowa State Gazetteer & Business Directory Extraction of Calhoun County

1892 Farmers Directory

1903-1904 Iowa State Gazetteer & Business Directory Images

1905-1906 Iowa State Gazetteer & Business Directory Images

1911 Farmers Directory

1916-1917 Iowa State Gazetteer & Business Directory Extraction of Calhoun County

1918-1919 Iowa State Gazetteer & Business Directory Extraction of Calhoun County

1961 Farmers Directory

Calhoun County Pioneer History Book Index

WWII Honor List

 


Carroll County (formed 1851 from Guthrie)

1856 State Census of Newton Township

1856 State Census of Jasper Township

1860 Federal Census Transcription

1870 Federal Census Index

1870 Federal Census of the City of Carroll

1870 Federal Census of Carroll Township - Part 1

1870 Federal Census of Carroll Township - Part 2

1870 Federal Census of Glidden Twp.

1870 Federal Census of Jasper Twp.

1870 Federal Census of Newton Twp.

Other Records

1882-83 Gazetteer & Business Directory

1887 Business Directory

1899 Biographies

1912 Biographical Index

1922 Plat Maps

Earliest Settlers of Carroll County

WWII Roll of Honor

 


Cass County (formed 1851 from Pottawattamie)

1856 State Census Records

1860-1920 Federal Census Extractions of selected names

Other Records

1882-83 Gazetteer & Business Directory of Wiota

 


Cedar County (formed 1837 from Wisconsin Territory)

1838 Territorial Census for Cedar County

1840 Federal Census Index of Names

1840 Federal Census Records Transcription - Part 1

1840 Federal Census Records Transcription - Part 2

1850 Federal Census Indexed by Name

1850 Federal Census Records Transcription

1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedules

1852 State Census Records

1886 Veterans Census Records Transcription

Other Records

1882-83 Gazetteer & Business Directory of Durant

1916 Atlas of Cedar County Farmer Directory

1919-1924 The Farm Journal Illustrated Rural Directory of Cedar County, Iowa

Early Settlements of Cedar County

Early Settlers of Red Oak Grove

Old Settlers List

Original Entries Book A - Land Owners

 


Cerro Gordo County (formed 1851 from Floyd)

1860 Federal Census Index

1870 Federal Census Records of Geneseo Township

1880 Federal Census Records of Dougherty Township

1895 State Census of Beth Township

1900 Federal Census Records of Dougherty Township

Other Records

1895 & 1930 Plat Maps

1906 Farmers of Dougherty Township

1906 Plat Map & Residents Names

Naturalization Records

 

 

 

 

 

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