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The collection consists of an index of the Iowa state census taken in 1895. The census names everyone in the household.
Iowa became a territory in 1838 and a state in 1846. The state of Iowa conducted statewide censuses in 1847, 1849, 1854, 1856, 1859, 1862, 1865, 1867, 1869, 1873, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, and 1925.
The census was compiled to obtain a count of the population to determine how many representatives the state would send to Congress. Reliability of the information in the census is determined by the accuracy of the knowledge of the informant, which could have been any member of the family or even a neighbor.
The census includes the following information:
- Name of every person who resided in the family
- Age range (18 or over, 5-18 years, under 5 years)
- Marital status
- Place of birth (if in Iowa, the county of birth; if not in Iowa, state or country)
- Religious belief
- Whether subject to military duty
- Whether entitled to vote
- If a foreigner, whether or not naturalized
- Births or deaths in 1894
- Whether literate or not (by age category, under or over 10 years old)
- Children over 6 and under 17 not attending any school in 1894
- Any disabilities
- If a soldier in the Civil War, the company, regiment, state, arm of service, and rank
- If a soldier in the Mexican war, the regiment and state.
Search the Collection
To begin your search it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as age or parents' names.
Search the Collection
To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
To search the collection image by image
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "County" which takes you to the images.
Search the collection by image compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor in the census, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record.
- Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
- It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.
- Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.
- Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even county.
- You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
- You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
- Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
- There is also the possibility that a family was missed in the census.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Iowa, State Census items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Iowa Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this state see the wiki article Iowa.|
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Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Iowa State Census, 1895." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Secretary of State. Historical Society, Des Moines.
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