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Record Description

These records include digital images of non-population census schedules for Iowa compiled by the United States Bureau of Census. These records are included in the National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication T1156. The collection covers the years 1850 to 1880.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

“Iowa, Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880.” Index or Index and Images or Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing T1156. Archive location: National Archives and Records Administration, 2013.

Record Content

Records may contain the following information:

  • Date of enumeration
  • Township
  • Name of owner, agent or manager of the farm
  • Condition and value of the acreage
  • Value, kind of livestock and number of each kind
  • Value, type of produce and amount produced

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the farmer
  • Name of township

Search the Collection

To search the collection
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Schedule type and year"
⇒Select the appropriate "County" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors 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.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example use the township and farmer's name to search for land and property records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • 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.
  • 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 a 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 names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • 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.
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Don't overlook FHL Keyword Iowa items or FHL Place United States, Iowa items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Iowa Archives and Libraries.


Known Issues with This Collection

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Related Websites

National Archives

Related Wiki Articles

Iowa

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