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Record Description

The collection consists of an index of the Iowa state census taken in 1915.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Record Content

The records usually contain the following information:

  • County, township and city of residence
  • Mailing address
  • Name
  • Sex
  • Can read and write
  • Color
  • Age
  • Birthplace
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Owner of home or farm, value of property and amount of encumbrance
  • If naturalized
  • Number of years in the US and in Iowa
  • Marital Status
  • Number of months in school and what type of school
  • Number of months unemployed
  • Occupation
  • Details of military service
  • Signature

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • Other identifying information such as age, residence or birthplace

Search the Collection

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

Look at each 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. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

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 name, residence and age to locate federal census records around the same time period.
  • Use name and residence to search for other records such as land and church records.
  • 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 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.
  • There is also the possibility that a family or individual was missed in the census.

Related Websites

Iowa State Censuses

Related Wiki Articles

Iowa Census

How You Can Contribute

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citations for this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

“Iowa, State Census, 1915.” Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Iowa State Historical Department, Des Moines.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image will be available on each image once the collection is published.

 

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