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The collection consists of an index of the Iowa state census taken in 1915.
The records usually contain the following information:
- County, township and city of residence
- Mailing address
- Can read and write
- 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
- Details of military service
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 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.
If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image.
⇒ 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 the images one by one. Again you will need to 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. 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.
- 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.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.
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.
- 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.
- There is also the possibility that a family or individual was missed in the census.
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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, State Census, 1915.” Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Iowa State Historical Department. Division of the State Historical Society, Des Moines.
- This page was last modified on 24 June 2014, at 19:58.
- This page has been accessed 353 times.
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