Iowa Non-Population Census Schedules (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Iowa, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Nonpopulation Census Schedules
Record Group RG 29: Records of the Bureau of the Census
Collection years 1850-1880
Microfilm Publication T1156. Nonpopulation Census Schedules for Iowa,1850-1880. 62 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 358
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What is in the Collection?

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 and is part of Record Group 29 Records of the Bureau of the Census. The collection covers the years 1850 to 1880.

Nonpopulation Schedules

  • Agriculture,1850-1880, rolls 1-36
  • Industry, 1850-1870, rolls 37-41
  • Manufacturing, 1880, rolls 42-45
  • Social Statistics, 1850-1870, rolls 46-49
  • Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes, 1880, rolls 50-53
  • Mortality, 1850-1880, rolls, 55-62
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Iowa, Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

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 Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the farmer
  • Name of township

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒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.

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.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the place to locate the family in the population censuses, church records and land records.
  • 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.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • 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 was missed in the census.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

“Iowa Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1156. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Iowa, Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880.

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