Iowa State Census, 1915 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Iowa, United States
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Record Description
Record Type State Census
Collection years 1915
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index of the Iowa State Census taken in 1915.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Iowa, State Census, 1915.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

These records 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

Collection Contents

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How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor and other family members
  • The approximate age and location your ancestor lived

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the 2240483 Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


View the Images

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  2. Select Surname Range

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the ages listed to determine approximate birth dates and find the family in additional censuses.
  • Use the information found in the record to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
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Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:

“Iowa, State Census, 1915.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Iowa State Historical Department, Des Moines.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Iowa, State Census, 1915.


Image Citation:

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