Iowa State Census, 1915 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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.

Collection Contents

Sample Image

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

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 Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

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

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in requested information on 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. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

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 "County"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Surname Range" 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.

With either search 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 article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 or individual was missed in the census.

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, State Census, 1915.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Iowa State Historical Department, Des Moines.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Iowa, State Census, 1915.

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, State Census, 1915.

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