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Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.
About Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925
This database contains Iowa state censuses for the following years: 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, and 1925. It also includes some head of household censuses and other special censuses from 1836-1897. Information available for an individual will vary according to the census year and the information requested on the census form. Some of the information contained in this database though includes: name, age, gender, race, birthplace, marital status, and place of enumeration.
This database contains state censuses for the following years: 1856 1885 1895 1905 1915 1925
It also includes some head of household only censuses and other special censuses from 1836-1897. See below for a list of years and counties covered in this database.
Information available for an individual will vary according to the census year and the information requested on the census form. Some of the information contained in this database though includes:
Place of enumeration
Additional information about an individual, such as their occupation, nativity of parents, citizenship status, or war service, may be available on the actual census record. Be sure to view the corresponding image in order to obtain all possible information about an individual.
Note: Some cenuses may be more than one page/image long. For example, the 1925 census is usually comprised of 3 pages. Use the "Next" button on the image viewer to see any continuing pages.
About Censuses in Iowa:
Although Iowa did indeed enumerate its population frequently both in special and regular censuses, not all counties complied each time. Some enumerations are only for specific cities. Also, many of the censuses that were actually completed no longer exist. Take into consideration that not all years include all counties, or all townships of a county, and that in fact some are very limited.
Taken from Carol L. Maki and Michael John Neill, "Iowa," Red Book, ed. Alice Eichholz (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004).
Counties and Years:
Below is a list of all the counties and years included in this database.
1836: 1838: 1844:
Des Moines, Van Buren, Keokuk, Dubuque,
Louisa, Wapello, Clinton, Louisa, Scott, Wapello, Polk, Davis, Marion, Van Buren
Benton, Clinton, Louisa, Powesheik, Van Buren, Boone, Jackson, Madison, Scott, Washington
Cedar, Decatur, Iowa, Johnson, Mahaska, Pottawattamie, Washington, Clinton, Guthrie, Jackson, Madison, Page, Scott
Appanoose, Buchanan, Clayton, Fremont, Jasper, Lee, Mills, Poweshiek, Wapello, Benton, Butler, Clinton, Guthrie, Jefferson, Linn, Monroe, Scott, Warren, Black Hawk, Cass, Davis, Henry, Johnson, Louisa, Muscatine, Tama, Washington, Boone, Cedar, Des Moines, Iowa, Jones, Mahaska, Polk, Taylor, Bremer, Clarke, Fayette, Jackson, Keokuk, Marshall, Pottawattami, Van Buren
Warren (Allen, Greenfield, Lynn, and Richland townships)
Adair, Chickasaw, Decatur, Harrison, Jones, Mahaska, Page, Shelby, Washington,
Allamakee, Clarke, Des Moines, Henry, Keokuk, Marion, Polk, Story, Wayne,
Benton, Clayton, Dubuque, Jackson, Lee, Marshall, Pottawattamie, Tama, Webster,
Black Hawk, Clinton, Fayette, Jasper, Linn, Monona, Poweshiek, Taylor, Boone, Crawford, Fremont, Jefferson, Louisa, Montgomery, Ringgold, Union, Bremer, Dallas, Hardin, Johnson, Madison, Muscatine, Scott, Wapello
All counties that were organized at the time except Warren (80 total)
Black Hawk, Carrol, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Scott, Washington, Buchanan, Montgomery, Plymouth, Sac, Union
Calhoun, Dickinson, Humboldt, Palo Alto, Webster, Carroll, Emmet, Iowa, Plymouth, Winnebago, Cerro Gordo, Fayette, Kossuth, Sac, Woodbury, Clay, Greene, Mitchell, Shelby, Worth, Crawford, Hancock, Monona, Van Buren, Wright
1870: 1881: 1885:
Van Buren, Cerro, Gordo (Mason City)
All counties (99 total)
1888: 1889: 1891:
Kossuth (Algona), Cherokee (Cherokee), Clay (Spencer), Polk (north Des Moines), Emmet (Emmetsburg), Montgomery (Villisca)
1892: 1893: 1895:
Carroll (Carroll), Davis (Bloomfield), Adams, Emmet (Estherville), Franklin (Hampton), Buchanan, Greene (Jefferson), Story (Ames and Nevada), Washington, Tama (Tama), Woodbury, Wright Green (Eagle Grove)
1896: 1897: 1905:
Fayette (Oelwein), Chickasaw (New Hampton), All counties (99 total)
All counties (99 total)