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Iowa was officially part of Missouri Territory from 1812-1821. Between 1824 and 1834 it was considered to be unorganized Territory and between 1836 and 1838, it was part of  Wisconsin Territory. In 1838, the area became The Territory of Iowa and finally achieved statehood in 1846. These facts can come into play when searching for ancestors in census records. See 1838-1870 Iowa Census Records at Ancestry.

1847 Sac & Fox Indian Census. These census rolls are special enumerations. These might prove helpful if your ancestor is of Native American heritage or lived with Native Americans. These are available for years 1836-1840 and 1847. See Indian Census Rolls 1885-1940.

The 1836 census of Dubuque and Des Moines Counties is the first census taken after the area became Iowa Territory. See 1836 Iowa Census Records at Ancestry.

Iowa State Census records have survived for 1841, 1844, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1851, 1852, 1853, 1854, 1856, 1859, 1862, 1867, 1869, 1881, 1885, 1889, 1895, 1905, 1915, and 1925 which was the last Iowa State Census taken.  The 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915 and 1925 Iowa state censuses enumerated all counties, however earlier censuses were spotty, incomplete or offered only statistical information.  See 1836-1925 Iowa State Census Records Collection at Ancestry and for more about Iowa State Census Records See Iowa State Census Information.

Soundex code indexes for Federal Iowa census records are available on microfilm for census years: 1880, 1900, and 1920.

Federal Iowa census records begin in 1840 and enumerations were taken ever 10 years thereafter.  Census years available to the public include: 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.

1890 Federal Iowa Census records  including the special Veterans and Widows Census were completely destroyed by a 1921 warehouse fire.  See A Fire Destroyed The 1890 Census & Bridging the 1890 Census Gap,

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321 E. 12th St., 1st Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

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Birth, Death and Marriage records at the Iowa Dept. of Public Health begin in 1880.  

Records prior to 1880 must be obtained from County Clerks at the county level.  

Parentage is not listed on death records prior to 1904.  

Prior to 1921, less than 50% of vital events were registered and that percentage decreases the further back in time the event occurred.

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Iowa

(Territory: 1838.  Statehood: 1846)


Statewide Iowa Census Records Online

1836-1925 Iowa State Census Records Collection at Ancestry

1838-1870 Census of Iowa at Ancestry

1840 Federal Census of Pensioners

1850 Federal Census Index and 1850 Census Images

1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedule Index & Images

1860 Federal Census Index

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1880 Federal Census - Norwegians

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1885 State Census Index Search

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1910 Federal Census Index

1920 Federal Census Index

1930 Federal Census Index at Family Search

1940 Federal Census Index and 1940 Census Images

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Other IA Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes

 1882 Iowa State Gazetteer

 


IA Census Records Online by County

Pocahontas County (formed 1851 from Greene & Humboldt)

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

1885 State Census Records for Rolfe

1895 State Census Records Transcription

1900 Federal Census of Belleville Surnames A-J

1900 Federal Census of Belleville Surnames K-Z

1900 Federal Census of Cedar Surnames A-J

1900 Federal Census of Cedar Surnames K-Z

1930 Federal Census Index (partial)

1930 Federal Census Records Transcription (partial)

 

Other Records

1863-1871 Men Eligible for Military Duty

1880-1888 Birth Records

1880-1897 Death Records Part 1

1880-1897 Death Records Part 2

1882 Business Directory of Blooming Prairie

1882 Business Directory of Learned

1900 Business Directory for Fonda

1900 Business Directory for Rolfe

1918 Atlas of Pocahontas County

1940 Telephone Directory of Pocahontas

1948 Farm Directory

1951 Telephone Directory of Pocahontas

1952 Telephone Directory of Plover

1966 Farm Directory

1972 Farm Directory

1973 Farm Directory

Early Pioneers

Early Settlers

Pioneer Biographies

 


Polk County (formed 1846 from Indian Lands)

1846 Territorial Census

1850 Federal Census Index Linked to 1850 Census Records

1850 Federal Census Transcription

1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1854 State Census Records

1856 State Census Records:

Des Moines Part 1  |  Des Moines Part 2

Jefferson Twp.  |  Allen Twp.

1860 Federal Census for Des Moines City

1870 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1870 Census of the Polk County Poor House in Saylor

1880 Census of the Polk County Poor House in Saylor

1900 Census of the Polk County Insane Asylum in Saylor

 

Other Records

1866 City Directory for Des Moines

1875 State Atlas Patrons of Douglas Township

1876 Business Directory of Des Moines

1882 Business Directory of Rising Sun Township

1885 Delinquent Tax Lists

1891 City and County Directory

1897 City Directory Index of Des Moines is located here.

Probates and Will Books

 


Pottawattamie County (formed 1848 from Indian Lands)

1852 State Census Records

1852 State Census Records at IAGenWeb

1854 State Census Records

1870 Federal Census Index & Transcription at IAGenWeb

1870 Federal Census Records Transcription including index

1910 Census of the Christian Home Children's Orphanage

1920 Federal Census Index and Census Transcription

1920 Federal Census of the Juvenile Detention Home in Council Bluffs

1920 Census of the County Poor Farm

1930 Federal Census Index (Extended)

1930 Census of the County Poor Farm

 

Other Records

1839-1843 Indian Annuity Rolls

1875 Andreas Atlas Index Early Residents

1880-1919 Death Records

1885 Business Directory

1891 Biographies

1902 Historical Atlas Index of Names

1929 City Directory of Council Bluffs is located here.

1940 Who's Who in Pottawattamie County

Biography Index at Pottawattamie County Genealogy Society

Military Records of Pottawattamie County

 


Poweshiek County (formed 1843 from Mesquakie Indian Lands)

1850 Federal Census Index & 1850 Census Transcription

1850 Federal Census Records at IAGenWeb

1852 State Census Records

1856 State Census Records

1856 State Census Records at USGenWeb Archives

1880 Federal Census Index for Chester Township

1880 Federal Census Records Transcription for Chester Township

1895 State Census Records at USGenWeb Archives

1915 State Census Records

 

Other Records

Biographies of Poweshiek County Residents

Military Records

 


Ringgold County (formed 1847 from Taylor)

Ringgold County Census Records - Includes 1860 index of names.

1854 State Census Records for Ringgold County, IA (most likely partial)

1856 State Census of Mount Ayr

1860 Federal Census of Athens Township

1860 Federal Census of East Fork Township

1860 Federal Census of Lotts Creek Township

1860 Federal Census of Middle Fork Township

1860 Federal Census of Mount Ayr Township

1860 Federal Census of Platte Township

1860 Federal Census of Sand Creek Township

1860 Federal Census of Washington Township

1860 Federal Census of West Fork Township

 

Other Records

Civil War Soldiers of Ringgold County

Ringgold County History

Settlement and Settlers of Ringgold County

1875-2000 Mayors of Mt. Ayr

1884-2011 Students of Mt. Ayr High School

 


Risley County (1851-1853.  Changed to Webster.)

No known census online.  Submit census links for inclusion in Census Finder's Directory.

 


Sac County (formed 1851 from Greene)

1880 Federal Census Images

 

Other Records

1882 Business Directory of Ringgold

Biographical History of Crawford, Ida and Sac Counties (Name Index)

 


Scott County (formed 1837 from the Wisconsin Territory)

1840 Federal Census Index

1840 Federal Census Records Transcription

1847 State Census Records

1849 State Census Records

1850 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1854 State Census Records

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription including index

1860 Federal Census at Iowa US GenWeb

1870 Federal Census Records Transcription with Index

1870 Federal Census

1880 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1895 State Census Records (Census files arranged by township.)

1895 State Census Records at IAGenWeb (partial)

1900 Federal Census (partial)

1910 Federal Census (partial)

1920 Federal Census (partial)

1925 State Census of Buffalo Township

1925 State Census of Buffalo Township at IAGenWeb

1930 Federal Census Records Transcription with Census Index

 

Other Records

Pre 1840 Pioneers to Scott County

1846 Directory of Davenport

1875 Historical Atlas Patrons

1882 Business Directory

1882-1919 Plat Maps Index for Blue Grass Township

1892 Farmers Directory

 


Shelby County (formed 1853 from Cass)

1854 State Census Records

1856 State Census Records

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Images

1870 Federal Census Index

1925 State Census of Institutions

Other Records

1882 Business Directory of Elkhorn

1889 Biographical Index

Shelby County Early Pioneers - From "Past and Present of Shelby County"

 


Sioux County (formed 1851 from Plymouth)

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

1870 Federal Census Records

1880 Federal Census Records

1900 Federal Census Index

 

Other Records

1880-1897 Death Records Book #1

1887 Tax Records for Lynn Twp.

1897 Tax Records for Lynn Twp.

1908 Historical Atlas of Sioux County, Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

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