Iowa Non-Population Census Schedules (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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?

This collection includes 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

To Browse this Collection

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?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the farmer
  • The name of township where the farmer lived

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Schedule type and year
  2. Select the appropriate County which takes you to the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s census 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 the person 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 the Person 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. "Iowa Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880." Database with images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Nonpopulation Census Schedules for Iowa, 1850-1880, NARA publication number T1156. Records of the Bureau of the Census, RG 29 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Iowa Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880." Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1156. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
Image Citation:
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