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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 1885
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index to the Iowa state census taken in 1885. The population schedule names every person in the household.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Iowa, State Census, 1885.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Census

  • Name
  • Place and date of event
  • Approximate Age
  • Gender *Martial status *Occupation of individual
  • Parentage (if native or foreign) of father and mother
  • Whether subject to military duty
  • Whether entitled to vote
  • If an alien whether or not have taken out naturalization papers
  • Whether literate or not
  • Any disabilities

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person
  • The name of other relatives
  • The county where the family lived

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Locality to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the ages listed to determine approximate birth dates and find the family in census records
  • Use the information found in the record to find vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Iowa.


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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Image Citation:
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