20 March 2007

Tagging the Maytags in 1925

Maytag founder Frederick Maytag's 1925 Iowa State census entry makes two excellent points--the importance of looking for neighbors and the fact that some individuals can be listed by their initials.

My initial searches for Frederick Maytag brought no results with the correct age, but viewing the entry for Frederick Maytag (shown as a son in the neighboring household), I quickly saw the grandparents living next door.

Always consider someone being enumerated under their initials and always pay attention to the neighbors.

Those with an Ancestry.com account (either US or World) can access the Iowa State Censuses (and the images) at Ancestry.com as a part of their account. Those without an account can search the database as part of a free 14-day trial (read our free trial "suggestions" before signing up.)

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Anne Landers and Dear Abby



We've been giving (and getting) advice on the Iowa State Censuses at Ancestry.com . And it finally dawned on me that the queens of advice giving should be in the 1925 Iowa State Census--Anne Landers and Dear Abby--the Friedman sisters and twins, Esther and Pauline Friedman. And sure enough they were--living in Sioux City, Iowa with their sister and parents.


The census entry for their parents indicates they were born in Russia, but the index entry lists this as the Soviet Union---we're not going to get into that mess here. THe parents were married in Nebraska.


Those who want to find the Friedmans in the census and view the complete set of images (remember for the 1925 census there are three images---completing a set of six pages where the second two sets are overlaid onto the first to prevent the names from having to be rewritten)--can search the Iowa State Census Collection at Ancestry.com.

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19 March 2007

Searching the Iowa State Censuses at Ancestry.com

The Iowa State Census search interface at Ancestry.com gives the user many options. It is important to note that not all of these search options are applicable to all the census years in the database. Many of the advanced search options (particularly those related to parents ) are only available for the 1925 census. Earlier census (such as the 1856) may not even give the relationship to the head of household--in fact the households may not even be clearly distinguished on the census. Searchers are encouraged to browse censuses for years they are searching to become familiar with the schedules and the information they contain.

Of course, for 1925, take full advantage of all those questions that were asked. The images of the search interface follow. Those with an Ancestry.com account (either US or World) can access the Iowa State Censuses (and the images) at Ancestry.com as a part of their account. Those without an account can search the database as part of a free 14-day trial (read our free trial "suggestions" before signing up.)




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1925 Iowa State Census

The images on the right are part of the 1925 Iowa state census entries for Ekke and Nanke Behrens, my aunt and uncle. The second image shows an additional part of their entry, whjich includes the names of their parents and where their parents were married.






The images have been reduced here to decrease load time, but one can easily zoom in the images. The larger image shown below is magnified at 100%.








The 1925 State Census for Iowa asks the following questions:

  • Surname.

  • Given Name.

  • Relation. Relationship within the family.

  • Sex.

  • Color. When not "White", this information is listed under the title "Various" on the census page view (not on surname search results).

  • Age.

  • Marital Status. S for Single, M for married, W for widowed, D for divorced.

  • Own or Rent. This field applies to the head of household.
  • Free or Mortgaged. For owned property, whether owned outright or mortgaged.
  • Home Value. Value of property.
  • Mortage Debt.

  • Rent Amount.

  • Insurance Amount.
  • Foreign Born Status.
  • Years Residing in the U.S.

  • Years Residing in Iowa.

  • Highest School Level. R=Rural, G=Grade, H=High School, C=College.

  • Highest Grade Level.

  • Number of Months Attending School. In past year.
  • Whether Can Read.

  • Whether Can Write.

  • Place of Birth.

  • Father's Surname.

  • Father's Given Name.

  • Father's Age.

  • Mother's Surname.

  • Mother's Given Name.

  • Mother's Age.

  • Parent's Place of Marriage.

  • War Experience. Whether Veteran/Branch or Service in Which Served/State Enlisted or Drafted From. For Civil War, Spanish American War, and World War I.
  • Occupation. Agricultural, Professional Services, Domentic and Personal Services, Trade and Transportation, Manufacturing and Mechanical, or Laborer.

  • Months Unemployed Due to Illness from Communicable Diseases.
  • Lost Income Due to Above.
  • Month's Unemployed in 1924.
  • Comments. When present, this information is listed under the title "Various" on the census page view (not on surname search results).


A wonderful source recently indexed by Ancestry.com. And a great way to spend a lot of time. Those who don't have an ancestry account can read our suggestions for getting a free trial before subscribing.

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18 March 2007

1856 Iowa State Census


One of the recently added databases at Ancestry.com is the complete set of Iowa state censuses. The image in this post comes from the 1856 state census for Scott County, Iowa. This entry is actually for Peter Freund, but the name was spelled Frent. A soundex search easily caught the entry. An upcoming article in the Ancestry World Journal will discuss using these wonderful records for the Freund family. Meanwhile genealogists can be searching for their Iowa ancestors in this Ancestry.com database.

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