Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tribute to the 1925 Iowa State Census
The world is full of beautiful things! Autumn leaves, rainbows, waterfalls and more. Guess what else is beautiful?
The 1925 Iowa census.
Why the appreciation all of a sudden? Well, my own ancestors came to Iowa from Luxembourg in the 1850's. Apparently, they weren't cold enough in the winter so they bailed for Minnesota after a few years. That's all the Iowa research I got to explore until now.
I am doing a project for another person that's all Iowa all the time. Iowa censuses play a prominent role in all lines of the family tree.
If you've never explored the 1925 Iowa census, here's why it's so special:
1. It's a bridge between the 1920 and 1930 federal censuses. I love all states that have their own censuses for this reason. Minnesota gets a nod here, too. The extra information can help narrow down a death date for someone who passed, or include a child who lived and died between federal censuses. The mid-decade census also narrows down location and marriage timelines for ancestors.
2. It provides detailed information on a subject's education. You will know if an adult attended a rural school, grade school, high school or college--and the highest grade completed. Details like these help shape portraits of your ancestors' lives.
3. It includes the names and birthplaces of a subject's parents, including women's maiden names. Oh, it's a lovely thing I tell ya. In doing this genealogy project, I've become very spoiled by the ease with which I can move back generations and use these details to secure birth, marriage, death records and more.
4. It includes the birthplaces and marriage location of a subject's parents. Not only do you get the names, you also learn where they were born. If it says Iowa in that column, you're free to look in the 1925 Iowa census for the subject's parents. If you find them, then the parents' parents will be listed as well.
My most magical experience so far with the 1925 census was the location of a 96 year-old woman in it. You bet it had her parents' names right there. Happy dances all around.