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Iowa has a rockin' state census. The 1925 census is a dream for genealogists, with questions on parents, religion, education, marriage, for every member of the household. Let's see how we can help work through though tough Iowa research problems.

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Jefferson & Van Buren Counties: Jones, Hoskins, Smith, Ream 12 Replies

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Benton County / Tama County

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Comment by Tim Connor on July 12, 2010 at 8:17am
I am looking for descendants of John L. Bland from Appanoose County.
Comment by Leanne Mickels Elliott on July 11, 2010 at 9:10pm
I have a Iowa question, my lady was there in 1860 Dubeque county New Wine Township she's with her husband 2 of her boys and they are living on a farm with her husbands parents. My lady and her husband was married in PA. Then in 1870 she's gone and so are his parents the boys are living with their grandparents in PA. Was there a flood or a disease between 1860-1870?
Comment by myappolonia101 on July 8, 2010 at 7:34pm
All my ancestors are from Iowa. Some of the first settlers of Des Moines and I have family from Lee County, mainly Keokuk and Montrose. Names in Lee: Maxwell, Johnston, Wahrer, Thornburg, White, Fiedler, Perry, Hammer, Hildwein, Ogden, Smith. Names in Des Moines: Newcomer, Mills, Scott, Lamb, Winterberg, Vischer.
Comment by Brenda K. Wolfgram Moore on July 8, 2010 at 3:31pm
Hi Barbara, re: Iowa census.... write me at, Thanks
Comment by Marsha Baker on July 8, 2010 at 3:15pm
I don't have too many ancestors from Iowa but the ones I do have are: Arthur Danford DeLancey born in Cedar Rapids on July 27, 1880; his father Robert Marion DeLancey born in Dubuque on Oct. 04, 1854, married in Waubeek on Oct 26, 1879 to Elizabeth Gertrude Hill; Elizabeth Smith born May 06, 1824 in Ohio, died in Prairieburg Iowa on Nov. 26, 1880, she married James Starr DeLancey; Gertrude L. Harrison born in LeGrand on Jun 04, 1883 and her father Mr. Harrison; William O. Osborne born on Oct 9, 1845 somewhere in Iowa, married on Aug. 21, 1864 in Manatheka to Mary Hooker who was born on Mar 19, 1848 somewhere in Iowa (or possibly IN); well, it looks like that's about it.
Comment by Winifred McNabb on July 8, 2010 at 8:43am
Don't forget to check in with FamilySearch, the record search pilot. It appears they are beginning to transcribe some films. To my surprise I found an elusive lady with name of spouse. This led to correct county, ability to follow in-laws, and son to his demise in 1979 in CA. The film#s are included in the info so you can verify that way. Also found info about several other family members that had eluded me. So, check it out.
Comment by Kathie Poulos Schweiss on July 8, 2010 at 8:40am
My family history begins in Germany, Greece, Ireland, England, Denmark, and most everyone settled in Iowa... My family surnames include: Thompson, Allegar, (Hardin County and Pottawattamie County), Lang (Pott. Co.), Poulos (Pott. Co.) and Carlin (Pott Co.). My cousin and I have been unable to find our ggreatgrandfather (James H. Carlin) whose last known Iowa address was in Knoxville, IA at the inebriate hospital... He disappeared around 1926 and was never heard of again... He had been married to his German born wife, Catherine Emma Lang and they had lived in Council Bluffs, IA, and raised five children.
I tried calling Knoxville historic society and they checked the cemeteries to no avail.... Anyone have any suggestions on obtaining records for Knoxville treatment hospitals in the 1920's?? Thanks for any responses!,
Comment by Barbara Ann Rendl on June 23, 2010 at 11:07am
Winifred, Thank you, will try the databases....
Comment by Winifred McNabb on June 23, 2010 at 11:02am
Barbara, Ancestry has images of the Iowa state census records. You have to go to the listing of databases. I have gotten loads of info from these state census images.
Comment by Barbara Ann Rendl on June 18, 2010 at 9:25pm
Does anyone have a suggestion as to where I can find a copy of the 1895 Iowa State Census? I need to look at the Census to find who my grandfather and his siblings were living with then. I have found a "record" on Ancestry, but it only gives me two of the children's names and the township they were living in. Two of them were quite young when their mother died and the father had left or died before that. I am trying to find out if they lived with their older brother, if neighbors took them in, or what. Thanks for any help

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