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The first Census conducted in Boone County was a special Iowa census in 1849. The first Federal Census was in 1850 and the first Iowa State Census in 1856. The federal censuses were conducted every ten years. Federal censuses data is not released until 72 years after the census was taken, therefore, Boone County census records are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930. Most of the 1890 census was destroyed in 1921 during a fire in the basement of the Commerce Building in Washington, D.C.

State of Iowa Census data is available for 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915 and 1925, as well as special censuses in 1849 and 1859. The 1925 Iowa State Census is an important resource for genealogical research in Iowa as it contains information about the parents of everyone enumerated in the census.

There are numerous resources for viewing census data and images. We have Boone County transcriptions and images for the 1849 and 1856 Iowa censuses and the 1850 and 1860 federal censuses. The 1880 Federal Census can be searched for free (just need to set up an account. FamilySearch.org. The IA GenWeb Census Project is also a free resource for census data. All censuses can be found at Ancestry.com for a fee.

A recently discovered census resource can be found at Heritage Quest, just follow these directions: go to – Utah State Library Division Click on “Genealogy – HeritageQuest” in the first column, then “Connect from Home” on the right, then enter code "c1b84332" (without quotes) You can also check with your local library to see if they provide home access with your library card.

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