Several spreadsheet formats are available for you to enter state census data into.


Please check the Frequently Asked Questions, Volunteer Manual and the Technical Help pages.  If you still have questions or need help, please email the State Census Coordinator.

Digital Images

Online digitized images of the Iowa state censuses are available at the following locations:

"" FamilySearch.org - This is a free research site. 1885, 1895 & 1925 Iowa State Census images are available as well as other Iowa indexes and records. Federal Census images and indexes are also available.

"" Ancestry.com - This is a paid subscription site. Direct link: Iowa State Census Images (then choose "Browse this collection").


Microfilm of the Iowa state censuses may be available at the following locations:

LDS Family History Center (more about LDS in the Volunteer Manual)
Check your local phone book under "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" for your local Family History Center or visit familysearch.org.
1856 LDS/FHC Film Numbers
1885 LDS/FHC Film Numbers
1895 LDS/FHC Film Numbers
 1905 LDS/FHC Film Numbers (Register [index only]. See link to full census available on film)
"" 1925 LDS/FHC Film Numbers
The State Historical Society of Iowa through interlibrary loan.
Heritage Archives Inc (once called Heritage Microfilm) used to carry census microfilm to purchase. They have discontinued this, but perhaps may be able to direct you elsewhere if they are still in existence!
The Iowa Genealogical Society has microfilm to view, as well as several state census publications for sale, as do many of the genealogical societies in Iowa. These publications cannot be transcribed, since most—if not all—are not photo-reproductions of the original censuses, but are already full transcriptions or indexes.

Questions, comments, suggestions welcome. Please email the State Census Coordinator.