Thursday, March 15, 2007 Digitizes Iowa State Census Records Digitizes All Readily Available Iowa State Census Records From 1836 to 1925 is giving free access to the Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 until the end of March, 2007

More Than 14 Million Records Offer Insight Into State and Family Histories From Notable Natives, John Wayne and President Herbert Hoover, to the Settlers of the 1830s .

PROVO, Utah, March 15 /PRNewswire/ --, the world's largest online resource for family history, today announced that it has digitized and indexed all readily available Iowa State census records from 1836 to 1925. Researchers spent more than two years manually entering each name from actual early handwritten documents, bringing nearly a century of Iowa State history to life at the click of a mouse. In total, the collection features more than 14 million Iowa State census records and more than 3 million images, making the first and only online source to provide access to all publicly released Iowa State census records. "Census records are the backbone of family history.

They're more than just names and numbers. If you look closely, they tell stories," said Megan Smolenyak, Chief Family Historian for "The Iowa state census records, in particular, provide a wide range of snapshots into the lives and lifestyles of Iowan ancestors. With these records now available online, Iowans can dig deeper into their state and family histories."

Apparently some famous folks hail from Iowa - Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill Cody, John Wayne, born Marion Morrison in May 26, 1907 in Winterset, Iowa, and Johnny Carson, former host of the Tonight Show. Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States, can be found in the 1885 state census. Free access to the Iowa State census records collection will be available on through the end of March.

State census usually are usually enumerated on different years than the federal census and so offer additional information to the genealogy researcher.

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