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Hello: I am the coordinator for the IA State Census Program at
http://iagenweb.org/census/ for the IAGenWeb Project. It is our goal to
transcribe the state census records and put them online. These census are
totally separate from the federal ones taken every ten years. State censuses
are taken in years that end with a five. Other ones were also taken when
Iowa first became a state and was checking population numbers for things like
representatives to congress, county borders and such.
Census data was collected in Audubon county in 1856 (this listed how long a
person had been a resident of Iowa) and 1859 and then every ten years
beginning with 1885.
To transcribe the data for the Census Project is very easy. There is a
manuel online that may answer any questions you may have but, basically,
enter the data from the microfilm onto one of our spreadsheet templates and
email it to me. You must have access to the census microfilm. I would think
the film would be available in Audubon county. If you don't live in Audubon
county, you can view the film at a local LDS Family History Center or through
I hope you will consider volunteering for this project --
The more we share - the more we have to share,
IAGenWeb State Census Project
An effort to transcribe all the state censuses for Iowa