This month as the Davenport Public Library celebrates The Big Read with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic The Great Gatsby we are exploring the 1925 Iowa State Census which you may search for free on Family Search.
Unlike the Federal Censuses which were only 1 page long, this State Census has 3 pages of information on your ancestors.
Are you stuck trying to find your ancestor’s mother’s maiden name? If they lived in Iowa in 1925, then you’re in luck! The second page asks for fathers’ name, mother’s maiden name, their age (if still alive) and where they got married.
If you’ve tried the name search and your ancestor does not show up in the search results but you are sure that they lived in Iowa at the time, we suggest you browse through the digital microfilm. It’s just like browsing through the microfilm here at the Library, but you can do it from home for free!
For more help searching the 1925 Iowa State Census, check out the FamilySearch Wiki or come into the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. We would love to help you in your search.
If you’re curious about what life was like for your ancestors in the 1920’s, come to the special presentation at the Eastern Avenue branch library on Monday, October 26th.
For more Great Gatsby programming please visit www.davenportlibrary.com or visit our Special Collections Calendar on this blog.