FamilySearch recently updated their 1905 “Iowa State Census, 1905” and it got me to wondering how the cards were microfilmed.
The 1905 Iowa state census was taken differently from most other censuses. Each person’s entry was written on a separate card instead of in a ledger one name after another. The cards are not filmed in order of enumeration as most federal census records are. That makes them more of a challenge to use.
The cards are numbered and one can hopefully be reasonably confident that the numbering was in the order in which people were enumerated. For urban dwellers, the address was also given. This allows users to know who was in the same household–or at least living in the same location. The problem is finding these people because of the order in which the cards were filmed.
The database of images at FamilySearch is searchable. The city and county (if provided by the informant) searchable, but street addresses in cities are not as they do not appear to have been extracted for the FamilySearch database the accompanies the images.
The card number has been extracted–hopefully this is a good to tell who probably was living in the same household. The only problem is that I didn’t see a way to search based up the card number.
The database entry:
I’m interested in thoughts users have about using this database.