Only Search FamilySearch for Fields the Database Has

FamilySearch recently updated “Iowa, Old Age Assistance Records, 1934-1946” recently.

FamilySearch allows for searches “with a life event” by:

  • Birth
  • Marriage
  • Residence
  • Death
  • Any

While these records are organized by county, the county is not included in the database entries (the county can be discovered by a search of the catalog), the only geographic information that can be searched for in the database is the place of birth. Marriage and death information is not generally contained in these records and searches based on marriage, residence, or death will return no results. Searches for locations of residence should be done with some experimentation and include the specific town of birth as well as just the county of birth.  “Inexact searches” (with the box to the right of the location unchecked) for specific towns or villages should include in the results entries where just the county is listed.

Those with small-town ancestors may discover extended family members by searching for locations without names.



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