US, Iowa–1905 State Census [Part B]


Record Fields and Indexing Instructions

Image Type

Image Type

Click in the Image Type field, and then click the option from the list that best describes the image.

If the image is normal and has information to be indexed, select Normal. Then press Tab or Enter.

If the image is blank, is an exact duplicate of a previous image in the same batch, or is unreadable, select the corresponding option from the list. If the image does not contain a census index card, select No Extractable Data Image. Press Tab or Enter, and, on the warning message, click Yes. Then continue to the next image, or submit the batch.

Click here to see an example: Normal

Card Number

Card Number

Type the card number that was written or stamped on each record.

Include letters if they were listed before or after the number. If a letter is listed above the number, enter the letter before the number. Do not put a space between the letter and the number.

If the card number was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: A502

Given Names

Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the given name field.

If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. If a name was written with an initial, be sure to include the initial with the given names. Do not type a period after the initial. Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, baby, infant, or Mrs with the given name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Matilda

Surname

Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the given names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, baby, infant, or Mrs, with the surname.

If a surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Johnson

Titles and Terms

Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms such as Sr, Jr, baby, infant or Mrs, that were recorded with the name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Mrs

Sex

Sex

The sex is indicated under the P.O. address, typically with the correct sex NOT crossed out and NOT underlined.

Type M (male) F (female). Even if the information in the Given Names field appears to contradict what is in the Sex field, index what is written on the card.

If the sex was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: F

Age

Age

Type the age that was written in the age field.

Index only full years. If fractions of years were recorded, round down to the nearest full year. If less than one year was recorded, index the age as 0 (zero).

If the age was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 31

Place of Birth

Place of Birth

Type the place of birth that was written in the Place of Birth, Self field.

If the place of birth was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance by pressing Ctrl+F. The lookup list does not include every possibility. If the birthplace cannot be determined, type it as it was written.

If the place of birth was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Sweden

Place of Birth, Mother

Place of Birth, Mother

Type the place of birth that was written in the Place of Birth, Mother field.

If the birthplace was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance by pressing Ctrl+F. The lookup list does not include every possibility. If the birthplace cannot be determined, type it as it was written.

If there are ditto marks in this field, type the birthplace that was written just above the mother's birthplace in the Place of Birth, Self field.

If the birthplace of the mother was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Sweden

Place of Birth, Father

Place of Birth, Father

Type the place of birth that was written in the Place of Birth, Father field.

If the birthplace was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance by pressing Ctrl+F. The lookup list does not include every possibility. If the birthplace cannot be determined, type it as it was written.

If there are ditto marks in this field, type the birthplace that was written just above the father's birthplace, in the Place of Birth, Mother field.

If the birthplace of the father was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field. 

Click her to see an example: Sweden

Marital Status

Marital Status

Type M (married or separated), S (single), W (widowed), or D (divorced).

If the marital status was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: S