With a recent discovery in the archive in Prague, I have been working on the first branch of my family who landed in Iowa.  My first cousin, 4x removed, a Knechtl.  They came from Bohemia to Iowa, unlike many other of the family who landed in Cleveland. 

In my work tracing them through Iowa and North Dakota I found that the towns they lived in were Protivin, Iowa and Lidgerwood, North Dakota.  Both these communities were heavily Bohemian-settled towns. 

In working on the Iowa time period, I came across the Iowa State Census.  Seems Iowa liked (or likes still) to do a state census in the years ending in 5.  The first one I started to work on was 1925.  What an amazing treasure trove of information for the genealogist!  Truly a wonderful find!  If you are working any family history that covers Iowa folks, be sure to check these out first!

In my case I was following this cousin and trying to figure out a possible marriage of one of their children.  As is my habit, when I found the person I was looking for in the Census, I checked the page before and after.  Voila!  The following page to the main page contained a page entitled Nativity.  It included the names, ages, home country or State of each for the parents for each person in the Census!  In my case, since I was looking at a senior member of the family, I got to see, in one glance, her parents (this verified the information found in the Archive in Prague), and the children and an unknown sibling!  Plus it gave me the maiden name of the child’s wife too!  WONDERFUL stuff!  Then I was able to augment these names with some nice finds in the newspapers via my Go To website, GenealogyBank.com!  Needless to say, this branch is coming together very nicely for me!

So whenever you are lucky enough to work on ancestors in Iowa, I suggest you hit the ‘5s’ first! 

They are great and I thank whomever it was in Iowa who decided to ask these questions!

Good searching and

Onward To Our Past!


  1. Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith Reply

    From a native born Iowan… 😉
    Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill 😉
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace" [http://thehomeplaceseries.blogspot.com/]
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

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