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Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939
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Arkansas, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Pensions
Collection years 1891-1939
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Records of the Arkansas State Auditor's Office consisting of minutes of the State Board of Pensions with lists of pension claims allowed from February 3, 1893 to August 9, 1905; August 5, 1907 to 1916; and June 14, 1929 to September 1, 1939; Registers of Pension Warrants Issued between August 27, 1891 and December 15, 1939 which is a record of payments made.

The U.S. pension law governing claims based on death or disability from military service was passed on 14 July 1862. Later pension laws were based on length of service and disability not necessarily incurred in the service. Beginning in 1892 women who were employed as nurses by the government were also eligible for pensions.

Pensions were granted to Confederate veterans, widows, and orphans by the former Confederate states. Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia have posted indexes and some links to images of Confederate pension records. The Family History Library has an excellent collection of available Confederate pension records. Those for the following states are available on film at the Family History Library.

Pensions were created to provide financial assistance for veterans or their widows after serving in the military. The information in these records is generally reliable.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Pension

  • Full Name of pensioner
  • Pension Date Issued
  • Warrant Number
  • Amount Allowed
  • Amount Paid
  • The name of the County

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the soldier or widow
  • The age or residence of the pensioner
  • The date the pension was issued

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Pension Board minutes or Pension Lists
  2. Select the Year Range and County Range to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the State Auditor's Office, Little Rock.

I Found the Person I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for additional military records
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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Arkansas.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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