Georgia, Confederate Pension Rolls - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Georgia Confederate Pension Rolls, 1879-1920
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|Flag of Georgia|
|Location of Georgia|
|Record Type||Pension Files and Card Index]|
|Georgia Department of Archives and History|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The state of Georgia first granted pensions to Confederate veterans in 1879. Widows of Confederate veterans began receiving pensions in 1891. This collection consists of a Confederate Pension Records(card) index and images of veteran and widows pension records.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Name of soldier
- Name of spouse
- County living in
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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- The name of the individual
- The location or date of the event
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death
- Search for military service records
- Search for a military pension record
- Use the information to find additional family members
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
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- 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 Georgia.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning United States Civil War Research
- Locating a Confederate Civil War Soldier (1861–1865)
- Georgia Guided Research
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Virgin D. White,transcribed by, Index to Georgia Civil War Confederate Pension Files. Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical, 1996. FHL 975.8 M22w
- Ted O. Brooke and Linda Woodward Geiger. Index to Georgia's Confederate Pension Supplements. Cumming, Georgia: T. Brooke, 1999. FHL 975.8 M22b
- Patricia K. Jones. Pensions and Relief for Confederate Veterans and Widows of Georgia. Oakwood, Georgia:P.K. Jones, 2002. FHL 975.8 M2p
- Confederate Pension Rolls
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
- Georgia Confederate Home Records, 1901-1930
- Georgia Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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