United States, Old War Pension Index - FamilySearch Historical Records
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United States Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926
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|Record Type||Index to Pension Files|
|Record Group||RG 15: Records of the Veterans Administration|
|Microfilm Publication||T316. Old Wars Index to Pension Files, 1815-1926. 7 rolls.|
|Arrangement||Arrange alphabetically by the name of the veteran.|
|National Archives Identifier||2601038 1105306|
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of a card index to pension files located at the National Archives for service in the Regular Army, Navy or Marine Corps between 1815 and 1926. This collection is part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publications T316. The event date and place represent the earliest filing of either the veteran or dependent.
Copies of pension files are available from the National Archives. To request copies follow the instructions in the following link. Requesting Pre-WWI Service Records
Coverage Table of selected pension case files that have been digitized: United States, National Archives, RG 15, Pension Applications, Service Between 1783-1861 (Old Wars)
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Name of veteran
- Names and class of dependents
- Rank and military unit in which served
- Enlistment date
- Discharge date
- Additional service information
- Date of filing for pension
- Application filing number
- Certificate number
- File number
- Bounty land information
- Other remarks
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
To begin your search for you will need to know:
- The full name of your ancestor
- The name of your ancestor's spouse
- The names of your ancestor's children
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Search for the full pension record
- Search for the the military service record
- Search for a death or cemetery record
- Search for a bounty land grant record
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names
- Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned
- Even though names are searchable, alias names are grouped with both the given name and surname. This can be very confusing
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.
- United States Guided Research
- United States Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Old wars index to pension files, 1815-1926
- Index to Indian War pension files, 1892-1926
- Index to Mexican War pension files, 1887-1926
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
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- United States Naval Enlistment Rendezvous, 1855-1891
- United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937
- United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926
- United States Index to Indian Wars Pension Files, 1892-1926
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]
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