Mississippi, Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Mississippi, Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1900-1974
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|Mississippi, United States|
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|Location of Mississippi|
|Record Type||Pension Applications|
- 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?
This collection includes applications for state pensions filed by Confederate veterans and by widows of Confederate veterans living in Mississippi. This collection covers the years 1900 to 1974.
In 1889 Mississippi began granting pensions to Confederate veterans. their widows and dependents. In most states the pension system began with providing pensions to injured veterans and then later expanded to include veteran’s widows or other dependents. In addition to Mississippi, Confederate pensions were also granted in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
To Browse This Collection
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The information will vary depending upon the record and may include any of the following:
- Name of soldier, widow, or dependents
- Date and place of birth
- Dates and places of enlistment and discharge
- Company in which served and its captain
- Length of service
- Name of regiment and its commander
- Details on wounds received
- Sworn statements on proof of service by comrades
- War Department service abstracts
- Place and length of residency in the state
- Date and place of marriage
- Date and place of the veteran's death
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The name of a relative or date of the event
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How Do I Analyze the Results?
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?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records
- Search for birth and marriage records
- Search for the family in census records
- Search for land and probate records
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?
- 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
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Mississippi.
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
- "Mississippi, Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1900-1974" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson.
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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