Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Missouri, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Pension Applications
Collection years 1911-1938
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What Is In This Collection?

This collection contains digital images of Confederate pension files and applications for admission to the Confederate soldiers' home for the years 1911 to 1938. The applications are arranged in alphabetical order. The pensions are for Confederate veterans who were living in Missouri, although they may have enlisted from another state. The Confederate Soldiers’ Home in Higginsville, Missouri, was open for infirm and dependent former Confederate soldiers and sailors, their wives, widows, and orphans.

Service records were kept for each Confederate soldier. Those records, or abstracts of those records, were compiled into individual files. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier.

These records were created as permanent record of Confederate service and to determine eligibility for benefits and admission to the soldier’s home.

The information in these records is generally reliable. However, some of it depends on personal memory so it still may contain inaccuracies, such as slightly altered spellings and dates or misinterpretations.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Soldier’s name and place of residence
  • Date of application
  • Dates of service
  • Birth date or age
  • Birthplace
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of dependent children
  • Death date, if deceased
  • Military unit in which served
  • Commanding officers of company and regiment
  • Witnesses declaring veracity of statement

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The birth date of your ancestor.

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Pension Record Type
  2. Select the Beginning name - Ending name which takes you to the images.

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.

Remember to:

  • Whenever possible, look at the original record. If often has more information than the indexed record.
  • Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.
  • In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation found on each record or image. Familysearch wiki has a Example Research Log that you can download and use for this purpose.


What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find the Person 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 in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. 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. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Missouri, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Missouri Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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

"Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Adjutant General's Office. Department of Records and Archives, Jefferson City.

Image Citation:
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