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United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926
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Record Description
Record Type Pension Records Card Index
Record Group RG 15: Records of the Veterans Administration
Collection years 1887-1926
Microfilm Publication T317. Index to Mexican War Pension Files, 1887-1926. 14 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetically by surname of veteran
National Archives Identifier 2588092
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of a card index to Mexican War pension files for the years 1887 to 1926. Pensions were first granted to Mexican War veterans and widows based on the act of January 29, 1887. Eligibility requirement included 60 day service, or were actually engaged in battle, honorably discharged and at least 62 years of age. The act included widows who had not remarried. Veterans may also have received bounty land. The pension files are located at the National Archives. The soldiers served between 1846 and 1848. The records are a part of Record Group 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publication T317. The event date and place represent the earliest filing of either the veteran or widow.

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

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Pension

  • Name of Soldier
  • Name of spouse (sometimes)
  • Rank
  • Date enlisted and discharged
  • Additional Services
  • Date of Filing
  • Class
  • Application Number
  • Certificate Number
  • File Number
  • Filing date

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

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

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The place where your ancestor resided
  • The approximate age of your ancestor
  • The name of the soldier's spouse
  • The names of other family members or associates

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 Surname Range, Volume Number to view the images.

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]

  • The application or certificate number will lead you to the full pension record
  • The enlistment date and branch of service will lead you to the military service record
  • The service information may lead to a death or cemetery record
  • The bounty land information may lead you to a land grant record
  • The name and class of dependents can help you compile a family record

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • 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.

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