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| title= United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
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| record_type = Index to Pension Files
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| record_group_title =[http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/015.html Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs] 
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| start_year = 1861
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| end_year = 1934
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| micro_pub_nr = T288
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| micro_pub_title = [http://www.archives.gov/research/microfilm/t288.pdf General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934]
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| arrangement = Alphabetically by the surname of the veteran
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| NAID = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/563268 563268]
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| FS_URL_01 = [[General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934|General Index to Pension Files]]
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| FS_URL_02 = [[Union Pension Records|Union Pension Records]]
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| FS_URL_03 = [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1877095?collectionNameFilter=false 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows]
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| RW_URL_01 = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/300019?q=approved%20pension%20applications Case Files of Approved Applications of veterans Who Served in the Army and Navy Mainly in the Civil War and the War with Spain ("Civil War and Later Survivors' Certificates")]
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| RW_URL_02 = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/563386?q=civil%20war%20pension%20files Case Files of Disapproved Pension Applications of veterans of the Army and Navy Who Served Mainly in the Civil War and the War with Spain]
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| RW_URL_03 = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/300020?q=approved%20pension%20applications Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of the Army and Navy Who Served in the Civil War and the War with Spain]
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://www.archives.gov/research/military/pension-genealogy/1861-1934.html Microfilm Publication T288:General Index to Pension Files]
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| RW_URL_05 = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/563268?q=t288 National Archives General Index to Civil War and Later Pension Files]
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| RW_URL_06 = [http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2010/spring/civilwarpension.html NARA Civil War Pension Application Process]
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== Record Description ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1861 to 1934.
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The collection consists of the name index to pension files held at the National Archives. The files relate to service between 1861 and 1934. Most of the files are for Union Civil War service but also include the War with Spain, Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion and Regular U.S. military forces. The index is in alphabetical order.  
  
The collection consists of the name index to pension files held at the National Archives. The files relate to service between 1861 and 1916. Most of the files are for Union Civil War service but also include the War with Spain, Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion and Regular U.S. military forces. The index is in alphabetical order.  
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State and federal governments filed pension records so as to keep track of the fund leaving the treasuries to support the veterans and widows of wars. The applications are usually reliable, depending on the memory of the applicant and the records to which he had access.
  
The index was produced to provide easier access to the full pension application files.&nbsp;
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===To Browse This Collection===
  
This index covers service files between the years 1861 and 1916.&nbsp;
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{{Collection_Browse_Link
 
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State and federal governments filed pension records so as to keep track of the fund leaving the treasuries to support the veterans and widows of wars.&nbsp;The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints then obtained this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.
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Pension applications are usually reliable, depending on the memory of the applicant and the records to which he had access.
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
  
For a list of records by surnames currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1919699/waypoints Browse].
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'''Pension files''' often include the following information:  
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation
 
| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->Veterans Administration. United States, general index to pension files. Veterans Administration, Publications Service, Washington D.C.<!--bibdescend-->}}
 
 
 
[[United States, General Index to Pension Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
Pension files often include the following genealogical information:  
 
 
 
[[Image:US General Index to Pensions (11-0359) DGS 540757 90.jpg|thumb|right|US General Index to Pensions (11-0359) DGS 540757 90.jpg]]
 
  
 
*Name of the person claiming the pension  
 
*Name of the person claiming the pension  
 
*Service record of the soldier, including rank, company, and regiment  
 
*Service record of the soldier, including rank, company, and regiment  
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*Age
 
*Enlistment date  
 
*Enlistment date  
 
*Discharge date  
 
*Discharge date  
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*Death place of the soldier
 
*Death place of the soldier
  
The index to pension files also includes:
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Image ===
  
*Film number
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*Digital image numbers
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Image:US General Index to Pensions (11-0359) DGS 540757 90.jpg|General Index to Pensions
*Surname range
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</gallery>
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select the "Surname Range" category which takes you to the images<br>
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of the soldier with the pension.
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*The age and birth place of the soldier.
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*The state and county where the solider lived.
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*The dates of military service.
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*The military unit in which the solider served.
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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=== Search the Index ===
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|1919699|Browse Page|access=browse}}'''<br>
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Select '''Surname Range'''
  
Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors, whether war achievements or previously unknown biological information. To search for your ancestors in the index you will need to know their full names.
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Keep in mind:
  
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.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.  
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.  
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1919699 United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
For example:
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or&nbsp;cemetery records.  
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When you have located your ancestor in the General Index to Pension Files, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.  
*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
 
  
You may also find these search tips helpful:
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
  
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*Use the age to calculate a birth date.
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*Use the death dates to search for death certificates, mortuary, or cemetery records.
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*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
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*Use the birth date along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
  
*[http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=563268 National Archives Catalog Description]
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.  
*[http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1995/summer/navy-records-1861-1924. Pension Records]
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*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.
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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==Citing This Collection==
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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.
  
*[[General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934|General Index to Pension Files]]
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;Collection Citation:
*[[Union Pension Records|Union Pension Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication T288. Washington, D.C.: Veterans Administration, Publications Service, n.d.}}
  
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{{Record_Citation}}
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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{{Image_Citation}}
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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A suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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{{Contributor_invite}}
  
"United States, General Index to Pension Files 1861-1934" &nbsp; digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familySearch.org: accessed 18 January 2012). Mary E. Baker, widow of Jacob L Baker; citing Pension Files, Baker, Jacob-Baldwin, Julius A., image 72; National Archives and Records Center, Washington D.C., United States.
 
  
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Record Description
Record Type Index to Pension Files
Record Group RG 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Collection years 1861-1934
Microfilm Publication T288. General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. 544 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetically by the surname of the veteran
National Archives Identifier 563268
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of the name index to pension files held at the National Archives. The files relate to service between 1861 and 1934. Most of the files are for Union Civil War service but also include the War with Spain, Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion and Regular U.S. military forces. The index is in alphabetical order.

State and federal governments filed pension records so as to keep track of the fund leaving the treasuries to support the veterans and widows of wars. The applications are usually reliable, depending on the memory of the applicant and the records to which he had access.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Pension files often include the following information:

  • Name of the person claiming the pension
  • Service record of the soldier, including rank, company, and regiment
  • Age
  • Enlistment date
  • Discharge date
  • Date pension was filed
  • Whether an invalid, widow, or minor
  • Application number
  • Certificate number
  • Additional service information, including company and regiment
  • Death date of the soldier
  • Death place of the soldier

Collection Content

Sample Image

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the soldier with the pension.
  • The age and birth place of the soldier.
  • The state and county where the solider lived.
  • The dates of military service.
  • The military unit in which the solider served.

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
Select Surname Range

Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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?

When you have located your ancestor in the General Index to Pension Files, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.

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

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the death dates to search for death certificates, mortuary, or cemetery records.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the birth date along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • 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.

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
"United States, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication T288. Washington, D.C.: Veterans Administration, Publications Service, n.d.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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