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{{US NARA HR Infobox
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| title=United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926  
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| record_type =  Pension Records Index
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| record_group_nr = 15
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| record_group_title = Records of the Veterans Administration
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| start_year = 1887
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| end_year = 1926
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| micro_pub_nr = T317
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| micro_pub_title = Index to Mexican War Pension Files, 1887-1926
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| micro_pub_rolls = 14
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| arrangement = Alphabetically by surname of veteran
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| NAID = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2588092?q=mexican%20war%20pensions%20index 2588092]
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| FS_URL_01 =[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1987567?collectionNameFilter=true Mexican War Service Records Index]
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| FS_URL_02 = [[US Mexican War Pension Records|US Mexican War Pension Records]]
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| FS_URL_03 = [[US Mexican War Society Records]]
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| FS_URL_04 = [[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848]]
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| RW_URL_01 = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2588092?q=mexican%20war%20pensions%20index National Archives Name Index to Mexican War Pensions]
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| RW_URL_02 = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1104361?q=*:* National Archives Case Files of Mexican War Pension Applications]
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://www.archives.gov/research/order/order-vets-records.html National Archives Access to Military Service and Pension Records]
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/military/mexican-war.html National Archives Military Resources: Mexican War,1846-1848]
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| RW_URL_05 = [http://www.dmwv.org/mwvets/vgindex.htm Mexican War Veteran Research]
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| RW_URL_06 = [http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/mexicanwar/ Library of Congress A Guide to the Mexican War]
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| RW_URL_07 = [http://usmexicanwar.org/ US-Mexican War Soldier Database Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park Federation of Genealogical Societies]
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| RW_URL=08 = [http://www.familylink.com/ppc/?ss=military%20pension%20records&pagename=ppcg&eng=ga&ft=1&gclid=COO89oXRyK0CFasaQgod5AO7hQ Family Link Military Records Search]
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== Record Description  ==
 
  
this Colection will include records from 1887 to 1926.
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== What is in This Collection?  ==
  
The collection consists of a card index to Mexican War pension files located at the National Archives for service between 1846 and 1848. The records are a part of RG 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.  
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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 no 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.
  
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/1979390/waypoints%7C Browse].
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===To Browse This Collection===
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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|CID=CID1979390
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.
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|title=United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926
 
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| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->Adjutant General's Office. United States, Mexican War Pension Index. National Archives, Washington D.C.<!--bibdescend-->}}  
 
 
 
[[United States, Index to Mexican War 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  ==
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Image ===
  
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:  
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Image:United States, Index to Mexican War Pension Files DGS 5189109 136.jpg|Index to Mexican War Pension Files
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== What Can This Collection Tell Me? ==
  
[[Image:United States, Index to Mexican War Pension Files DGS 5189109 136.jpg|thumb|right|Index to Mexican War Pension File]]
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The records usually contain the following:  
  
 
*Name of Soldier  
 
*Name of Soldier  
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*Filing date
 
*Filing date
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search This Collection?  ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The place where your ancestor resided.
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*The approximate age of your ancestor.
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*The name of the soldier's spouse.
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*The names of other family members or associates.
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1979390?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
  
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, Volume Number" category which takes you to the images<br>
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1979390/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>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, Volume Number" which takes you to the images  
  
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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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.  
  
To search for your ancestors in the index you will need to know their full names. Check the index for the surname and then the given name. 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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With either search keep in mind:
  
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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*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.
  
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.
 
  
'''For example:'''
 
  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1979390 United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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When you have located your ancestor in the Mexican War Pension Index, 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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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
 
*The application or certificate number will lead you to the full pension record.  
 
*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 enlistment date and branch of service will lead you to the military service record.  
Line 59: Line 119:
 
*The name and class of dependents can help you compile a family record.
 
*The name and class of dependents can help you compile a family record.
  
== Related Websites  ==
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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
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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.
  
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/order/order-vets-records.html National Archives Access to Military Service and Pension Records]
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== Related Collection on Historical Records ==
*[http://www.familylink.com/ppc/?ss=military%20pension%20records&pagename=ppcg&eng=ga&ft=1&gclid=COO89oXRyK0CFasaQgod5AO7hQ Family Link Military Records Search]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1852758 Mormon Battalion Pension Files]
  
[[US Mexican War Pension Records|US Mexican War Pension Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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==Citing This Collection==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
  
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;Collection Citation:
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"United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926" Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : accessed 2017. Citing Adjutant General's Office. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.
  
== 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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'''[[#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
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{{Contributor_invite}}
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
  
"United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926:" &nbsp;digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (htps://familysearch.org: accessed 8 February 2011). r Michael Mendez, Nov. 30, 1888; citing Pension Records, Mendenhall, William - Ott, William J, v. 8, Image 38; National Archives and Records Center, Washington D.C., United States.
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[[Category:NARA_Military_Records]]
  
[[Category:United_States|Military]]
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Record Description
Record Type Pension Records 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
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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National Archives and Records Administration



What is in This Collection?

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 no 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.

To Browse This Collection

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

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

The records usually contain the following:

  • 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

How Do I Search This Collection?

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 by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page.
⇒Select the "Surname Range, Volume Number" which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search 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.


What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor in the Mexican War Pension Index, 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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

Related Collection on Historical Records


Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation

"United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Adjutant General's Office. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

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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