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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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| title=United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926  
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| LOC_01 =
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| record_type =  Pension Records Card Index
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| record_group_nr = 15
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| record_group_title = [https://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/015.html Records of the Veterans Administration]
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| start_year = 1887
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| end_year = 1926
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| alt_flag_desc = US Flag 1877-1890 (38 stars)
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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 = [[GuidedResearch:United States|United States Guided Research]]
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| FS_URL_02 = [[United States Record Finder]]
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| FS_URL_03 = [[United States Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
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| FS_URL_04 = [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1987567?collectionNameFilter=true Mexican War Service Records Index]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[US Mexican War Pension Records|US Mexican War Pension Records]]
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| FS_URL_06 = [[US Mexican War Society Records]]
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| FS_URL_07 = [[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848]]
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| FS_URL_08 = [[United States]]
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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://dmwv.org/research.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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== What is in This Collection?  ==
  
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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 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.
  
== Record Description ==
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'''Copies of pension files are available from the National Archives. To request copies follow the instructions in the following link. [http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/pre-ww-1-records.html Requesting  Pre-WWI Service Records]'''  
  
The collection consists of a card index to Mexican War pension files for the years 1887 to 1926. 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.
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===To Browse This Collection===
  
 
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== Record Content  ==
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 
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The following information may be found in these records:
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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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The records usually contain the following:  
 
  
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'''Pension'''
 
*Name of Soldier  
 
*Name of Soldier  
 
*Name of spouse (sometimes)  
 
*Name of spouse (sometimes)  
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*Filing date
 
*Filing date
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Image ===
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
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Image:United States, Index to Mexican War Pension Files DGS 5189109 136.jpg|1887 Index to Mexican War Pension Files
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*Name
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== How Do I Search This Collection?  ==
*Parish of residence
 
  
=== Search the 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
  
'''To search the collection by name:'''<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.
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=== Search the Index ===
 
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{{Search Collection Link
'''To browse by image:'''<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  
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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.  
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|1979390|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':
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# Select '''Surname Range, Volume Number''' to view the images.<br><br>
  
With either search keep in mind:  
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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.}}
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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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]].
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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==What Do I Do Next?==
  
=== Using the Information  ===
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*The application or certificate number will lead you to the full pension record
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*The enlistment date and branch of service will lead you to the military service record
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*The service information may lead to a death or cemetery record
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*The bounty land information may lead you to a land grant record
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*The name and class of dependents can help you compile a family record
  
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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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm 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.
 
 
 
=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
 
 
 
*Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
 
*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
 
 
 
=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ===
 
  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.  
 
*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.
 
*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.
  
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=== Research Helps ===
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in [[United States Genealogy|the United States]].
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* [[US Military Basic Search Strategies]]
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* [[Beginning US Mexican War Research]]
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* [[GuidedResearch:United States|United States Guided Research]]
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* [[United States Record Finder]]
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* [[United States Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
  
 
== Related Collection on Historical Records ==
 
== Related Collection on Historical Records ==
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1852758 Mormon Battalion Pension Files]
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1852758 Mormon Battalion Pension Files]
  
== Related Websites  ==
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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.
*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2588092?q=mexican%20war%20pensions%20index National Archives Name Index to Mexican War Pensions]
 
*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1104361?q=*:* National Archives Case Files of Mexican War Pension Applications]
 
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/order/order-vets-records.html National Archives Access to Military Service and Pension Records]
 
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/military/mexican-war.html National Archives Military Resources: Mexican War,1846-1848]
 
*[http://www.dmwv.org/mwvets/vgindex.htm Mexican War Veteran Research]
 
*[http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/mexicanwar/ Library of Congress A Guide to the Mexican War]
 
*[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  ==
 
  
*[[US Mexican War Pension Records|US Mexican War Pension Records]]
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*[[US Mexican War Society Records]]
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{{Record_Citation}}
*[[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848]]
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{{Image_Citation}}
 
 
== How You Can Contribute  ==
 
  
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
 
{{Contributor_invite}}
 
{{Contributor_invite}}
  
==Citations for 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. <br>
 
  
'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926" Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Adjutant General's Office. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}} <br><br>
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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'''Image Citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
 
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[[Category:NARA_Military_Records]]
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[[Category:Mexican War, 1846-1848]]

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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.

Related Collection on Historical Records[edit | edit source]

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.