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United States Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926
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Record Description
Record Type Index to Pension Files
Record Group RG 15: Records of the Veterans Administration
Collection years 1815-1926
Microfilm Publication T316. Old Wars Index to Pension Files, 1815-1926. 7 rolls.
Arrangement Arrange alphabetically by the name of the veteran.
National Archives Identifier 2601038
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of a card index to pension files located at the National Archives for service in the Regular Army, Navy or Marine Corps between 1815 and 1926. This collection is part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publications T316. The event date and place represent the earliest filing of either the veteran or dependent.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Pension

  • Name of veteran
  • Names and class of dependents
  • Rank and military unit in which served
  • Enlistment date
  • Discharge date
  • Additional service information
  • Date of filing for pension
  • Application filing number
  • Certificate number
  • File number
  • Bounty land information
  • Other remarks

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

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

To begin your search for you will need to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor
  • The name of your ancestor's spouse
  • The names of your ancestor's children

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Surname Range 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]

  • Search for the full pension record
  • Search for the the military service record
  • Search for a death or cemetery record
  • Search for a bounty land grant record

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

  • 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
  • Even though names are searchable, alias names are grouped with both the given name and surname. This can be very confusing
  • 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.

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:
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Image Citation:
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