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United States Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942
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Record Description
Record Group RG 15: Records of the Department of Veteran Affairs
Collection years 1887-1942
Microfilm Publication M1785. Index to Pension Application Files of Remarried Widows Based on Volunteer service in the Civil War and Later Wars and in the Regular Army After the Civil War. 7 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetically by sunrname.
National Archives Identifier 2589163
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records from 1887 to 1942.

This collection consists of two card indexes to widows who had applied for a pension renewal. The first covers service between1812-1860 and is NARA microfilm publication M1784. The second covers service in the Civil War and later and is NARA microfilm publication M1785. Both indexes are part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration. The files are located at the National Archives.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Pension

  • Name of claimant (person claiming pension)
  • Name of soldier
  • Military unit in which soldier served including rank, company and regiment
  • Application number
  • Date of filing
  • Remarks

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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

To search for your ancestors it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of the soldier
  • The state and county where the soldier lived
  • The name of the soldier's spouse

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 Years of Service
  2. 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]

  • Use the information found to locate additional military records
  • Use the information found to locate a marriage record
  • 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

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.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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