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| RW_URL_01 =[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/563315?q=war%20of%201812 National Archives Index to war of 1812 Pension Application Files]
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| RW_URL_02 =[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/564415?q=war%20of%201812%20pension%20applications National Archives War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files]
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| RW_URL_03 =[http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1991/winter/war-of-1812.html Genealogical Records of the War of 1812]
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| RW_URL_04 =[http://www.usdaughters1812.org/librarypublic.html National Society United States Daughters of 1812 Library]
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| RW_URL_05 =[http://www.usdaughters1812.org/dbLaunch.html National Society United States Daughters of 1812 Ancestor Database]
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| RW_URL_06 =[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_08 =[http://www.gsw1812.org/ General Society War of 1812]
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| RW_URL_09 =[http://www.preservethepensions.org/ War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project]
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== What is in This Collection?  ==
  
== Collection Time Period  ==
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Index to pension applications for service in the War of 1812. Most of the pension were granted based on two acts passed by Congress in 1871 and 1878. The files cover the years from 1812 to 1910 and is arranged alphabetically by veteran's name. The images are the face side of the file jackets. Most of the files are for veterans and their widows who were on the pension rolls in the 1870s and 1880s. The last pensioned veteran died in 1905. Widows continued to receive pensions after that date. The index is from National Archives microfilm publication M313 and is part of Record Group 15 Records of the Department of Veteran Affairs.
  
This collection includes records for the years 1812 to 1905.
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
  
== Record Description  ==
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'''Information found in these records varies greatly depending on the type of service rendered'''. However the following facts are usually found in the records:
  
This is an index to pension applications which corresponds to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publication M313. It is arranged alphabetically by veteran's name. The images are the face side of the file jackets. Most of the files are for veterans and widows who were on the pension rolls in the 1870s and 1880s. The last pensioned veteran died in 1905. Widows continued to receive pensions after that date.
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*Name of soldier
 
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*Name of widow
The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and the British Empire, including Great Britain, Canada, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. The Treaty of Ghent, which became effective on February 18, 1815, ended the war. With the signing of the treaty the U.S. and Britain recognized the pre-war boundaries between the United States and Canada, and gave the United States fishing rights to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. 
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*Military unit in which served
 
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*Date of enlistment and discharge date
== Citation for This Collection  ==
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*Birth date of soldier
 
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*Marriage date of soldier and widow
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
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*Maiden name of widow
 
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*Death date of soldier
{{Collection citation
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*Death date of widow
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=== Record Content  ===
 
 
 
Genealogical information found in these records varies greatly depending on the type of service rendered. However the following key facts are usually found in the records:
 
 
 
[[Image:United States Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files (10-0291) DGS 4596530 68.jpg|thumb|right]]
 
 
 
*Military Enlistment Date
 
*Military Discharge Date  
 
*Birth date  
 
*Family Information (Including kids and if he is married or not)
 
*Marriage Dates
 
*Death Certificates
 
*Pages from Family Bibles
 
*Family Letters
 
 
*Discharge Papers  
 
*Discharge Papers  
 
*Other Supporting Papers
 
*Other Supporting Papers
  
The section of the Index of 1812 pension application cards that reads “Service” may often include the rank of the solider followed by the name of the unit that he was assigned to. That may be confusing because the units are named after commanding officers.  
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The section of the Index of 1812 pension application cards that reads “Service” may often include the rank of the solider followed by the name of the unit that he was assigned to. That may be confusing because the units are named after commanding officers.
 
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'''You will need to view the image to see all of the information on the pension index card.'''
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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.  
 
  
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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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Image ===
  
For example:  
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*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.  
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The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and the British Empire, including Great Britain, Canada, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. The Treaty of Ghent, which became effective on February 18, 1815, ended the war. With the signing of the treaty the U.S. and Britain recognized the pre-war boundaries between the United States and Canada, and gave the United States fishing rights to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  
*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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This documents individuals who fought in the War of 1812. These records are generally reliable.
  
*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.
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== How Do I Search This Collection?  ==
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
*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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* The full name of the soldier
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*The birth date and birth place of the soldier
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*The name of the soldier's widow
  
For more information see the wiki article: [[Steps for research in United States Military Records|Steps for research in United States Military Records]].
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=== Search the Index ===
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1834325 United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910]. 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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=== 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]].
  
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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== What Do I Do Next ?==
  
To document individuals who fought in the War of 1812.
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date
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*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records
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*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records
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*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
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  
These records are generally reliable.
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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
  
== Related Websites  ==
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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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*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
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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/northeast/boston/public/military-records-waltham.html#war1812 National Archives Waltham, MA]
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===Record Finder ===
*[http://www.archives.gov/pacific/archives/riverside/finding-aids/microfilm-military.html National Archives Laguna-Niguel, CA]
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Consult the [[United States Record Finder]] to search other records.
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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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.
  
*[[US Military Pension Records|US Military Pension Records]]
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;Collection Citation:
*[[US War of 1812 Pension Records|US War of 1812 Pension Records]]
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"United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910." Database and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M313. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  
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"United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910" index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]: accessed 15 September 2011). &nbsp;Wills Jones, &nbsp;citing Military Records, FHL microfilm 840482; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States.
 
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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Record Type Index to Pension Applications
Record Group RG 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773-2007
Collection years 1812-1910
Microfilm Publication M313. Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files.. 102 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetically by name of veteran
National Archives Identifier 563315
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What is in This Collection?

Index to pension applications for service in the War of 1812. Most of the pension were granted based on two acts passed by Congress in 1871 and 1878. The files cover the years from 1812 to 1910 and is arranged alphabetically by veteran's name. The images are the face side of the file jackets. Most of the files are for veterans and their widows who were on the pension rolls in the 1870s and 1880s. The last pensioned veteran died in 1905. Widows continued to receive pensions after that date. The index is from National Archives microfilm publication M313 and is part of Record Group 15 Records of the Department of Veteran Affairs.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information found in these records varies greatly depending on the type of service rendered. However the following facts are usually found in the records:

  • Name of soldier
  • Name of widow
  • Military unit in which served
  • Date of enlistment and discharge date
  • Birth date of soldier
  • Marriage date of soldier and widow
  • Maiden name of widow
  • Death date of soldier
  • Death date of widow
  • Discharge Papers
  • Other Supporting Papers

The section of the Index of 1812 pension application cards that reads “Service” may often include the rank of the solider followed by the name of the unit that he was assigned to. That may be confusing because the units are named after commanding officers. You will need to view the image to see all of the information on the pension index card.

Collection Content

Sample Image

The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and the British Empire, including Great Britain, Canada, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. The Treaty of Ghent, which became effective on February 18, 1815, ended the war. With the signing of the treaty the U.S. and Britain recognized the pre-war boundaries between the United States and Canada, and gave the United States fishing rights to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

This documents individuals who fought in the War of 1812. These records are generally reliable.

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of the soldier
  • The birth date and birth place of the soldier
  • The name of the soldier's widow

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


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 ?

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

  • 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
  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial 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
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • 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

Record Finder

Consult the United States Record Finder to search other 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, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910." Database and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M313. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

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