United States Census Veterans Schedules

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1840 List of Pensioners When the 1840 census was taken, the enumerators listed living pensioners of the Revolutionary War or other military service; they listed pensioners' ages and persons with whom they were living. These names are published in:

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Service. (1841; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1967). (FHL 973 X2pc 1967.) An index to this is:
  • A General Index to a Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Service 1840. Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1965. (Book FHL 973 X2pc 1965; Fiche FHL 6046771.)

1890 List of Union Veterans Along with the 1890 census, schedules were made of Union Civil War veterans or their widows:

  • United States. Census Office. 11th Census, 1890. Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War. (Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1948). (FHL 338160-277.) Only the schedules for the states alphabetically from Kentucky (partial) through Wyoming exist. Military installations and ships, especially in the District of Columbia, follow Wyoming. These are on 118 films at the National Archives and the Family History Library. There are also published indexes for the states with surviving schedules, except Ohio and Pennsylvania. These indexes are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under


Veterans schedules are available on microfilm at the National Archives and the Family History Library and online.

1840 - Census of Pensioners, alphabetical by state

1890 - surviving schedules include Washington D.C., eastern Kentucky and the rest of the U.S. States in alphabetical order Louisiana through Wyoming, Indian territories, and U.S. ships and navy yards.

Historical Background

1840 - A listing was made of Revolutionary War pensioners on the back side of the 1840 population schedules.

1890 - Schedules were made of Union Civil War veterans or their widows. Confederate veterans were mistakenly listed as well.


1840 Information includes:

Age of the Veteran
Place where he was living
Name of the head of the household. Other federal military service pensioners in households. 

1890 Information includes:
                        Rank, company, name of regiment or vessel
                        Date of enlistment, date of discharge, length of service
                        Post office address
                        Disability incurred


Veteran's schedules can be used to:

                        Verify military service

                        Identify the specific military unit in which a person served

                        Trace Civil War veterans to their places of origin


1840 Federal Census

  • A General Index to A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Service, 1840. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1965. (FHL book 973 X2pc 1965 index; fiche 6046771; film 899835.)

The census of pensioners is published in:

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. (FHL book 973 X2pc 1840; film 2321.)

1890 Veterans Schedules

1890 schedules have been indexed for every state for which schedules exist.

  • Nelson, Ken 1890 U.S. Census : Index to Surviving Population Schedules and Register of Film Numbers to the Special Census of Union Veterans, Salt Lake City, Utah : Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Library, c1984, c1991 HL: US/CAN Book 973 X2na .

Ancestry has images and every name indexes of this schedule as part of its 1890 Census Substitute. 

Web Sites

Ancestry.com:  http://content.ancestry.com/

1840 Census of Pensioners:  http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/colonial/census/1840/


  • William Dollarhide, The Census Book: A Genealogist's Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes. (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1999.) (FHL 973 X27d). WorldCat entry.
  • Loretto Dennis Szucs, and Matthew Wright, Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records. (Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 2001) (FHL 973 X27s). WorldCat entry.