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 on the back of the population schedules. They listed pensioners' ages and persons with whom they were living. These names are 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 (1841; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1967) Digitized by the U.S. Census Bureau, and digitized by Google books. (FHL 973 X2pc 1967.) Indexes to this material include:

1890 List of Union Veterans. Along with the 1890 census, separate schedules were made of Union Civil War veterans or their widows. Confederate veterans were mistakenly listed as well.

  • 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.) Surviving schedules include Washington D.C., the eastern half of Kentucky, and the rest of the U.S. States in alphabetical order Louisiana through Wyoming, Indian territories, and U.S. ships and navy yards. 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
[STATE] - CENSUS - 1890 - INDEXES

Contents. Information the 1890 veterans schedules normally includes name, rank, company, name of regiment or vessel, date of enlistment, date of discharge, length of service, post office address, disability incurred, and remarks.

Uses. Veteran's schedules are useful as supplements to other census schedules. Surviving widow information hints at the death of a veteran. Use veterans schedules to identify military units, information needed to find further military records, and create of biographical sketch of a person's military service. Veterans schedules can also be used as clues to find residence, other genealogical sources from that neighborhood, and may lead to old soldier home, or veterans organization (Grand Army of the Republic GAR) records.

Indexes

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/

References

  • 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.