United States Census Veterans Schedules

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1840 Veterans Schedules

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 Veterans Schedules

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

  • Ancestry.com. 1890 Veterans Schedules (database on-line). (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005). A subscription Internet site. Every name indexes and images to all veterans schedules except indexes to Ohio and Pennsylvania. Original data from: Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M123, 118 rolls); Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • 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.) These are on 118 films at the National Archives and the Family History Library. There are also published book 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


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.


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.


  • 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.