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== What Is in the Collection? ==
  
 
This collection is an index to approximately 20,000 pension application files of widows and other dependents of U.S. Navy veterans who served between 1861 and 1910. The applications are commonly referred to as "Navy Widows' Certificates.” Prior to approval, applications were termed "originals." When claims were approved, a new file number was issued, and the records were referred to as "certificates." This collection corresponds to “NARA publication M1279: Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans, ('Navy Widows' Certificates'), 1861-1910.” The index is arranged alphabetically and numerically.  
 
This collection is an index to approximately 20,000 pension application files of widows and other dependents of U.S. Navy veterans who served between 1861 and 1910. The applications are commonly referred to as "Navy Widows' Certificates.” Prior to approval, applications were termed "originals." When claims were approved, a new file number was issued, and the records were referred to as "certificates." This collection corresponds to “NARA publication M1279: Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans, ('Navy Widows' Certificates'), 1861-1910.” The index is arranged alphabetically and numerically.  
  
This is an index to the Widows’ Certificates Collection, which was compiled from documents submitted by applicants (which include proof of their relationships to the veterans) and also from records created by the government (such as requests for documentation, certificates, or more information).&nbsp;
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This is an index to the Widows’ Certificates Collection, which was compiled from documents submitted by applicants (which include proof of their relationships to the veterans) and also from records created by the government (such as requests for documentation, certificates, or more information). The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that even though this index is very accurate it still may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.
 
 
This is an index to records for the years 1861 to 1910.&nbsp;
 
 
 
This index was created to provide easier access to the Widows’ Certificates Collection.  
 
  
The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that even though this index is very accurate it still may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.
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== Collection Content  ==
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== What Can This Collection Tell Me? ==
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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Information found in this collection may include:
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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*Navy veteran’s full name
 
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*Rank and rate of pay
{{Collection citation| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->"Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : 2012. <!--bibdescend-->}}
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*Pay commenced on what date
 
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*Name of wife and children
[[United States Navy Widows' Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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*Petitioner's full name  
 
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*Petitioner's relationship to veteran  
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:
 
 
 
*Veteran’s full name
 
*Pensioner’s full name  
 
*Pensioner’s relationship to veteran  
 
 
*Application number  
 
*Application number  
*Certificate number  
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*Certificate number
*Reference information
 
  
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The name of your ancestor's spouse.
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*The names of your ancestor's children.
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1852605?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
  
To search for your ancestor in the index, you will need to know the ancestor’s full name. Check the index for the surname and then the given name. Use the locator information found in the index (such as application or certificate number) to locate your ancestor in the records. 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.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.  
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations. If the information was scanned, the index may include optical character recognition errors.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
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 (for example, the applicant and the ancestor) to make this determination.
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== What Do I Do Next?  ==
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Add this new information to your records. If you want to find further information about your ancestor, the pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records.  
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When you have located your ancestor’s military record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Add this new information to your records. If you want to find further information about your ancestor, the pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records.  
  
For example:
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
  
 
*Use death dates to look for death certificates, mortuary records, or burial records.  
 
*Use death dates to look for death certificates, mortuary records, or burial records.  
 
*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.  
 
*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.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
 
<br>You may also find these search tips helpful:
 
 
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.  
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Keep in mind that this is only an index to applications that were approved by the government. There are other case files at the National Archives and Records Administration (publication M1274 and M1391) that contain the applications that were rejected for various reasons.  
 
Keep in mind that this is only an index to applications that were approved by the government. There are other case files at the National Archives and Records Administration (publication M1274 and M1391) that contain the applications that were rejected for various reasons.  
  
== Related Websites  ==
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
 
 
[http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=561929 National Archives] description of the Navy Widows’ Certificates
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Union Pension Records|Union Pension Records]]
 
*[[US Military Pension Records|US Military Pension Records]]
 
*[[U.S. Navy|U.S. Navy]]
 
*[[US Military Branches|US Military Branches]]
 
  
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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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*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.
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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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.
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States Navy Widows' Certificates, 1861-1910." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing "Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans (Navy Widows' Certificates), 1861-1910." <i>Fold3.com</i>. http://www.fold3.com.}}
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
"United States, Navy Widows' Certificates, 1871-1910." &nbsp;dayabase, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org&nbsp;: accessed 02 Aug 2012), Melissa A Brown in entry for William H Brown, 1861-1910; citing Navy Widows' Certificates, certificate 1526. NARA publication number M1279; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
  
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection is an index to approximately 20,000 pension application files of widows and other dependents of U.S. Navy veterans who served between 1861 and 1910. The applications are commonly referred to as "Navy Widows' Certificates.” Prior to approval, applications were termed "originals." When claims were approved, a new file number was issued, and the records were referred to as "certificates." This collection corresponds to “NARA publication M1279: Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans, ('Navy Widows' Certificates'), 1861-1910.” The index is arranged alphabetically and numerically.

This is an index to the Widows’ Certificates Collection, which was compiled from documents submitted by applicants (which include proof of their relationships to the veterans) and also from records created by the government (such as requests for documentation, certificates, or more information). The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that even though this index is very accurate it still may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.

Collection Content

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Navy veteran’s full name
  • Rank and rate of pay
  • Pay commenced on what date
  • Name of wife and children
  • Petitioner's full name
  • Petitioner's relationship to veteran
  • Application number
  • Certificate number

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The name of your ancestor's spouse.
  • The names of your ancestor's children.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s military record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Add this new information to your records. If you want to find further information about your ancestor, the pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use death dates to look for death certificates, mortuary records, or burial records.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Keep in mind that this is only an index to applications that were approved by the government. There are other case files at the National Archives and Records Administration (publication M1274 and M1391) that contain the applications that were rejected for various reasons.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • 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.

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 Navy Widows' Certificates, 1861-1910." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing "Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans (Navy Widows' Certificates), 1861-1910." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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