Utah, Indian War Service Affidavits (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Utah, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Military
Collection years 1909-1917
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State Archives, Salt Lake City


What Is in the Collection?

The collection consists of images to service affidavits of veterans who served in the militia during the Indian Wars. The collection is numerical by box and folder, then alphabetical by surname. There are three types of affidavit forms:

  • Soldier
  • Widow or child
  • Witnesses

In most cases, there will be two images per affidavit. The collection covers the years 1909 to 1917. The Indian War lasted between 1865 and 1890. Nineteen years after the war ended the legislature created a Board of Commissioners of Indian War Records. The board was responsible for collecting the names of war veterans. Veterans completed affidavits of service while two witnesses also completed supporting affidavits. The affidavits were then filed in the office of the chairman of the board, the Adjutant General of the State, and were used to verify pension claims. These records are generally reliable, but depend on the memory of the veteran or the knowledge of the wife or children.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Utah, Indian War Service Affidavits, 1909-1917.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The affidavits are written on a pre-printed form and may provide:

  • Veteran's name
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Name of the county in which he took an oath
  • Date of enrollment
  • Type of company
  • Captain's name
  • Length of service
  • Transfer dates
  • Description of duties
  • Date of release
  • Names of two witnesses

If a veteran was deceased, his wife or children could fill out an affidavit in his place.

Collection Content

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How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person *The name of a parent or date of the event

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  1. Select Surname Range, Box Number and Folder Number

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.

What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
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  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Utah, Indian War Service Affidavits, 1909-1917." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. State Archives, Salt Lake City.

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