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Record Description

This database contains images of Confederate pension applications for the years 1898 to 1950. These records were created at the state level and therefore there are some variations in the qualifications for receiving aid and the amounts of aid between the states. Applications were sent to the state where the veteran or his dependents lived at the time of application, which was often not the state in which the veteran had enlisted or served.

In 1898 Louisiana began granting pensions to Confederate veterans or their widows. In most states the pension system began with providing pensions to injured veterans and then later expanded to include veteran’s widows or other dependents. In addition to Louisiana, Confederate pensions were also granted in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Pension applications were created to provide a way for veterans or their widows to obtain financial assistance after serving in the military. The information in these records is generally reliable.

Record Content

Information found in applications submitted by the veteran may include some or all of the following:

  • Applicant's name
  • Date application was filed
  • Date and place of birth
  • Current residence and length of residency
  • Company, regiment and branch of service
  • Dates and places of enlistment and discharge
  • Nature of wounds received
  • Sworn statements on proof of service by comrades
  • Names of witnesses
  • War department service abstracts

If the application was submitted by the widow of the veteran it may also include the following:

  • Wife's full name and age
  • Number of children and their gender
  • Date and place of marriage to the veteran
  • Date and place of the veteran's death

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the pensioner
  • Identifying information such as birth date and place and residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select "Beginning name-Ending name" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images 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.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial 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.
  • When searching for an application keep in mind that in some cases the applications were filed under the name of the widow or other dependent who submitted the application.
  • Applications were sent in to and processed by the state where the veteran or family member lived at the time, which was not always the state in which the soldier had served.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Louisiana, Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Baton Rouge.

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