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Access the records: United States Civil War Federal Soldiers' Widows Claims, 1861-1934 .
The collection consists of images of pension records filed by federal soldiers' widows. Requests for pensions 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.
The key genealogical facts of these records may include:
- Soldier's full name
- Name of widow
- Infantry unit
- When soldier was commissioned
- Where soldier was commissioned
- Amount of pension
- Date pension started
- Miscellaneous information about the soldier such as death date and cause of death
How to Use the Record
To begin your search you will need to know:
- Widow's name
- Other identifying information such as the soldier's name and death date.
Search the Collection
To search the collection:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Case File Number and Year Range" 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.
If you are unable to locate your ancestor in the records look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
Related Wiki Articles
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865
- United States, Civil War and Later Pension Files Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Citation for This Collection
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.
- “United States Civil War Federal Soldiers' Widows Claims. ” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing Adjutant General’s Office, Washington, D.C. NARA.
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