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Record Description

Most of the documents in the files are dated between 1911 and 1930, but there are a few files dated as late as the 1940s.

Pensions were granted by the state of Utah. These records cover about 20 percent of the individuals living in southern and eastern Utah. Pensions were issued to compensate widows and dependents of Indian War veterans for their service. Affidavits were created to help determine the eligibility of widows and dependents for compensation. Affidavits are usually reliable, depending on the memory of the applicant and the records to which he had access.

The typical file is about 10 to 12 pages and consists of a two-page affidavit detailing the veteran’s service, sworn affidavits from fellow servicemen, and other supporting documents that verify a veteran’s identity and service record. The affidavits are preprinted forms which were filled in by hand. The supporting documents were either handwritten on a sheet of paper or on a preprinted form. All documents were usually notarized.

Record Content

The records usually include the following:

  • Name of widow or dependent
  • Sex of widow or dependent
  • Relationship of widow or dependent to the veteran
  • Name of the veteran
  • Death date of the veteran
  • Age of the veteran at the time of death
  • Date of enrollment
  • Company
  • Captain
  • Residence at the time of service
  • Age at the time of service
  • Transfers of company
  • Length of service
  • Date released from service
  • Duties performed during service
  • Witnesses
  • Signature of widow or dependent

How to Use the Records

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the veteran
  • Identifying information such as death date or widow's name

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "_____________"
⇒Select the appropriate "_____________"
⇒Select the appropriate "_____________" 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 estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use pension affidavits to learn your ancestor's death date, age at the time of death, and residences
  • Use the names, dates and places of residence to locate other records such as census, church and land records

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Search the records of nearby military units.
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.

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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Utah Military Records

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Citations for This Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Utah Blackhawk War Service Records." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing Utah State Archives, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

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Image citation:

The citation for an image will be available on each image once the collection is published.


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