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Collection Time Period

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.

How to Use the Records

Use pension affidavits to learn your ancestor's death date, age at the time of death, and residences. They may contain information not found in any other available source.

Record Description

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

Pension affidavits include the following genealogical information:

  • 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

Record History

Pensions were granted by the state of Utah. These records cover about 20 percent of the individuals living in southern and eastern Utah

Why This Collection Was Created?

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.

Record Reliability

Affidavits are usually reliable, depending on the memory of the applicant and the records to which he had access.

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Sources of Information for This Collection:

Utah Blackhawk War Service Records; database FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/); from the Utah State Archives, Salt Lake City. FHL microfilm, 1 roll, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023


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