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The collection consists of a card index to Mexican War pension files for the years 1887 to 1926. The collection is located at the National Archives. The soldiers served between 1846 and 1848. The records are a part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publication T317. The event date and place represent the earliest filing of either the veteran or widow.
For a list of records by surnames currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
The records usually contain the following:
- Name of Soldier
- Name of spouse (sometimes)
- Date enlisted and discharged
- Additional Services
- Date of Filing
- Application Number
- Certificate Number
- File Number
- Filing date
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- Parish of residence
Search the Collection
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If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image.
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page.
⇒Select the "Surname Range, Volume Number" which takes you to the images
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person 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.
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Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records. For example:
- The application or certificate number will lead you to the full pension record.
- The enlistment date and branch of service will lead you to the military service record.
- The service information may lead to a death or cemetery record.
- The bounty land information may lead you to a land grant record.
- The name and class of dependents can help you compile a family record.
- National Archives Access to Military Service and Pension Records
- Family Link Military Records Search
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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, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926" Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Adjutant General's Office. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.