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Contents

Record Description

The records consist of images of pension applications and an alphabetical index. They were filed by surviving former Confederate soldiers who lived in Kentucky or their widows. The records cover the years 1912 to 1950.

Record Content

The index includes the following information:

  • Application number
  • Full name of applicant

The following information is found on most Confederate soldier's pension applications in Kentucky:

  • Application number
  • Full name of widow (applicant)
  • Residence
  • Length of residence in Kentucky
  • Birth date and place
  • Maiden name
  • Full name of soldier
  • Who performed the marriage ceremony (A copy of the marriage certificate or license may also be attached.)
  • Enlistment date
  • Company and regiment
  • Length of service
  • When and where did the company and regiment surrender
  • Was the soldier present at the time of surrender
  • Reason if not present at the time of surrender
  • Death date and place of soldier
  • If the couple was living together at the time of death
  • Second marriage information
  • Property owned by the widow
  • Family of the widow
  • Witness for the widow
  • Date and place of signing

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know

  • Your ancestor's name
  • Some other identifying information such as birth date or residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Application Number Range" category 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 application, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. The pieces of information in the record 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:

  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.
  • 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

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful if the surname is uncommon.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension. Keep in mind that in some cases the applications were filed under the name of the widow or other dependent.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Applications were sent 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 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.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Related Websites

Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Kentucky, Confederate Pension Applications, 1912-1950" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Confederate Pension Board. Historical Society, Frankfort.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Kentucky Confederate Pensions Applications, 1912-1950.

 

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