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Record Description

This collection includes records of state pensions paid to Confederate veterans and to widows of Confederate veterans living in Mississippi. County pension reports, 1900-1933 and Confederate pension rolls, 1889-1935 are also included. There are also two censuses, an enumeration of veterans and widows dated 1907-1933 and an enumeration of indigent and disabled soldiers and dependents, 1863-1868.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mississippi Confederate Records, 1889-1942.

Record Content

Confederate Pension Records include only the following:

  • Name of pensioner/petitioner
  • County and post office where pension is sent
  • Date issued and number of warrant
  • Amount of payment

How To Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Soldier's name
  • Widow's or dependent's names
  • Approximate birth date or other identifying information

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒ Select Browse through images on the initial search page
⇒ Select the "County" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" 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 record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

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 age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • 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

  • It may be helpful to compile the entries for every person with the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Search the records for children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have received the pension.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • When searching the records keep in mind that in some cases the records were filed under the name of the widow or other dependent who received a pension.
  • 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.

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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

"Mississippi, Confederate Records, 1889-1942" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Chancery Courts. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Image Citation

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mississippi Confederate Records, 1889-1942.


 

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