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Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1887 to 1942.

This collection consists of two card indexes to widows who had applied for a pension renewal. The first covers service between1812-1860 and is NARA microfilm publication M1784. The second covers service in the Civil War and later and is NARA microfilm publication M1785. Both indexes are part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration. The files are located at the National Archives.

For a list of records by dates and surnames currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Record Content

  • Name of claimant (person claiming pension)
  • Name of soldier
  • Military unit in which soldier served including rank, company and regiment
  • Application number
  • Date of filing
  • Remarks

How to Use the Record

To search for your ancestors in the index you will need to know their full names.

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To search the collection image by image, you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Years of Service"
⇒ Select the "Surname Range" which takes you to the images

Search the collection by image 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.

For tips about searching on-line collections, see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s index entry use the information to locate the pension record. The pension record may give you new biographical details about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.

You may also find these search tips helpful:

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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Access to Military Service and Pension Records

Related Wiki Articles

US Military Pension Records

Contributions to This Article

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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

"United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1784 and M1785. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.


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 United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942.


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 United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942.


 

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