General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934

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The pension files that this index and the "Organizational Index" refer to have not been filmed and are only available at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. You can [http://www.archives.gov/forms order copies] from the National Archives. The archives staff will copy only selected documents unless you specifically request copies of all the documents in the file.
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The actual pension records that the "Organization Index" and "General Index" cards refer to are currently only available through the National Archives. See [[Union Pension Records#Civil War ‘Widows’ Pensions|Civil War ‘Widows’ Pensions]] for more information.
  
 
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Revision as of 21:52, 18 April 2012

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"General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934" (NARA T288) The collection relates to service between 1861 and 1916. This index is similar to the "Organization Index". It is arranged in a different format, however. The index is arranged by the veteran’s or widow’s name and his unit, rank, date and application number, certificate number if accepted, and state of filing.


The actual pension records that the "Organization Index" and "General Index" cards refer to are currently only available through the National Archives. See Civil War ‘Widows’ Pensions for more information.

Content of the Records:

  • Name
  • Name of dependent (widow or child)
  • Service (often company and regiment)
  • Date of application filing
  • Application number
  • Certificate number (if pension was approved)
  • State where application was filed
  • Attorneys name
  • Remarks

Online

A wiki article describing the above online collection is found at:

Libraries

See also