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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.

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

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information for collections published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Mississippi, Confederate Records, 1889-1942" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Chancery Courts. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

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
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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

To search the collection, you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial search page
⇒ Select the "County" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" categiry 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.

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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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Mississippi Confederate Records, 1889-1942," images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/: accessed 28 March 2012), Choctaw > Confederate pension reports, 1902-1932 > image 113 of 355; entry for Alexander, E., petition report filed June 1910; citing Mississippi Confederate Records, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Mississippi, United States, FHL digital images, 167,950 images. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.


 

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