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The collection consists of a card index to pension files located at the National Archives for service in the Indian Wars between 1817 and 1898. The files are part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publication T318.
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Citation for This Collection
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- Veterans Administration. United States, index to Indian wars pension files. National Archives and Records Center, Washington D.C.
The key genealogical facts found in the pension files may include the following information:
- Name of Soldier
- Name of spouse (sometimes)
- Date enlisted and discharged
- Additional Services
- Date of Filing
- Application Number
- Certificate Number
- File Number
- Filing date
How to Use the Record
To search for your ancestors in the index you will need to know their full names. Check the index for the surname and then the given name. 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.
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.
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information 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.
- The application or certificate number will lead you to the full pension record.
- The enlistment date and branch of service will lead you to the military service record.
- The service information may lead to a death or cemetery record.
- The bounty land information may lead you to a land grant record.
- The name and class of dependents can help you compile a family record.
- National Archives Access to Military Service and Pension Records
- Family Link Military Records Search
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"United States, Index to Indian Wars Pension Files, 1892-1926" digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 22 February 2012). Daniel Reagan, 12 June 1893; citing Pension Files, Reag-Smit, Image 9; National Archives and Records Center, Washington D.C., United States.