United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
This collection includes records for the years 1812 to 1905.  
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This is an index to pension applications which corresponds to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publication M313. It covers the years from 1812 to 1910 and is arranged alphabetically by veteran's name.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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The images are the face side of the file jackets. Most of the files are for veterans and their widows who were on the pension rolls in the 1870s and 1880s. The last pensioned veteran died in 1905. Widows continued to receive pensions after that date.
  
This is an index to pension applications which corresponds to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publication M313. It is arranged alphabetically by veteran's name. The images are the face side of the file jackets. Most of the files are for veterans and widows who were on the pension rolls in the 1870s and 1880s. The last pensioned veteran died in 1905. Widows continued to receive pensions after that date.
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==== Historical Information About These Records ====
  
=== Record Content  ===
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The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and the British Empire, including Great Britain, Canada, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. The Treaty of Ghent, which became effective on February 18, 1815, ended the war. With the signing of the treaty the U.S. and Britain recognized the pre-war boundaries between the United States and Canada, and gave the United States fishing rights to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.&nbsp;
  
[[Image:United States Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files (10-0291) DGS 4596530 68.jpg|thumb|right]] Genealogical information found in these records varies greatly depending on the type of service rendered. However the following key facts are usually found in the records:
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
*Military Enlistment Date
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
*Military Discharge Date  
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*Birth date  
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{{Collection citation| text=<!--bibdescbegin--> Veterans Administration. "United States, Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files." NARA microfilm publication M313. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. : n.d.<!--bibdescend--> }}
*Family Information (Including kids and if he is married or not)
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*Marriage Dates
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[[United States, Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
*Death Certificates
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*Pages from Family Bibles
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== Record Content  ==
*Family Letters
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Image:United States Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files  (10-0291) DGS 4596530 68.jpg|Application File
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Genealogical information found in these records varies greatly depending on the type of service rendered. However the following key facts are usually found in the records:
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The record documents individuals who fought in the War of 1812.
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These records are generally reliable.
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*Name of soldier
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*Name of widow
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*Military unit in which served
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*Date of enlistment and discharge date
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*Birth date of soldier
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*Marriage date of soldier and widow
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*Maiden name of widow
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*Death date of soldier
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*Death date of widow
 
*Discharge Papers  
 
*Discharge Papers  
 
*Other Supporting Papers
 
*Other Supporting Papers
  
The section of the Index of 1812 pension application cards that reads “Service” may often include the rank of the solider followed by the name of the unit that he was assigned to. That may be confusing because the units are named after commanding officers.  
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<br>The section of the Index of 1812 pension application cards that reads “Service” may often include the rank of the solider followed by the name of the unit that he was assigned to. That may be confusing because the units are named after commanding officers.  
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== 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.  
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To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the ''“DGS Film Number”'' which takes you to the images.
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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.
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<br>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.  
 
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. For example:  
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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.  
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For example:  
  
 
*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.  
 
*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
  
You may also find these search tips helpful:  
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<br>You may also find these search tips helpful:  
  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
For more information see the wiki article: [[Steps for research in United States Military Records|Steps for research in United States Military Records]]  
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For more information see the wiki article: [[Steps for research in United States Military Records|Steps for research in United States Military Records]]. <br>
 
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== Record History  ==
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The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and the British Empire, including Great Britain, Canada, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. The Treaty of Ghent, which became effective on February 18, 1815, ended the war. With the signing of the treaty the U.S. and Britain recognized the pre-war boundaries between the United States and Canada, and gave the United States fishing rights to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
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=== Why this Record Was Created  ===
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To document individuals who fought in the War of 1812.
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=== Record Reliability  ===
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These records are generally reliable.  
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/public/military-records-waltham.html#war1812 National Archives Waltham, MA]  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/public/military-records-waltham.html#war1812 National Archives Waltham, MA]
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*[http://www.archives.gov/pacific/archives/riverside/finding-aids/microfilm-military.html National Archives Laguna-Niguel, CA]
  
[http://www.archives.gov/pacific/archives/riverside/finding-aids/microfilm-military.html National Archives Laguna-Niguel, CA]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[United States Military Records|United States Military Records]]  
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*[[US Military Pension Records|US Military Pension Records]]
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*[[US War of 1812 Pension Records|US War of 1812 Pension Records]]
  
=== Contributions To This Article  ===
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== Contributions To This Article  ==
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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<!--bibdescbegin-->"United States, Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files." Database, FamilySearch ([http://familysearch.org/ http://familysearch.org/]). National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. NARA M313. FHL microfilm, 102 reels. Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.  
  
The format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]]  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]  
  
=== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ===
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
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"United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910" index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org&nbsp;: accessed 02 Aug 2012), Stephen Easton; citing Military Records, FHL microfilm 840482; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States.
  
*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
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"United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910", index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 2August 2012),0046257467 &gt; image 900 of 928, Seth W. Porter, widow Cynthia Porter; citing Military Records, FHL microfilm 840482; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States.
  
 
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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This is an index to pension applications which corresponds to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publication M313. It covers the years from 1812 to 1910 and is arranged alphabetically by veteran's name.

The images are the face side of the file jackets. Most of the files are for veterans and their widows who were on the pension rolls in the 1870s and 1880s. The last pensioned veteran died in 1905. Widows continued to receive pensions after that date.

Historical Information About These Records

The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and the British Empire, including Great Britain, Canada, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. The Treaty of Ghent, which became effective on February 18, 1815, ended the war. With the signing of the treaty the U.S. and Britain recognized the pre-war boundaries between the United States and Canada, and gave the United States fishing rights to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. 

Citation for This Collection

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

Veterans Administration. "United States, Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files." NARA microfilm publication M313. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. : n.d.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Genealogical information found in these records varies greatly depending on the type of service rendered. However the following key facts are usually found in the records:

The record documents individuals who fought in the War of 1812.

These records are generally reliable.

  • Name of soldier
  • Name of widow
  • Military unit in which served
  • Date of enlistment and discharge date
  • Birth date of soldier
  • Marriage date of soldier and widow
  • Maiden name of widow
  • Death date of soldier
  • Death date of widow
  • Discharge Papers
  • Other Supporting Papers


The section of the Index of 1812 pension application cards that reads “Service” may often include the rank of the solider followed by the name of the unit that he was assigned to. That may be confusing because the units are named after commanding officers.

How to Use the Record

To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the “DGS Film Number” 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.


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.

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.


You may also find these search tips helpful:

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking 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.

For more information see the wiki article: Steps for research in United States Military Records.

Related Websites


Related Wiki Articles


Contributions To This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910" index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org&nbsp;: accessed 02 Aug 2012), Stephen Easton; citing Military Records, FHL microfilm 840482; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States.

"United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910", index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 2August 2012),0046257467 > image 900 of 928, Seth W. Porter, widow Cynthia Porter; citing Military Records, FHL microfilm 840482; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States.