United States, Old War Pension Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
The collection consists of a card index to pension files located at the National Archives for service in the Regular Army, Navy or Marine Corps between 1783 and 1861. This collection is part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publications T316.  
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The collection consists of a card index to pension files located at the National Archives for service in the Regular Army, Navy or Marine Corps between 1783 and 1861. This collection is part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publications T316. The event date and place represent the earliest filing of either the veteran or dependent.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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For a list of records by surnames currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1979425/waypoints Browse].
  
The index cards ask for the following information, but the information listed varies:
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== Record Content  ==
  
[[Image:US Old War Index DGS 5189116 49.jpg|thumb|right]]
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The index cards ask for the following information, but the information given will vary: <gallery>
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Image:US Old War Index DGS 5189116 49.jpg|Old War Index
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*Name  
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*Name of veteran
*Name and class of dependents  
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*Names and class of dependents  
*Branch of service
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*Rank and military unit in which served
*Rank  
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*Enlistment date  
 
*Enlistment date  
 
*Discharge date  
 
*Discharge date  
 
*Additional service information  
 
*Additional service information  
*Date of filing  
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*Date of filing for pension
*Class
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*Application filing number  
 
*Application filing number  
 
*Certificate number  
 
*Certificate number  
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== 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 begin your search for you will need to know your ancestor's full name and some other identifying information such as the names of their dependents.  
  
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.
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
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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To search the collection by name, fill in your ancestor’s name in 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.  
  
For example:  
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To search the collection image by image, <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the "Surname Range" which takes you to the images.
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Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
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As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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==== Using the Information  ====
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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. For example:  
  
 
*The application or certificate number will lead you to the full pension record.  
 
*The application or certificate number will lead you to the full pension record.  
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*The bounty land information may lead you to a land grant 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.
 
*The name and class of dependents can help you compile a family record.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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*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.
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*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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*Even though names are searchable, alias names are grouped with both the given name and surname. This can be very confusing.
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*If you search on the soldier’s name, the dependent who is receiving the pension doesn’t show up on the result list . If you search on the dependent’s name, the soldier’s name doesn’t show up.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[United States Military Records]]  
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*[[Old War Index to Pension Files, 1815-1926|Old War Index to Pension Files, 1815-1926]]
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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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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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1979425/waypoints United States Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926]
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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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.  
  
==== Example of a Source Citation for a Record Found in This Collection<br> ====
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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]].  
 
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"United States, Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926:" &nbsp;Index and images, &nbsp;FamilySearch &nbsp;(https:/;/www.familysearch.org: &nbsp;accessed 8 February 2012). &nbsp;entry for William Gallagher, pension filed 1852; citing Pension Index; Records of the Veterans Administration, National Archives and Recors Administration, Washington D.C., United States.
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== Citation for This Collection  ==
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The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
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<!--bibdescbegin-->"United States, Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926." ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org). NARA microfilm publication T316, RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. FHL microfilm, 7 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
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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.  
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926" Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication T316. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.}}

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of a card index to pension files located at the National Archives for service in the Regular Army, Navy or Marine Corps between 1783 and 1861. This collection is part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publications T316. The event date and place represent the earliest filing of either the veteran or dependent.

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

Record Content

The index cards ask for the following information, but the information given will vary:
  • Name of veteran
  • Names and class of dependents
  • Rank and military unit in which served
  • Enlistment date
  • Discharge date
  • Additional service information
  • Date of filing for pension
  • Application filing number
  • Certificate number
  • File number
  • Bounty land information
  • Other remarks

How to Use the Record

To begin your search for you will need to know your ancestor's full name and some other identifying information such as the names of their dependents.

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name, fill in your ancestor’s name in 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,
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒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 if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

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:

  • 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • 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.
  • Even though names are searchable, alias names are grouped with both the given name and surname. This can be very confusing.
  • If you search on the soldier’s name, the dependent who is receiving the pension doesn’t show up on the result list . If you search on the dependent’s name, the soldier’s name doesn’t show up.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We especially need language translations for both content and images. For specific needs, please look for callout boxes throughout the article or visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.


Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: United States Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926

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 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.

"United States, Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926" Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication T316. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.