United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
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The collection consists of an index and images of cards used by the Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administarion to record the payment of pensions to veterans, widows and other dependents. The collection is part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publication M850. The collection covers the years from 1907 to 1933.
  
 
A pension card was created for every veteran or veteran’s widow who received a pension. There were four types of cards kept. which are referred to as:  
 
A pension card was created for every veteran or veteran’s widow who received a pension. There were four types of cards kept. which are referred to as:  
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The form for the four types of cards is practically identical. On the front of the cards for invalid veterans are recorded the name of veteran, his certificate number, his unit or arm of Service, the disability for which pensioned, the law or laws under which pensioned, the class of pension or certificate, the rate of pension, the effective date of pension, the date of the certificate, any fees paid, the name of the pension agency or group transferred from (if applicable), the date of death, the date the Bureau was notified, the former roll number, and 'home.' On the reverse side of the form appears the name of the veteran, his certificate number, and the record of the individual payments. The army and navy widow’s cards are similar to the invalids’ cards with the addition of the widow’s name and occasionally information regarding payments made to minors, but they do not indicate if the veteran had a disability.  
 
The form for the four types of cards is practically identical. On the front of the cards for invalid veterans are recorded the name of veteran, his certificate number, his unit or arm of Service, the disability for which pensioned, the law or laws under which pensioned, the class of pension or certificate, the rate of pension, the effective date of pension, the date of the certificate, any fees paid, the name of the pension agency or group transferred from (if applicable), the date of death, the date the Bureau was notified, the former roll number, and 'home.' On the reverse side of the form appears the name of the veteran, his certificate number, and the record of the individual payments. The army and navy widow’s cards are similar to the invalids’ cards with the addition of the widow’s name and occasionally information regarding payments made to minors, but they do not indicate if the veteran had a disability.  
 
In 1907 the Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration began recording payments of pension with a card system. Pensions were granted to army invalids, army widows, navy invalids and navy widows. The nearly 2 million 5x8 cards are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the veteran or widow. In 1923 payments were changed from monthly to quarterly. Payments that extended through this period were recorded on a second card. 
 
 
This collection covers the years from 1907 to 1933. 
 
 
The payment cards were created as a method for the government to keep track of the pensions being distributed.
 
 
The information in these cards is generally reliable.
 
  
 
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/1832324/waypoints Browse].  
 
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/1832324/waypoints Browse].  
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
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.
 
 
{{Collection citation| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Veterans Administration. "United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards." NARA microfilm publication M850. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. : n.d.<!--bibdescend--> }}
 
 
A full bibliographic record is available in the {{FHL|362896|title-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}.
 
 
[[United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
 
<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px">
 
<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px">
Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Army Widow.jpg
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Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Army Widow.jpg|Army Widow
Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Army Invalid.jpg
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Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Army Invalid.jpg|Army Invalid
Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Army Dependent.jpg
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Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Army Dependent.jpg|Army Dependent
Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Navy Widow.jpg
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Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Navy Widow.jpg|Navy Widow
Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Navy Invalid.jpg</gallery>Key genealogical facts found in the collection are listed below:  
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Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Navy Invalid.jpg|Navy Invalid
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</gallery> Information found in the collection are listed below:  
  
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*Name of pensioner
 
*Name of veteran  
 
*Name of veteran  
*Veteran’s Unit or arm of service
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*Veteran’s military unit
*Date of pension  
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*Commencement date of pension  
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*Certificate number
 
*Veteran’s death date  
 
*Veteran’s death date  
 
*Veteran’s “home”  
 
*Veteran’s “home”  
*Veteran’s disability (not included in widows cards)
 
 
*Name of widow (only on widows cards)
 
*Name of widow (only on widows cards)
  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on 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.
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Fill in the requested information 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. Next select the Surname range which takes you to the images.  
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If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image. <br>⇒Select "Browse" link on the initial search page <br> ⇒Select "Surname range" category 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.  
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Search the collection by image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.  
  
==== Using the Information ====
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Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:
  
Use pension payment cards to discover information about the veteran’s military service, i.e. his unit, the dates of service, etc., information regarding the veteran’s family, his place of residence, and any disabilities he may have had. The cards can lead to other military service records, and provide clues for further research on the veteran’s family.
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.  
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
== Known Issues with This Collecton  ==
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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].
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]].&nbsp; '''A programming mistake in early 2012 deleted links to all microfilm images for surnames alphabetically after those beginning with "Hec".&nbsp; There is no way to gain access to the payment cards for the rest of the alphabet until someone gets around to restoring the links'''.&nbsp; If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. &nbsp; Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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==== Using the Information  ====
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Use pension payment cards to discover information about the veteran’s military service, i.e. his unit, the dates of service, etc., information regarding the veteran’s family, his place of residence, and any disabilities he may have had. The cards can lead to other military service records, and provide clues for further research on the veteran’s family.
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==== General Information About These Records  ====
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In 1907 the Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration began recording payments of pension with a card system. Pensions were granted to army invalids, army widows, navy invalids and navy widows. The nearly 2 million 5x8 cards are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the veteran or widow. In 1923 payments were changed from monthly to quarterly. Payments that extended through this period were recorded on a second card.&nbsp;
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The payment cards were created as a method for the government to keep track of the pensions being distributed. The information in these cards is generally reliable.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]].&nbsp;&nbsp;If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. &nbsp; Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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/1832324/waypoints United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933]
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
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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|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;  
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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.
  
"United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 8 April 2011. Hulda E Abbott, Widow of Wellington H Hipkins; citing Pension Payment Cards, Abbott, H. Emory-Aleita, L. Jesus; Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.  
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M850. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.}}
  
[[Category:United_States|Military]]
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A full bibliographic record is available in the {{FHL|362896|title-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}.

Revision as of 14:25, 13 March 2014

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

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of an index and images of cards used by the Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administarion to record the payment of pensions to veterans, widows and other dependents. The collection is part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publication M850. The collection covers the years from 1907 to 1933.

A pension card was created for every veteran or veteran’s widow who received a pension. There were four types of cards kept. which are referred to as:

  • Army invalids
  • Army widows
  • Navy invalids
  • Navy widows

The form for the four types of cards is practically identical. On the front of the cards for invalid veterans are recorded the name of veteran, his certificate number, his unit or arm of Service, the disability for which pensioned, the law or laws under which pensioned, the class of pension or certificate, the rate of pension, the effective date of pension, the date of the certificate, any fees paid, the name of the pension agency or group transferred from (if applicable), the date of death, the date the Bureau was notified, the former roll number, and 'home.' On the reverse side of the form appears the name of the veteran, his certificate number, and the record of the individual payments. The army and navy widow’s cards are similar to the invalids’ cards with the addition of the widow’s name and occasionally information regarding payments made to minors, but they do not indicate if the veteran had a disability.

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

Record Content

Information found in the collection are listed below:
  • Name of pensioner
  • Name of veteran
  • Veteran’s military unit
  • Commencement date of pension
  • Certificate number
  • Veteran’s death date
  • Veteran’s “home”
  • Name of widow (only on widows cards)

Additional information about the contents of these cards is available in the Wiki Article: Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933.

How to Use the Record

Fill in the requested information 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.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image.
⇒Select "Browse" link on the initial search page
⇒Select "Surname range" category which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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

Using the Information

Use pension payment cards to discover information about the veteran’s military service, i.e. his unit, the dates of service, etc., information regarding the veteran’s family, his place of residence, and any disabilities he may have had. The cards can lead to other military service records, and provide clues for further research on the veteran’s family.

General Information About These Records

In 1907 the Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration began recording payments of pension with a card system. Pensions were granted to army invalids, army widows, navy invalids and navy widows. The nearly 2 million 5x8 cards are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the veteran or widow. In 1923 payments were changed from monthly to quarterly. Payments that extended through this period were recorded on a second card. 

The payment cards were created as a method for the government to keep track of the pensions being distributed. The information in these cards is generally reliable.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article.  If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org.   Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

National Archives and Records Administration

Related Wiki Articles

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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 Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933

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, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M850. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog.