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Collection Time Period

The Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865. Widows applications, however, continued for a time after the end of the war.

Record Description

The records consist of images of pension records filed by federal soldiers' widows. Requests for pensions were sent to the state where the veteran or his dependents lived at the time of application, which was often not the state in which the veteran had enlisted or served.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts of these records may include:
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  • Soldier's full name
  • Rank
  • Company
  • Regiment
  • Name of widow
  • When soldier was commissioned
  • Infantry unit
  • Where soldier was commissioned

How to Use the Record

Use the index to find pension applications of Civil War veteran widows.

Record History

The index was produced to provide easier access to pension application files.

Why this Record Was Created

Pensions were issued to compensate Civil War veterans and their widows and minor children for their service.

Record Reliability

Pension applications are usually reliable, depending on the memory of the applicant and the records to which he had access.

Related Websites

Civil War Pensions

Veteran's Service Records

Related Wiki Articles

United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865

United States Civil War Pension Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Contributions to This Article

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Sources of Information for This Collection

“United States Civil War Federal Soldiers' Widows Claims,” database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/); from the Adjutant General’s Office, Washington, D.C. NARA . FHL digital images, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.

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.

A suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (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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