Arkansas Confederate Pensions (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Arkansas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Confederate Pensions
Collection years 1901-1929
FamilySearch Resources
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  • Search an online index for confederate pension files in Arkansas. This is an index to the pension files which may include the application, as well as other documents such as doctor’s certificates, etc. (index only, no images)


What is in the Collection?

This database contains an index and images of pension applications filed by Confederate veterans and widows living in the state of Arkansas for the years 1901 to 1929. These records were created at the state level and therefore there are some variations in the qualifications for receiving aid and the amounts of aid between the states. 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.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929.

Collection Content

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In 1891 Arkansas began granting pensions to impoverished Confederate veterans and in 1915 the State began granting pensions to their widows and mothers. In most states the pension system began with providing pensions to injured veterans and then later expanded to include veteran’s widows or other dependents. In addition to Arkansas, Confederate pensions were also granted in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Pension applications were created to provide a way for veterans or their widows to obtain financial assistance after serving in the military. The information in these records is generally reliable.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Information found in applications submitted by the veteran may include some or all of the following information:

  • Soldier's Name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Unit dates and places of enlistment and discharge
  • Brief description of service
  • Wounds received
  • Physician's statement
  • Place and length of residency in the state

If the application was submitted by the widow of the veteran it may also include the following:

  • Her full name
  • Place of birth
  • Date and place of marriage to the veteran
  • Date and place of the veteran's death
  • Names of witnesses
  • Proof of indigence

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of the soldier or widow.
  • The place of birth of the soldier.
  • The dates of military service.
  • The military unit in which the soldier served.

Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then select the "Beginning name - Ending name" category.


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What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to obtain the actual death certificate.
  • Use the information to locate funeral home, obituary or cemetery record.
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and probate records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Arkansas, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Arkansas Archives and Libraries.


Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Arkansas, Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing State Auditor. History Commission, Little Rock.


Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929.

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