Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Arkansas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Pension Records
Collection years 1891-1939
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Arkansas State Auditor's Office


What Is in the Collection?

Records of the Arkansas State Auditor's Office consisting of minutes of the State Board of Pensions with lists of pension claims allowed from February 3, 1893 to August 9, 1905; August 5, 1907 to 1916; and June 14, 1929 to September 1, 1939; Registers of Pension Warrants Issued between August 27, 1891 and December 15, 1939 which is a record of payments made.

The U.S. pension law governing claims based on death or disability from military service was passed on 14 July 1862. Later pension laws were based on length of service and disability not necessarily incurred in the service. Beginning in 1892 women who were employed as nurses by the government were also eligible for pensions.

Pensions were granted to Confederate veterans, widows, and orphans by the former Confederate states. Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia have posted indexes and some links to images of Confederate pension records. The Family History Library has an excellent collection of available Confederate pension records. Those for the following states are available on film at the Family History Library.

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

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Arkansas, Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939.

Collection Content

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

These records may contain the following information:

  • Full Name of pensioner
  • Pension Date Issued
  • Warrant Number
  • Amount Allowed
  • Amount Paid
  • The name of the County

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 age of the pensioner.
  • The residence of the pensioner.
  • The date the pension was issued.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:
⇒Select the appropriate "Pension Board minutes or Pension Lists"
⇒Select the appropriate "Year Range and County Range"


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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.

Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Arkansas, Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939 ." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing State Auditor's Office, Little Rock.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Arkansas, Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939.


Image Citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found 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, Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939.

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