Mississippi, Confederate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Mississippi Confederate Records, 1889-1942 .
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Mississippi, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Pension Records
Collection years 1889-1942
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records of state pensions paid to Confederate veterans and to widows of Confederate veterans living in Mississippi. County pension reports, 1900-1933 and Confederate pension rolls, 1889-1935 are also included. There are also two censuses, an enumeration of veterans and widows dated 1907-1933 and an enumeration of indigent and disabled soldiers and dependents, 1863-1868.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Mississippi Confederate Records, 1889-1942.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Confederate Pension Records include only the following:

  • Name of pensioner/petitioner
  • County and post office where pension is sent
  • Date issued and number of warrant
  • Amount of payment

Collection Content

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How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The place of residence

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  2. Select Record Type, Date Range and Volume

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I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.
  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
  • 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 Mississippi, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Mississippi Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog

Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation

"Mississippi, Confederate Records, 1889-1942" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson.

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 Mississippi Confederate Records, 1889-1942.


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