United States, Mexican War Pension Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926 .
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|Record Type||Pension Records Index|
|Record Group||RG 15: Records of the Veterans Administration|
|Microfilm Publication||T317. Index to Mexican War Pension Files, 1887-1926. 14 rolls.|
|Arrangement||Alphabetically by surname of veteran|
|National Archives Identifier||2588092|
|National Archives and Records Administration|
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of a card index to Mexican War pension files for the years 1887 to 1926. Pensions were first granted to Mexican War veterans and widows based on the act of January 29, 1887. Eligibility requirement included 60 day service, or were actually engaged in battle, honorably discharged and at least 62 years of age. The act included widows who had no remarried. Veterans may also have received bounty land. The pension files are located at the National Archives. The soldiers served between 1846 and 1848. The records are a part of Record Group 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publication T317. The event date and place represent the earliest filing of either the veteran or widow.
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The records usually contain the following:
- Name of Soldier
- Name of spouse (sometimes)
- Date enlisted and discharged
- Additional Services
- Date of Filing
- Application Number
- Certificate Number
- File Number
- Filing date
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- Parish of residence
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To search the collection by name:
Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page.
⇒Select the "Surname Range, Volume Number" which takes you to the images
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
With either search 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.
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What Do I DO Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records. For example:
- The application or certificate number will lead you to the full pension record.
- The enlistment date and branch of service will lead you to the military service record.
- The service information may lead to a death or cemetery record.
- The bounty land information may lead you to a land grant record.
- The name and class of dependents can help you compile a family record.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
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Citing this Collection
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- "United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Adjutant General's Office. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
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