United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Group RG 15: Records of the Department of Veteran Affairs
Collection years 1887-1942
Microfilm Publication M1785. Index to Pension Application Files of Remarried Widows Based on Volunteer service in the Civil War and Later Wars and in the Regular Army After the Civil War. 7 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetically by sunrname.
National Archives Identifier 2589163
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What is in the Collection?

This Collection will include records from 1887 to 1942.

This collection consists of two card indexes to widows who had applied for a pension renewal. The first covers service between1812-1860 and is NARA microfilm publication M1784. The second covers service in the Civil War and later and is NARA microfilm publication M1785. Both indexes are part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration. The files are located at the National Archives.

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Collection Content

  • Name of claimant (person claiming pension)
  • Name of soldier
  • Military unit in which soldier served including rank, company and regiment
  • Application number
  • Date of filing
  • Remarks

How Do I Search the Collection?

To search for your ancestors in the index you will need to know their full names.

Search the Collection

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.

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To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Years of Service"
⇒ Select the "Surname Range" 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 index entry use the information to locate the pension record. The pension record may give you new biographical details about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.

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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Collection Citation

"United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1784 and M1785. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942.

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 United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942.