Begin a search for Union records
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United States U.S. Military U.S. Civil War Beginning Civil War Research Begin a search for Union records request copies of the record from the National Archives. #Search for your ancestor's pension record. Not all veterans received a pension. Find the application or pension numbers you need to request Union pension records (pension files). The indexes are online at Footnote ($) or they can be accessed in The General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 (FHL films 54757-41300). If your ancestor was alive between 1907 and 1933, search Veteran's Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933. The actual files are not microfilmed. #Request a copy of the pension file from the National Archives. #Search other sources. Search this Wiki for the state in which your ancestor enlisted to find other military records, such as state roster, Adjutant General's reports, regimental or unit histories, and county histories. #Search the records of veteran organizations and lineage societies.