United States, Mexican War Pension Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926 .
The collection consists of a card index to Mexican War pension files located at the National Archives for service between 1846 and 1848. The records are a part of RG 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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Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- Adjutant General's Office. United States, Mexican War Pension Index. National Archives, Washington D.C.
The key genealogical facts found in the pension files may include the following information:
- 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 to Use the Record
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Surname Range, Volume Number which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
To search for your ancestors in the index you will need to know their full names. Check the index for the surname and then the given name. If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
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.
- 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.
- National Archives Access to Military Service and Pension Records
- Family Link Military Records Search
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"United States, Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926:" digital images, FamilySearch (htps://familysearch.org: accessed 8 February 2011). r Michael Mendez, Nov. 30, 1888; citing Pension Records, Mendenhall, William - Ott, William J, v. 8, Image 38; National Archives and Records Center, Washington D.C., United States.