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| title=United States Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926
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| record_type = Index to Pension Files
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| micro_pub_title = Old Wars Index to Pension Files, 1815-1926
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| arrangement = Arrange alphabetically  by the name of the veteran. 
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| FS_URL_01 = [[Old War Index to Pension Files, 1815-1926|Old War Index to Pension Files, 1815-1926]]
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| RW_URL_01 = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2601038?q=pension%20indexes%20old%20wars National Archives Old War Index to Pension Files]
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| RW_URL_02 = [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1105306?q=*:* National Archives Case Files of Pension Applications Based on Death and Disability Incurred in Service between 1783 and 1861 ("Old War")]
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://www.archives.gov/research/order/order-vets-records.html National Archives Access to Military Service and Pension Records]
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== Record Description  ==
 
  
The collection consists of a card index to pension files located at the National Archives for service in the Regular Army, Navy or Marine Corps between 1783 and 1861. This collection is part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publications T316. The event date and place represent the earliest filing of either the veteran or dependent.
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== What is in the Collection?  ==
  
For a list of records by surnames currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1979425/waypoints Browse].  
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The collection consists of a card index to pension files located at the National Archives for service in the Regular Army, Navy or Marine Corps between 1815 and 1926. This collection is part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publications T316. The event date and place represent the earliest filing of either the veteran or dependent.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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{{Collection_Browse_Link
 
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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{{Collection citation | text= "United States, Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926" Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication T316. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.}}  
 
 
 
[[United States, Old War Pension Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
The index cards ask for the following information, but the information given will vary: <gallery>
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Image ===
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<gallery>
 
Image:US Old War Index DGS 5189116 49.jpg|Old War Index
 
Image:US Old War Index DGS 5189116 49.jpg|Old War Index
 
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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The index cards ask for the following information, but the information given will vary:
  
 
*Name of veteran  
 
*Name of veteran  
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*Other remarks
 
*Other remarks
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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To begin your search for you will need to know:
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*The full name of your ancestor.
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*The name of your ancestor's spouse.
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*The names of your ancestor's children.
  
To begin your search for you will need to know your ancestor's full name and some other identifying information such as the names of their dependents.
 
  
==== Search the Collection ====
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1979425?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>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 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 the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1979425/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the "Surname Range" which takes you to the images.  
  
To search the collection image by image, <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the "Surname Range" which takes you to the images.  
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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.  
  
Look at the images one by one 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. Keep in mind:  
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With either search keep in mind:  
  
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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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:
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When you have located your ancestor in the pension index, 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.  
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
*The enlistment date and branch of service will lead you to the military service record.  
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*Search for the full pension record.  
*The service information may lead to a death or cemetery record.  
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*Search for the the military service record.  
*The bounty land information may lead you to a land grant record.
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*Search for a death or cemetery record.  
*The name and class of dependents can help you compile a family record.
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*Search for a bounty land grant record.  
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
 
*Even though names are searchable, alias names are grouped with both the given name and surname. This can be very confusing.  
 
*Even though names are searchable, alias names are grouped with both the given name and surname. This can be very confusing.  
*If you search on the soldier’s name, the dependent who is receiving the pension doesn’t show up on the result list . If you search on the dependent’s name, the soldier’s name doesn’t show up.
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*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.
  
== Related Websites  ==
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{{Tip|Don't overlook items in the [https://familysearch.org/catalog/search FamilySearch Library Catalog.] This can help you locate additional records to search for information on your family.}}
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==Citing this Collection==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image. <br>
  
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/order/order-vets-records.html National Archives Access to Military Service and Pension Records]
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'''Collection Citation'''<br> {{Collection citation | text= "United States, Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926" Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication T316. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}} <br><br>
*[http://www.familylink.com/ppc/?ss=military%20pension%20records&pagename=ppcg&eng=ga&ft=1&gclid=COO89oXRyK0CFasaQgod5AO7hQ Family Link Military Records Search]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
 
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*[[Old War Index to Pension Files, 1815-1926|Old War Index to Pension Files, 1815-1926]]
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
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'''Image Citation'''<br> {{Image Citation Link
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
  
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box:
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1979425/waypoints United States Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926]
 
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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{{Contributor_invite}}
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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Record Description
Record Type Index to Pension Files
Record Group RG 15: Records of the Veterans Administration
Collection years 1815-1926
Microfilm Publication T316. Old Wars Index to Pension Files, 1815-1926. 7 rolls.
Arrangement Arrange alphabetically by the name of the veteran.
National Archives Identifier 2601038
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
National Archives and Records Administration



What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of a card index to pension files located at the National Archives for service in the Regular Army, Navy or Marine Corps between 1815 and 1926. This collection is part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publications T316. The event date and place represent the earliest filing of either the veteran or dependent.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The index cards ask for the following information, but the information given will vary:

  • Name of veteran
  • Names and class of dependents
  • Rank and military unit in which served
  • Enlistment date
  • Discharge date
  • Additional service information
  • Date of filing for pension
  • Application filing number
  • Certificate number
  • File number
  • Bounty land information
  • Other remarks

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search for you will need to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor.
  • The name of your ancestor's spouse.
  • The names of your ancestor's children.


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor in the pension index, 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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Search for the full pension record.
  • Search for the the military service record.
  • Search for a death or cemetery record.
  • Search for a bounty land grant record.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • Even though names are searchable, alias names are grouped with both the given name and surname. This can be very confusing.
  • 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.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation

"United States, Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926" Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication T316. 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, Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926.

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, Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926.


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