United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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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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- 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
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Search the Collection
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To search the collection image by image, 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
Search the collection by image 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.
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Using the Information
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.
You may also find these search tips helpful:
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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.
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- "United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1784 and M1785. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.