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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
== Record Description  ==
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The collection consists of an index and images of cards used by the Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administarion to record the payment of pensions to veterans, widows and other dependents. The collection is part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publication M850. The collection covers the years from 1907 to 1933.
  
 
A pension card was created for every veteran or veteran’s widow who received a pension. There were four types of cards kept. which are referred to as:  
 
A pension card was created for every veteran or veteran’s widow who received a pension. There were four types of cards kept. which are referred to as:  
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The form for the four types of cards is practically identical. On the front of the cards for invalid veterans are recorded the name of veteran, his certificate number, his unit or arm of Service, the disability for which pensioned, the law or laws under which pensioned, the class of pension or certificate, the rate of pension, the effective date of pension, the date of the certificate, any fees paid, the name of the pension agency or group transferred from (if applicable), the date of death, the date the Bureau was notified, the former roll number, and 'home.' On the reverse side of the form appears the name of the veteran, his certificate number, and the record of the individual payments. The army and navy widow’s cards are similar to the invalids’ cards with the addition of the widow’s name and occasionally information regarding payments made to minors, but they do not indicate if the veteran had a disability.  
 
The form for the four types of cards is practically identical. On the front of the cards for invalid veterans are recorded the name of veteran, his certificate number, his unit or arm of Service, the disability for which pensioned, the law or laws under which pensioned, the class of pension or certificate, the rate of pension, the effective date of pension, the date of the certificate, any fees paid, the name of the pension agency or group transferred from (if applicable), the date of death, the date the Bureau was notified, the former roll number, and 'home.' On the reverse side of the form appears the name of the veteran, his certificate number, and the record of the individual payments. The army and navy widow’s cards are similar to the invalids’ cards with the addition of the widow’s name and occasionally information regarding payments made to minors, but they do not indicate if the veteran had a disability.  
  
In 1907 the Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration began recording payments of pension with a card system. Pensions were granted to army invalids, army widows, navy invalids and navy widows. The nearly 2 million 5x8 cards are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the veteran or widow. In 1923 payments were changed from monthly to quarterly. Payments that extended through this period were recorded on a second card.&nbsp;
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This collection covers the years from 1907 to 1933.&nbsp;
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
The payment cards were created as a method for the government to keep track of the pensions being distributed.  
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px">
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Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Army Widow.jpg|Army Widow
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Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Army Invalid.jpg|Army Invalid
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Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Army Dependent.jpg|Army Dependent
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Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Navy Widow.jpg|Navy Widow
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Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Navy Invalid.jpg|Navy Invalid
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The information in these cards is generally reliable.
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In 1907 the Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration began recording payments of pension with a card system. Pensions were granted to army invalids, army widows, navy invalids and navy widows. The nearly 2 million 5x8 cards are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the veteran or widow. In 1923 payments were changed from monthly to quarterly. Payments that extended through this period were recorded on a second card.&nbsp;
 
 
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/1832324/waypoints Browse].  
 
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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The payment cards were created as a method for the government to keep track of the pensions being distributed. The information in these cards is generally reliable.
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
  
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.
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Information found in the collection are listed below:  
 
 
{{Collection citation| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Veterans Administration. "United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards." NARA microfilm publication M850. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. : n.d.<!--bibdescend--> }}
 
 
 
A full bibliographic record is available in the {{FHL|362896|title-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}.
 
 
 
[[United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
<gallery widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
 
Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Army Widow.jpg
 
Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Army Invalid.jpg
 
Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Army Dependent.jpg
 
Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Navy Widow.jpg
 
Image:United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (10-0383) Navy Invalid.jpg</gallery>Key genealogical facts found in the collection are listed below:  
 
  
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*Name of pensioner
 
*Name of veteran  
 
*Name of veteran  
*Veteran’s Unit or arm of service
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*Veteran’s military unit
*Date of pension  
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*Commencement date of pension  
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*Certificate number
 
*Veteran’s death date  
 
*Veteran’s death date  
 
*Veteran’s “home”  
 
*Veteran’s “home”  
*Veteran’s disability (not included in widows cards)
 
 
*Name of widow (only on widows cards)
 
*Name of widow (only on widows cards)
  
Additional information about the contents of these cards is available in the Wiki Article: [[Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907–1933|Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933]].  
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Additional information about these cards is available in the Wiki Article: [[Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907–1933]].  
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The military unit in which your ancestor served
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*The names of family members
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Surname range which takes you to the images.  
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1832324?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information 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.  
  
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.  
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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/1832324/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select "Browse" link on the initial search page <br> ⇒Select "Surname range" category which takes you to the images.  
  
Use pension payment cards to discover information about the veteran’s military service, i.e. his unit, the dates of service, etc., information regarding the veteran’s family, his place of residence, and any disabilities he may have had. The cards can lead to other military service records, and provide clues for further research on the veteran’s family.
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Keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.  
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
== Known Issues with This Collecton  ==
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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].
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]].&nbsp; '''A programming mistake in early 2012 deleted links to all microfilm images for surnames alphabetically after those beginning with "Hec".&nbsp; There is no way to gain access to the payment cards for the rest of the alphabet until someone gets around to restoring the links'''.&nbsp; If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. &nbsp; Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
  
== Related Websites  ==
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use pension payment cards to discover information about the veteran’s military service
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*Use pension payment cards to learn about his unit, and the dates of service
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*Use pension payment cards to learn more information regarding the veteran’s family
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*The cards can lead to other military service records, and provide clues for further research on the veteran’s family.
  
[http://www.archives.gov/research/order/vets-records.html National Archives and Records Administration]
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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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 Wiki Articles  ==
 
  
*[[Union Pension Records|Union Pension Records]]
 
*[[US Military Pension Records|US Military Pension Records]]
 
*[[Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907–1933|Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933]] (This detailed wiki article has an index of the cards)
 
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
{{Contributor invite}}  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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>
  
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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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M850. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}}<br><br>
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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|CID=CID1832324
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|title=United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards,1907-1933
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'''Image citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
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|CID=CID1832324
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|title=United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards,1907-1933
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
"United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 8 April 2011. Hulda E Abbott, Widow of Wellington H Hipkins; citing Pension Payment Cards, Abbott, H. Emory-Aleita, L. Jesus; Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
 
  
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images of cards used by the Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administarion to record the payment of pensions to veterans, widows and other dependents. The collection is part of RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publication M850. The collection covers the years from 1907 to 1933.

A pension card was created for every veteran or veteran’s widow who received a pension. There were four types of cards kept. which are referred to as:

  • Army invalids
  • Army widows
  • Navy invalids
  • Navy widows

The form for the four types of cards is practically identical. On the front of the cards for invalid veterans are recorded the name of veteran, his certificate number, his unit or arm of Service, the disability for which pensioned, the law or laws under which pensioned, the class of pension or certificate, the rate of pension, the effective date of pension, the date of the certificate, any fees paid, the name of the pension agency or group transferred from (if applicable), the date of death, the date the Bureau was notified, the former roll number, and 'home.' On the reverse side of the form appears the name of the veteran, his certificate number, and the record of the individual payments. The army and navy widow’s cards are similar to the invalids’ cards with the addition of the widow’s name and occasionally information regarding payments made to minors, but they do not indicate if the veteran had a disability.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards,1907-1933.

Collection Content

Sample Images

In 1907 the Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration began recording payments of pension with a card system. Pensions were granted to army invalids, army widows, navy invalids and navy widows. The nearly 2 million 5x8 cards are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the veteran or widow. In 1923 payments were changed from monthly to quarterly. Payments that extended through this period were recorded on a second card. 

The payment cards were created as a method for the government to keep track of the pensions being distributed. The information in these cards is generally reliable.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Information found in the collection are listed below:

  • Name of pensioner
  • Name of veteran
  • Veteran’s military unit
  • Commencement date of pension
  • Certificate number
  • Veteran’s death date
  • Veteran’s “home”
  • Name of widow (only on widows cards)

Additional information about these cards is available in the Wiki Article: Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907–1933.

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The military unit in which your ancestor served
  • The names of family members

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information 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.

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" link on the initial search page
⇒Select "Surname range" category which takes you to the images.

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.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use pension payment cards to discover information about the veteran’s military service
  • Use pension payment cards to learn about his unit, and the dates of service
  • Use pension payment cards to learn more information regarding the veteran’s family
  • The cards can lead to other military service records, and provide clues for further research on the veteran’s family.

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • 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.


Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M850. 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, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards,1907-1933.

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, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards,1907-1933.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.