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RootsTech 2016

RT1911 - Making use of United States Military Pension Files

Session Description

United States Military Pension Files were created for veterans who served in any conflict prior to 1916. They weren’t created for genealogists, but they can be valuable sources for information about an ancestor’s family. To obtain a pension, the veteran had to prove his military service. He often told where he had lived since he was a soldier, health problems he was experiencing, and people who were dependent on him for their livelihood. His death date was reported when the pension was no longer needed. A widow could apply, but she had to prove her marriage and her husband’s death. Files sometimes contained pages from family Bibles, photographs, marriage certificates, and other important documents. Some women who had served as nurses received pensions as well. This class will also cover pension files for Confederate soldiers issued by some states.


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1 hour