United States Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a searchable name index and images of the name and subject index for correspondence from the US Records and Pension Office, War Department.


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What Can I Learn from Pension Records?


These records may include:

  • Name of soldier
  • Unit of service
  • Name of person/office making the inquiry
  • Subject of inquiry



How Can Pension Records Help Me Find Other Records?


With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Information about military units was generally filed under the name of its commanding officer
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur


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