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Pension Records << Military Records <<

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Pension Records Guide

Military Records-
Pension Records
What's In Them Where to Find Them How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • Name
  • Dates of enlistment and discharge
  • Beginning and ending rank
  • Military unit


  • May also include:
  • Date and/or place of birth
  • Physical description
  • Occupation
  • Citizenship
  • Residence
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Names (and possibly birthdates) of children
  • Marriage date and details
  • Names of parents
  • Affidavits by friends, associates and others
  • Letters written by the veteran, his kin, or his attorneys
  • Signature
  • Medical examination findings
  • Date and/or cause of death
  • Cemetery of burial
  • Photo or sketch
  • See suggestions in service records guide

  • To learn about an ancestor's military service
  • To find the necessary details to locate a military history
  • To learn place and/or date of birth
  • To learn of dates and places of other life events
  • To learn names of spouse and/or children, as well as their birth dates
  • To learn other details such as residence, occupation or citizenship
  • To find a physical description
  • To find death and/or burial information
  • To find medical information
  • For insights into ancestor's personality and performance (e.g., through his letters, affidavits files by others who knew him, etc.)
  • To learn of ancestor's literacy
  • To see ancestor's signature
  • To learn more about ancestor's post-war years and life
  • To see what he looked like
  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in military records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Military Records episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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