United States, Mexican War Pension Index - FamilySearch Historical Records
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United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926
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|Record Type||Pension Records Card Index|
|Record Group||RG 15: Records of the Veterans Administration|
|Microfilm Publication||T317. Index to Mexican War Pension Files, 1887-1926. 14 rolls.|
|Arrangement||Alphabetically by surname of veteran|
|National Archives Identifier||2588092 - Index 1104361 - Case Files|
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of a card index to Mexican War pension files for the years 1887 to 1926. Pensions were first granted to Mexican War veterans and widows based on the act of January 29, 1887. Eligibility requirement included 60 day service, or were actually engaged in battle, honorably discharged and at least 62 years of age. The act included widows who had not remarried. Veterans may also have received bounty land. The pension files are located at the National Archives. The soldiers served between 1846 and 1848. The records are a part of Record Group 15 Records of the Veterans Administration and is NARA microfilm publication T317. The event date and place represent the earliest filing of either the veteran or widow.
Copies of pension files are available from the National Archives. To request copies follow the instructions in the following link. Requesting Pre-WWI Service Records
Related National Archives Collections
- Numerical Register of Original Widows Service Pensions for Service in the Mexican War, ca. 1887 - ca. 1887. NAID 18253473
- List of Survivors of the Mexican War on Pension Agency Rolls, 3/1910 - 3/1910. NAID 2602603
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The place where your ancestor resided
- The approximate age of your ancestor
- The name of the soldier's spouse
- The names of other family members or associates
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- The application or certificate number will lead you to the full pension record
- The enlistment date and branch of service will lead you to the military service record
- The service information may lead to a death or cemetery record
- The bounty land information may lead you to a land grant record
- The name and class of dependents can help you compile a family record
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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Research Helps[edit | edit source]
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- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
- United States Guided Research
- United States Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Index to Mexican War pension files, 1887-1926
- Index to pension application files of remarried widows based on service in the War of 1812, Indian Wars, Mexican War and regular Army before 1861
- Index to compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served during the Mexican War
Related Collection on Historical Records[edit | edit source]
- United States Mormon Battalion Pension Applications, 1846-1923
- United States Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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