The federal government issued pensions to soliders who met the established criteria. Pension files may include information on a soliders military service, family members, places of residence and other genealogical information.
The LDS FHL has not microfilmed the actual pension records. They do have an index, Register of Federal United States Military Records, v.2. Call number is REF 973/M2de/v.2.
Please do not post queries to this category - if you have a pension record to donate - make sure you choose the appropriate records category. Thanks!
Military Pension Records
Military service records rarely contain family information. Pension Application files generally are the most useful to those who are doing genealogical research and contain the most complete information regarding a man's military career.
Military pension records are available ONLY through the NARA (National Archives Records Administration). You may pick up a NARA request form (NATF Form 80) at your local LDS FHL or by writing to the office directly:
Textual Reference Branch (NNR1)
It is suggested that you write for a man's pension application file first. You should request copies of a bounty-land warrant and/or military file only when no pension file exists. If you are interested in Revolutionary War service records, pension files and bounty land warrant files have been consolidated -- you can get both when you request the pension file.
Other Useful Resources
The US Military Records Research Outline (LDS FHL 34118) provides information on federal military records and search strategies. Many military records can be found at the LDS FHL, the National Archives, and other federal and state archives.
A helpful biography is by John B. B. Trussell called Pennsylvania Military History, 1974 (Carlisle Barracks, PA). It includes information from the colonial period through WW II.
See also the Pennsylvania Archives which contains many transcripts of military records, rosters, and muster rolls.
This county is part of the USGenWeb Project, a non-profit genealogical resource web system, and is maintained by April Phillips and Connie Burkett with help and information provided by other volunteers.
Last Revised: October 8, 2010