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U.S. Military Pensions

Those 43 million who served in volunteer units or regular armed forces, in peacetime and numerous American conflicts, often left pension papers in a state or federal archive: applications, payments, vouchers and related post-service files.

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This 5-page outline includes both stategies and lists of sources.

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Comment by Unknown Ancestor on July 23, 2009 at 11:19pm

Pension files are gems for those looking for rare family documents such as Bible pages. The veteran and his family were often anxious for their claim to benefits, and the government was obligated to preserve the evidence.
Comment by Unknown Ancestor on July 20, 2009 at 12:59am
The focus is on original historical sources used to document the experiences of a veteran before, during, and after military service. Most of the sources are at both the National Archives and Family History Library; some from state archives are only at the FHL.

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