by Craig R. Scott, CG
This series of images consists of approximately 20,000 approved pension application files of widows and other dependents of US Navy veterans who served between 1861 and 1910. The applications are commonly referred to as "Navy Widows' Certificates." Applications prior to approval were termed "originals." When claims were approved, a new file number was issued and they were then referred to as "certificates." "NWC" refers to Navy Widows' Certificates. This series is also known as the "Civil War and Later Navy Widows' Certificates." They are arranged numerically by certificate or file number, ranging between NWC 623 and NWC 21,617.