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Numerical Index to Pensions, 1860-1934
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The cards give the name of the veteran or dependant who had the number as an application number or as a certificate number. Each number could be used four times for four different people. For application or original numbers, the card also shows the certificate number.
NARAtions, one of the blogs of the National Archives, published a helpful perspective on the Numerical Index to Pensions in Family Tree Friday: Pension Indexes Examined.
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Ordering pension files from NARA
While many pension files are already available on Fold3, you can use the information in the Pension Numerical Index to order files from the National Archives - NARA. This page will tell you where and how to order military service and pension records.