Numerical Index to Pensions, 1860-1934
NARA A1158. Arranged numerically; this index is useful when trying to decipher unclear numbers on T288, T289, and pension indexes from other wars.
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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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