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Pension Numerical Index

  • Conflict:   War of 1812
  • Records:   5,757,270
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Pension Numerical Index

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This index complements the Civil War and Later Veterans Pension Index (T289), as well as other pension indexes and files, in assisting researchers in locating pension file numbers and names of Army and Navy personnel, as well as widows' pensions (marked with a w) on the card. It is a superb cross-referencing tool when deciphering illegible or missing numbers within other indexes. Both certificate numbers and application numbers are included.

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Publication Title:
Pension Numerical Index
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Last Update:
July 5, 2017
NARA A1158. Pensions indexed by number for Army or Navy service in the Civil War and later, 1860-1934.


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.

Related resources

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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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.