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Union Civil War Pensions

DearREADERS,

Quite a few letters from folks inquiring about getting their Union US Civil War pension file.

I was glad to have the complete file on each of my ancestors. I could see the progressive aging of each man's signature as the periodic reviews were requested. You'll find evaluations by medical doctors for sure. I've also seen newspaper clippings, a photo of the man and woman on their wedding day (to prove her relationship), affidavits from family members in attendance at the wedding decades before, etc. I now have a copy of the actual bill for the burial suit, boards to make the coffin, and funeral expenses for one ancestor because it was submitted for payment and then placed in his pension file.

To obtain copies of a Union Veteran's pension file, you'll need can go to:
http://archives.gov/research_room/obtain_copies/reproductions_overview.html 

As you scroll down, you will see the clickable link that describes Military pension claim files, 1775-1916. In the past it was necessary to submit NAFT Form 86. Be sure to order the complete file ($37) and not just the selected records ($17).

The link to order your ancestor's US Civil War Union pension file online is:
http://archives.gov/research_room/orderonline.html 

If you would prefer, they still have NAFT Form 86 for snail mail requests, which can be ordered for free at: http://archives.gov/global_pages/inquire_form.html 

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt      :)
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