Explore the records and find your family members in the General Correspondence of the Record and Pension Office. Between the years 1889 and 1904 it handled records for many veterans of the U.S. Civil War, Indian Wars, and the Spanish-American War. Learn new facts about your ancestor such as their rank and unit name.
There are nearly 800,000 records representing the correspondence of veterans with the United States government. While the information for each person varies, General Correspondence of the Record and Pension Office, 1889-1904 usually includes:
The Record and Pension Office was a branch of the United States War Department and maintained government service records for decades.
These records can uncover new facts about your ancestors as they trace requests of military discharges, pensions, service, and medical history records. Pension benefits were promised to U.S. military veterans and their families as they aged or after they had died, providing they met the proper requirements. These records represent correspondence between a veteran, their family, and the federal government in the process of obtaining the promised benefits. You may be surprised to discover an unknown relative or family member applying for the records on behalf of your ancestor, sometimes with addresses included. The details you learn will help expand your family history and lead to exciting new research possibilities.
This collection provides index cards of entries from the files of the Record and Pension Office between 1889 and 1904 and includes entries for many soldiers who served in the Civil War. Individual cards can include information relating to an individual’s name, service, and relationships.
For further information, contact the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at http://www.nara.gov.