Not sure what's available for YOUR ancestor?
You're in the right place! We can give you a free quote of what might be available at the National Archives if you're not sure what to look for.
If you're trying to order records on your military ancestor, most of the time, having a pension index card is all you need to get started. If you have that already, you can go to the collections page and browse what's available or place an order.
But... if you're brand new to this and don't have a pension index card (or maybe you don't even know what that is yet), don't worry! This page is for you. We can look through the database and do a basic search for the pension index card for you at no cost to you.
Note: Confederate records are not available at the National Archives, so we don’t have access to those. Revolutionary War records have, for the most part, all been scanned on to Fold3. WWI and WWII records and anything else from the 1900s would be in the St. Louis archives, not in DC. So we don’t have access to those records either. We focus on military records from the 1800s.
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Please fill out as much of this as you know. This information all helps narrow down and match up the soldiers to the correct one in the database. Thanks!