Pension application files – even disapproved ones – are often rich with genealogical information. You may find the soldier’s name, rank, military unit, period of service, residence, birthplace, date of birth, and age at enlistment. A widow’s file may contain her name, age, residence, maiden name, marriage date and place, and the soldier’s death date and place. A dependents’ file may give the children’s names, other heirs’ names, dates and places of their births, residences, and date of mother’s death.
Identify your soldier and widow by name, state and unit (e.g., John Smith, Sgt., Co. D, 211th Regt., Pa. Inf. Widow Jane Smith.)I will then copy the entire file (100-200 pages) with a digital camera, and upload the files to Genlighten. Turn-around time for your request will average ten days. If a file cannot be found, I will report the sources I have searched.