Widows pension application files are 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. It may also 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 Regiment, Penn. Infantry. Widow Jane Smith.)I will then copy the file with a digital camera, and upload the files to Genlighten. [If a file has more than 100 pages, we can create a second project for $25 to cover the remainder.] Turn-around time for your request will average ten days.