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October 31, 2009

GENEALOGY: Confederate pension records out there for the asking


n Kentucky — The state didn’t grant pensions to Civil War veterans until 1912. Kentucky’s civil war databases, including Confederate service records, military records from the Adjutant General’s office, and pension records can be searched at


Research3.htm. Contact the Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives, Kentucky State Archives, 300 Coffee Tree Road, Frankfort, KY 40601.

n Louisiana — The state began granting pensions to indigent veterans and their widows in 1898. Search the pension applications index database at www400.sos. Contact the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-2137.

n Mississippi — Pensions were first granted to indigent veterans and their widows in 1888. Contact the Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Charlotte Capers Building, 100 S. State St., Jackson, MS 39201.

n Missouri — The state granted pensions to indigent veterans only starting in 1911. No widows were included. Contact the Missouri State Archives, State Information Center, 600 W. Main St., Jefferson City, MO 65102.

n North Carolina — The state started giving pensions in 1867 to veterans who were blind or amputees as a result of their service. Other disabled or indigent veterans or widows were added to the rolls in 1885. Contact the North Carolina State Archives, 4614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4614.

Next week will continue with this list of states.

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