Sunday, March 20, 2011

Louisiana Confederate Pension Applications

Louisiana Secretary of State Information Services has available  an index containing over 49,000 names included in pension applications submitted to the Board of Pension Commissioners in that state. The records became part of the archives after the last pension was paid in the 1950's.  About 18,000 applications were microfilmed and were originally only available to researchers who visited the Archives Library. Some years later an index was created to the 152 reels of film. The applications for pensions granted to veterans and widows beginning in 1898 may include service information, occupation, place of residence, and number of children.  In some cases other materials may have been included with applications such as letters, notes, copies of checks, newspaper clippings, court papers of various types, obituaries, and other miscellaneous papers.

An index to the microfilm collection was compiled, data extracted and computer application developed. The index is available on-line. However, there is a fee to obtain a copy of the original document.

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