A thing to remember about this collection is that there was a fire in 1800 at the
War Department and all records were destroyed. Any veteran who filed prior to
1800 has no file in this collection, rather a card which provides his name, home
state, and occasionally his unit (s). Another source is to find a Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints in your area.
All 80,000 Revolutionary War and Bounty Land pension files have been
microfilmed, and are available to be ordered from the Family History Library
at Salt Lake City.
Rental of the film is around $3.50, depending on where you are located. You can
then copy the pension file with their microfilm copier yourself.....and KNOW that you copied it
Most files are filmed in two parts.... the part which was thought to have
contained papers with genealogical interest... and a second part of "not so important papers".
These two parts are separated by a section header sheet. Go to
You will want to see both parts, and decide for yourself what is important.
If you think that you might want to access the pension file through a Family History Center. The Windows version of the Library Catalog is available
A quick way of finding all the films on the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications
would be to use the "Film/Fiche Number Search" .
There are 2, 670 rolls of film and the first roll has the film number 970001.
Type in 970001 and you will then see that the first roll covers Aaron, William - Abbot, Ezra
The first name is the first pension file on the roll of film, and the second name is the last name on the roll of film.
Keep going until you find the roll of film which would contain the file of your pensioner.
A slower way to getting to the Pension film numbers is to choose "Place Search". In-put United States and see that there are 881 topics
The topic you want is #614 "United States - Military records - Revolution, - 1775-1783 Pensions".
Those of you who have nearby access to a FHC will enjoy being able to do this
research yourself. Revolutionary War pension files are usually filled with good genealogical
For the addresses of the Family History Centers:
Go to Family History Centers Worldwide
Send comments and mail to Carolyn Kolzow
Last update by Carolyn Kolzow on 08/11/05
Initial first revision made with much appreciation for help from:
Gary Fulton, Archives Technician
National Archives-Southeast Region
East Point, GA (Atlanta)
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