Historical records subscription site Footnote
released its first digitized Civil War Widows’ Pension files
Footnote’s collection has 5,257 record images so far. They’re part of a pilot project, announced about a year ago
, to work with the National Archives and Records Administration
(which holds the original pension records) and FamilySearch
to digitize 3,150 pension files of Civil War widows.
FamilySearch and Footnote plan to digitize all 1,280,000 pensions in the series. Pension records were never microfilmed, so until now, your only option to get your ancestor's pension was to travel to NARA in Washington, DC, hire a local researcher, or order copies for $75 or more.
The digitized records are part of Footnote’s $69.95 annual subscription.
You can view the records free at Family History Centers
and at NARA facilities
. A Civil War pension index is free on the FamilySearch Record Search pilot site