Pension Files and Native American Genealogy
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 1:30 pm
Main Library - 111 Library St NE
In time of war, Native American men have always volunteered to fight for their land. The Civil War was no different. When a soldier fell on the field of battle, his widow could apply for a pension. The same was true for a son who was the sole source of support for his mother. Additionally, the surviving soldiers still alive in the 1890s could receive a pension. But there was always one catch--documents! Those rare documents sent in for a pension still exist. They can be found in Pension Files at the National Archives in Washington, DC. For the Native American community, those Pension Files are a gold-mine of information. Presenter Chris Czopek will share best practices around using Pension Files for Native family research. This program is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society.