Iowa, Benton County, Widows Pension Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Benton, Iowa, 
United States
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Location of Benton county, Iowa
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Location of Iowa
Record Description
Record Type Pension Records
Collection years 1940
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of digital images of pension records for the years 1929 to 1960.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse the Collection[edit | edit source]

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The information varies between records. You may find:

  • Name (Married and Maiden)
  • Birth date and place
  • Address or residence
  • Gender
  • Color
  • Name of father
  • Maiden name of mother
  • Years payments were made
  • Receipt number

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the soldier
  • The name of the widow
  • The approximate age of the soldier
  • The military unit in which the soldier served

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the /waypoints Browse Page:

  1. Select the Record
  2. Select the Item of Interest to view the images.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s pension record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records
  • Use the names along with the residence of the widow to locate census, church, and land records
  • Search for the military record of the soldier
  • Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage, and death on the state and county level

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the names
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the records of nearby localities (or military units, counties, parishes, etc.)
  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Iowa.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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