[APG Public List] Rev War records

MVMcgrs at aol.com MVMcgrs at aol.com
Mon Nov 22 20:12:59 MST 2010

In a message dated 11/22/2010 4:35:37 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
sarah at vandeventer.net writes:

Footnote (subscription) has pensions online, as does HeritageQuest (public 
library access) - I think they're from different NARA microfilm 
publications, but don't hold me to that.

Yes, they are different NARA microfilm publications. Both series are in 
Record Group 15: Records of the Veterans Administration.
Footnote digitized M804 Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant 
Application Files. This series includes both selected and non-selected 
records. The records selected seem to be based on event. So it there were several 
documents pertaining to a specific event such as a marriage one or two would 
be "Selected" and the others placed in the "Non Selected" group. When 
Footnote digitized the records they did not copy the Target pages that say 
"Selected" or "Non Selected." You would need to compare the two series to see the 
difference. Many of the Non-Selected records are letters from women who 
wanted to join the DAR and often sent in more information on the soldiers 
descendants than would be found in the pension file.
HertitageQuest digitized M805 Selected Records From the Revolutionary War 
Pension and Bounty Land Application Files. This series only contains the 
"Selected" records. 
Pat Hatcher did an excellent article comparing the two series.  Patricia 
Law Hatcher, CG. "Revolutionary War Pension Files, A Fresh look at the 
Resources Available," The Genealogy Bulletin, American Genealogical Lending 
Library. Number 27 (May-June 1995) pp. 1-9. 


Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL
Melchiori Research Services, L.L.C.
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