War of 1812

  • Legislation was not passed until 1871 to grant pensions to War of 1812 veterans and their survivors. It is likely your ancestor died before filing for pension benefits. Widows most often obtained pensions.
  • One condition of receiving a War of 1812 pension was that the applicant had not supported the confederacy during the Civil War.
  • Preserve the Pensions is an effort to digitize pension records from the War of 1812.
  • CMSR's (Compiled Military Service Records) are derived from NARA microfilm number M602, on Ancestry.
    • Use the card catalog to search for the collection.
    • These records have not been microfilmed or digitized, however you can use the information from Ancestry to order a copy of the file from NARA