Pension Registers and Indexes, 1878-1949
Registers of pension claims filed by veterans of military service, or their dependents, who resided in Minnesota at the time the claim was made. The entries are mainly for veterans of the Mexican War (1848), the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War; however, some claims from World Wars I and II are also included. The presentation and completeness of entries varies somewhat, but generally includes class of claim (e.g., original, arrears, increase, restoration to rolls, bounty, widow, father, mother, Mexican War), pension number, date filed, claimant's name and address, "account of" (veteran for whose service the pension was being claimed), service unit and rank, details (sometimes considerable) on the nature of the claim and/or proofs offered, and a record of administrative actions taken on the claim.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
Spanish-American War veterans disallowed relief application files, [1930s-1940s].
Applications for relief submitted by veterans, or the survivors of deceased veterans, of the Spanish-American War, under the provisions of Laws of Minnesota 1931, Chapter 405, that were disallowed due to non-residence, non-service, or for other reasons. The files include the application form; correspondence with the Spanish War Veterans’ Relief Board regarding the application and decision; and sometimes other supporting documentation. These files do NOT appear to be included in the microfilmed index to other Spanish-American War relief payment records (SAM 3, Roll 1). However, the Spanish War Veterans’ Relief Board application register (Box 112.E.2.6F) does include entries for the disallowed applications.
MNHS Call Number: See the finding aid in the library ( Adjutant General.)
Spanish-American War Veterans Relief Payment Records, 1931-1943
Records of this relief program administered by the Adjutant General as a member of the Spanish War Veterans’ Relief Board. Includes applications, with index, for relief submitted by Minnesota veterans, or the survivors of veterans, of the Spanish American War, the Philippine Insurrection, and the China Relief Expedition, under the provisions of Laws of Minnesota 1931, Chapter 405; supplementary payment files; and an application register. Intermingled with the application files are records of administrative and salary expenses of the Relief Board itself.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
Spanish-American War Veterans Unpaid Relief Applications, [ca. 1931-1942].
Unpaid applications for relief submitted by Minnesota veterans, or the survivors of veterans, of the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, and the China Relief Expedition, under the provisions of Laws of Minnesota 1931, Chapter 405. This relief program was administered by the Adjutant General as a member of the Spanish American War Veterans’ Relief Board. These applications appear to be those for which, for reasons unknown, no decision as to either payment or disallowance was made. Application packets may contain such documents as application forms, discharge papers, affidavits documenting residence, correspondence, and marriage and death certificates.
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid
Veterans Graves Registration Reports, [ca. 1930]-1975 (bulk 1930-1969).
Report forms for deceased veterans of the Civil and Indian wars, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korean War, and Vietnam War who are buried in Minnesota. They were compiled by the Veterans Affairs Department during the period 1930-1969. For the period 1970-1975, some counties (mainly Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Ramsey, and Swift) and the Fort Snelling cemetery continued to submit reports. Information provided: veteran’s name, date and place of enlistment, rank and organization, date and place of discharge, legal address or usual residence, birth date, death date, cause of death, name and address of next of kin, place of burial, name of cemetery, and grave location. These reports do not constitute a complete record of all veterans buried in Minnesota. Examples of the short form and the long form are available online.
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid. An index to these records is available in the Minnesota People Records Search.