Source Information

Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of the Interior Decisions on Pensions and Bounty-Land Claims, 1886-1930 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
Original data: U.S. Department of the Interior. Decisions of the Department of the Interior – Pensions and Bounty-Land Claims, 1887-1930, Volumes 1-22. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.

About U.S., Department of the Interior Decisions on Pensions and Bounty-Land Claims, 1886-1930

This is a collection of decisions from the Department of the Interior on appeals for pension and bounty-land claims. The decisions run from 1887 until 1930. They include either soldiers or their widows appealing pension decisions to the Department of the Interior, as well as bounty-land claims appeals. The records are in effect judicial briefs outlining the details and the reasons for a reversal or affirmation of a decision in each case.

The records are searchable by:

  • Claimant
  • Date of decision
  • Birth year
  • Residence
  • Date of marriage
  • Spouse’s name

Records may also include:

  • Claim subject
  • Date of birth
  • Birthplace
  • Spouse’s date of birth
  • Spouse’s residence
  • Spouse’s date of death
  • Spouse’s death place
  • Military units
  • Military ranks
  • Military service
  • Names of children
  • Beginning page
  • Ending page
  • Volume