US, Arkansas—Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1893–1939


Project Instructions



What to Index in This Project

  • In this project you will index the names of ex-Confederate soldiers and their widows who were granted pensions. You will also index the names of those who applied for pensions but were denied one or those whose applications were delayed.
  • Some records, such as minutes, include the names of members of pension boards or others who oversaw the granting of pensions. These names should not be indexed. But do index the names of pensioners, widows, or applicants that might be included in these records.

How to Distinguish between a Principal and a Widow

  • The names of ex-soldiers (the principals) and widows are often intermingled in these records.
  • Index a name in the widow's name fields if it appears to be a woman's name or if it is accompanied by a notation of "W" or "widow" next to the name. Click here to see an example.
  • In this project, you should not index the word "Widow" in the Widow's Titles or Terms field, since the term is already included in the field names. Reserve the Widow's Titles or Terms field for other titles or terms, such as Mrs.

Multiple Dates

  • If more than one date was written on a record, index the most recent date.

Number of Records per Image

  • The data entry area is set at one record per image. You will often need to add records to account for all pensioners and widows listed in the document. To add records:
    1. On the menu bar, click Tools.
    2. Click Records per Image.
    3. Click in the Number of records box, and type the number of records on the image.
    4. Click OK.
  • If you press Tab or Enter after you complete the last record on an image, a message will appear, asking if you want to add one or more records to the image. If you have already indexed all the records on the image, do the following:
    1. Ensure that 0 (zero) is in the Number of records box.
    2. Click OK.

Damaged Pages

  • Some pages were damaged and are unreadable. When an entry line or part of an entry line is unreadable, mark the record or the field as unreadable, and continue to index the records or fields that are readable.
  • To mark a field as unreadable, press Ctrl+U, or do the following:
    1. On the menu bar, click Edit.
    2. Select Mark Field or Record.
    3. Click Mark Field Unreadable.
  • To mark an entire entry line (a record) as unreadable, press Ctrl+Shift+U, or do the following:
    1. On the menu bar, click Edit.
    2. Select Mark Field or Record.
    3. Click Mark Record Unreadable.

Highlights and the Ruler

  • Highlights are not available for this project. You may use the ruler instead to follow a record across an image.
  • If you choose to use the ruler, please be aware that the ruler is not anchored to the indexing screen and does not automatically move as you move to a new entry. To use the ruler:
    1. On the menu bar, click View.
    2. Select Show Ruler.

Handwriting Helps

  • Many of these records are handwritten. The handwriting resource on the data entry screen may help you decipher difficult handwriting.
  • To access this resource, click on the Handwriting Help icon (which looks like an inkwell with an orange feather quill).

Additional Information