Pennsylvania Volunteers
in the Spanish-American War


Look for your ancestors in this genealogy database of PA Spanish-American War soldiers. Use these free Pennsylvania military records to help with your PA genealogy search. Send away for your ancestor's military pension records & learn about your PA ancestry & family history.

PA Spanish American War

Request Pension Records

Spanish-American War pension records typically have birth dates, addresses of next of kin, medical information, proof of marriage, proof of children's births, a summary of military service, pages from family Bibles, family letters, depositions of witnesses, affidavits, discharge papers and other supporting papers, and death certificates. The amount of data received varies from a few pages to 100's of pages.

To request your ancestor's military complete pension record, use the certificate number from the Spanish-American /Civil War Pension Index available with a FREE trial at
  • If the pension card does NOT include a "CX" or "C" number at the bottom, order the pension records from NARA. Order the "Federal Military Pension Applications - Complete File" from NARA online.   You may also order by mail by requesting Form 85 from the NARA website.

    For best results, NARA suggests sending a copy of the Pension index card from Ancestry. Read more detailed info about Getting the Most Out of the Civil War Pension Index, Part I Ordering Copies of Original Pension Records from the National Archives. (The article refers to the Civil War Pension index, but this index actually includes Civil War as well as Spanish American War veterans.)

  • If the pension card includes a "CX" or "C" number at the bottom, it is quite likely that the record is still in the custody of the Veterans Administration instead of NARA. Also, if your soldier died after 1928, the pension file may be held by the Veteran's Administration. In either case, send a letter to:
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Director, Records Management Service (005E3)
    810 Vermont Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20420
Use the following sample letter:

(Write Freedom of Information Act Request on the envelope.)

Veterans Administration Regional Office
(Your state of residence)

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am advised that there is a veteran's pension file for my (list relationship) (list name), designated C-(list certificate # from Ancestry database), and it is in the custody of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

I am requesting that you conduct a BIRLS search for the file and retrieve it for my use from the Federal Records Center where it is currently housed. Procedures for recall of records from Federal Records Centers are found in VA Handbook 6300.1, Chapter 6, Part 5.

Thank you,
your name, address, and phone number

For additional information about the Freedom of Information Act, visit Freedom of Information .

The address for the VA FOIA/ Privacy Act Officer is:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Director, Records Management Service (005E3)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420 Databases

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