In remembrance this Memorial Day, Ancestry.com has opened several of their American Civil War databases to the public for free. These databases are free only when accessed through the PaCivilWar site at http://www.pacivilwar.com/freepension.htmlhttp://www.pacivilwar.com/freepension.html.
Of special interest to Spanish-American War researchers are:
**FREE Civil War & Spanish American War Pension Index Images of 2.5 million Federal pension application cards that includes the veteran's name, state, regiment. It also contains the certificate number that can be used to order a soldiers' service and pension records from NARA. Many times, these pension records are gold mines of genealogy information.
Other Databases include:
**FREE 1890 Census Veterans Schedule Often used as a head-of-household substitute for the 1890 Federal Census that was destroyed by fire, the Veterans' Census of Union and some Confederate soldiers is one of the newest census digitized by Ancestry.
**FREE Disabled Soldiers Home Soldiers at various National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in 1895. Information includes name of soldier, company or regiment, rank, length of service, birth, age, where admitted from, occupation, married or single, and more.
This invitation is being offered only to PACivilWar visitors. The URL to get your free use of these military databases until June 10 is