On the Bookshelf: Veterans

Sixteen volumes that deal with veterans are currently linked on the Law: Special Topics page of The Advancing Genealogist website. Various years of three main collection titles are of interest to veterans and genealogists alike.

These U.S. government publications deserve a look. Publication years do not define content years. Many contain historic information.

  • Pension Laws. Find volumes published in 1966, 1972, and 1981. These compilations list pension laws from 1918 through 1980, and include Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard retirement, and pension laws related to the Indian Wars, War of 1812, Civil War, Philippine Insurrection, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Boxer Rebellion, Korean conflict, and more. Laws on topics like artificial limbs and widows and war orphans are included.
  • Historical Development of Pensions for Veterans and Their Dependents. Volumes published in 1952, 1954, and 1958 are included. Tables in these volumes cover the “historical development of pensions” for veterans, their widows, and children, for service in the Indian Wars through the Korean Conflict.
  • State Veterans’ Laws: Digests of State Laws and Related Statistical Data Regarding Rights, Benefits, and Privileges of Veterans and Their Dependents [and related titles]. Editions published in 1950, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1979, and 1992 are on the shelves. These federal publications compile state laws providing benefits to veterans, including (but not limited to), state bonuses, loans, tax relief, and burial benefits. Some early editions include compiled territorial and state vital records laws, and similar information for Canada, Cuba, and the Philippines, plus tables of ages of majority for foreign countries, and more.  

To browse these books, visit the Law: Special Topics page and scroll down to Veterans.

Happy Veterans Day, and thank you to all who have served.

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