Well….. My internet has been working all day today; since about 9 this morning. Have no idea why. However; I did shut down my computer for a while this morning; and restarted it about an hour later. Internet has worked ever since. So…. I will be rescheduling the Google Hangout for the discussion of “The Value of Pension Files for Genealogy” within the next couple of days. I will likely schedule it for early next week; and will (of course) post here in advance of it.
In the meantime; for those of you who have obtained a pension file for one or more of your ancestors; what was the best or most unexpected thing you found in a pension?
I’ll start with one of my own. I got a Civil War pension file for a GG Grandfather; who was the father of my Great-Grandmother. He was married (to someone other than my GG Grandmother); but had 5 children with her. Although I was told that he was the father of my G-Grandmother; I never expected any written confirmation. I was surprised when I received his pension file to see a deposition by someone who had stated that he visited my great grandmother’s house frequently; and that he had fathered several children with her. A very nice surprise in this pension file.
Would love to hear about something you found in a pension file.