Your War of 1812 veteran may not have lived long enough to qualify for a military pension, but he may have qualified for a land warrant based on his military service.

Many land warrants for War of 1812 military service were granted in the 1850s–either to the veteran or his widow. The names of warrantees (if the warrant generated a land patent) at the Bureau of Land Management website (

If you are unfamiliar with land warrants, make certain to have an understanding of the following terms first:

  • patentee
  • warrantee
  • patent
  • warrant

And if your ancestor received land, there are additional terms to learn. All are described on the BLM’s “Reference” page. Not knowing what something means can lead to additional brick walls.

Michael John Neill writes Casefile Clues in addition to Genealogy Tip of the Day. Learn more about Casefile Clues on our blog.



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