If your Florida ancestors fought in the Civil War in the Confederate forces, today's free genealogy resource is for you. In 1885, the first Confederate pensions were authorized in the state. Civil War veterans and their widows that met certain requirements were able to receive a small monthly pension.
These pension applications can be an invaluable resource for genealogical information. Information you can expect to find include service information, residency, date and place of birth. Widows applications may also include place and date of their birth and information on the veteran's death.
The Florida Archives have digitized the Confederate Pension Files. It is searchable by surname or application number. The results screen gives the application number, surname, given name, service unit, reference information, wife's name and application year and county. Clicking on the application number will take you to another screen which has hyperlinked pages to the file.
If official copies of the file are needed or wanted, they can be ordered for a small fee. Currently as of the date of this post, the fee is $7.50 per file. Applications for both the veteran and widow are filed together so there is only one fee even if there were two separate applications.