Ancestry.com. U.S. House of Representative Private Claims, Vol. 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.Original data: House of Representatives. Digested Summary and Alphabetical List of Private Claims Which Have Been Presented to the House of Representatives. Vol. I. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1853.
Responsible for the allocation of federal funds, the United States Congress received thousands of claims for money, land, or aid in the first seventy-five years of the Union. This database is a collection of claims to the House of Representatives in the early nineteenth century. It contains a variety of claims, including applications for pension benefits, compensation for services provided to the government, land, and change in pension benefits. Each entry provides the claimant's name, nature of the claim, and what action was taken by the House. In some entries, a residence is listed. Although most of the records are for claims in the first half of the nineteenth century, a few can be found from 1799. Including the names of nearly, 23,000 men and women, this can be a useful source of information to researchers of early Americans.