2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 1, 2020 2:14 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Trying to request Civil War Pension Files


      Is the Archives accepting electronic filing of requests for Civil War Pension Files? Are they allowing persons to register? I haven't been able to do either.


        • Re: Trying to request Civil War Pension Files
          Alice Lane Pioneer

          Hi Eileen,

          Welcome to History Hub

          You could try this website familysearch.org is a free website you will need to register to use. The following link will take you to a page to enter a name and then they will direct you to another website...fold3.com...the pension file that you are seeking should come up on the screen, in order to copy/print the actual file you will need to join fold3, it is a pay site but they give you a free 7 day trial.



          Good luck in your search.

          Alice Lane

          Research Volunteer.

          • Re: Trying to request Civil War Pension Files
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Ms. Wicklund,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

            Please note that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has suspended reproduction and digitization services until further notice due to COVID-19. As part of this suspension, the option to request Civil War Pension files through eservices.archives.gov has been turned off. To place an order, please download and fill out a NATF Form 85 and mail the completed forms to the address listed on the form. Orders will not be serviced until operations can resume safely. Once operations resume, document reproduction requests will be filled in the order in which they were received. We apologize for any inconvenience.


            Also, please note that the records on FamilySearch shared by Ms. Lane are the pension index records, not the full pension case files.  If you can locate the index card for the person you are researching, please print it out and attach it to the NATF Form 85 as this will make it easier to locate the pension file when operations resume.


            We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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