Why are Revolutionary War records no longer available to the public. This is announced in a post copied below. As you must know, Fold3, an Ancestry.com company, is working to remove all copies of these public records from other web so that they are available ONLY through the Fold3 Pay site. How is this sort of exclusive access consistent with laws relating to open records and with the best interests of the public?
Jenette Parish Expert May 16, 2018 3:14 PM (in response to John J Percy III)
Thank you for contacting the history hub. Revolutionary War records are stored in Washington D.C. However, they are not accessible to the public. All Revolutionary War files have been digitized and made available via Fold3.com, with the exception of Final Payment Vouchers (FPV). FPV can be requested for review in person or ordered online. Colonial records or Revolutionary records are also held by the colonial states.
Alternative resources for Revolutionary War records may be state archives of the original colonies, the Daughters of the American Revolution, or Sons of American Revolution.
I hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!