1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 14, 2019 12:43 PM by J. Andrew

    Revolutionary War


      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)

      Mr. Percy,

      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!



        • Re: Revolutionary War
          J. Andrew Scout

          I can't speak to the law or NARA's interpretations, but as an interested member of the public I hope I can clear up a misconception. 

          The records are not closed to the public nor does the public need to pay a fee to a third party to see them.

          According to the National Archives's website "Free access to Ancestry.com and Fold3.com is available in all Research Rooms at the National Archives, including those in our regional archives and Presidential libraries."

          Furthermore, these records records will eventually be made available through the National Archives Catalog, and indeed many records scanned through one of the Archives's digitization partnerships have already been made available through the catalog.

          See Digitization at the National Archives for more information, to include NARA Principles for Partnerships to Digitize Archival Materials.

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