OBTAINING NATIONAL ARCHIVES RECORDS
There are four ways to obtain copies of these files:
Request copies from the National Archives.
Borrow the microfilm version of these files from the National
Archives through inter-library loan (for information, consult Guide
to Genealogical Research in the National Archives, listed above).
Borrow the microfilm through the Family History Centers (ask at the
nearest Family History Center for information).
Visit the National Archives in Seattle or Washington D.C.
All of these options will involve fees or other costs.
To request copies of records directly from the National Archives,
use NATF Form 80 for each request (use three forms if you are
requesting all three types of files for your veteran). Forms may be
requested by mail from:
Reference Services Branch
National Archives and Records Administration
8th and Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington D.C. 20408
You will need to provide the veteran's name, which war (if any)
he/she served in, the state from which he/she served, and which
branch of the military he/she served in (Army, Navy or Marines). If
you have it, also include the date or place of birth or death, the
pension number and/or the bounty land file number, and the military
Expect an answer in a minimum of 8-10 weeks. You will receive a
report on what information was found. Next you will need to send $10
for copies of the forms (if the files are very large, the fee will