Having worked with military pension files for many years, I have always regarded them as an invaluable resource. The drawback has been the cost and time involved in ordering them from NARA since I don't live near D.C. It was for these reasons that I decided to give Gopher Records a try. To say they exceeded my expectations would be a definite understatement. The scan quality of the pension files I received was excellent and having the documents in full color brought them more alive for me. If that wasn't enough, the cost was [...]
I ordered Civil War service and pension records from Gopher Records. The service was excellent, both professional and quick. The records I receive were excellent scans of the records in the file. One of the files contained an affidavit from an individual who identified the soldier as his uncle. This helped me confirm an unknown/unverified child of one of my ancestors. I would definitely use Gopher Records again!
I have used another service in the past. Gopher Records is by far better.
Bob Velke with Gopher Records is the best. I am an avid genealogist and had been trying to get my great-grandfather's Civil War records for several years. Covid made the ability to get them even more trying. I contacted Bob in mid-August of 2022 and received Grandpa's pension and service records in a few weeks. I received over 130 pages of documentation that I was able to download. I'm still pouring over all of the information, but it has helped me immensely to understand more about his life, his disabilities, and their cause, his [...]
I've been researching and documenting two ancestors' stories for several years now. I avoided getting records from NARA because the official process is tedious. With my research process ending and my writing process starting, I knew I needed more. There were numerous blanks that needed filled in for my ancestors, as well as a handful of close friends and cousins who served alongside them. Thankfully, I recently discovered Gopher Records, and was amazed at their speed, quality, and communication. The documents I got were a gold mine. Pensions revealed uncomfortable details of how the group suffered after the war. Service [...]
I can’t say enough good things about Bob and Gopher Records! Bob went above and beyond to help me locate several Civil War service and pension records for me. He was very responsive and even provided some valuable feedback in helping to narrow down the right record that I’d been searching for! I will definitely be using Gopher Records again in the future!
Gopher Records retrieved my great-grandfathers Civil War Pension Application and records, which were a treasure trove of information! It took a while due to Covid/NARA but Gopher kept me updated on their progress. Great service and worth every dime to find out his info!
I was frustrated with finding a 1812 pension record for one of my ancestors. I had his service record but not the pension. I thought I had checked every possible spelling of his last name. GOPHER found the record I needed in a short time. I will use this service again as I research my early Virginia ancestors.
Gopher Records found a Bounty Land Application and Warrant for the heirs of a soldier who died in the War of 1812. Two previous searches by others could not find it. It included affidavits to two courts identifying the soldier's wife and all of his children who were alive at the date of his death plus their ages. No other researcher of this family had a complete list of the children. I have spread it around to the others. It also included a letter from the government detailing the soldier's enlistment. The [...]
I was so pleased with my order of pension records that I came back to ask for homestead records- and the service was excellent! Excellent communication, the work was done on a timely schedule, and the price was very reasonable. The setup for ordering records and the payment and delivery system work beautifully. I'm going to be back and in the meantime, I'm recommending Gopher Records to friends working on their own family trees.