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Civil War Records Found

I’ve searched for years to find answers to my ancestral riddles. Gopher found all the answers in a week, all I had to provide is a pension file number. The cost is far less than what I pay for subscriptions to well known genealogy sites. I highly recommend Gopher as a tool in the search for answers. Well done!

Great service

This is the second time I ordered a pension file from Gopher Records. The first absolutely no problems. This time for some reason I wasn't getting the link for my download. I emailed a couple of times to let them know I still hadn't received it. But I wasn't getting a response. So I was going to call but they called me first. They asked me to check my spam email & sure enough that's where it was!! I didn't even think to check that, duhh!! So everything was good. Great service & response. Just make sure to [...]

Civil War Pension

Way faster and way cheaper than ordering directly from NARA. Great service. Pension records are invaluable family history archives. I will be using the service again. Highly recommended.
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Finding Military Medical and Pension Records for My 2nd Great Grandfather

A friend suggested I try Gopher Records to find military medical, discharge and pension records for my 2nd Great Grandfather who was in the Civil War. Setting up the request on the website was fast and easy. I thought the cost was a bit steep ($76) for the Civil War Soldier Bundle (medical, discharge, pension), but if they could provide that information, it would be worth it. Unfortunately, they could not find any medical or discharge papers, but were able to find widow pension records. Gopher Records sent me a link to the [...]

Reliable, Professional Service

I ordered Civil War files. Before the files were retrieved from the Archive, I was contacted to clarify details because the name in the files was spelled differently than in the index I had. I was allowed to decide whether or not it was the same person before being charged. Once I gave the go-ahead, I was given an approximate delivery date. To my delight, the file was available earlier and included good copies of all the documents requested! The process of ordering, paying and downloading the PDF copy of the files was simple and worked smoothly with no [...]

great grandfather’s records

Bob was super awesome to work with. He is extremely kind and very helpful. He was very easy to understand and explained things completely until I had a full understanding. I would highly recommend his services to anyone. Thank You Bob. Your services are appreciated more than you will ever know. jj

Detailed info for those craving it

Happy to report another positive experience with Gopher records. I'm working on two regimental histories, and needed confirmation & context for several storylines I had uncovered. Gopher records quickly and thoroughly provided service records, medical records, and pensions that helped flesh out the stories I'm crafting. I highly recommend this service to anyone researching ancestors or regiments.
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Great service from Gopher Records!

As a first time customer, I'm very pleased by the prompt and complete pension file documents from NARA that Gopher Records obtained on my Civil War ancestor.

Always prompt and economical

Over the past year, I have ordered several sets of records (pension, service and medical) from, and have always been pleased with their service. Not only are the downloads clear and complete, but they are priced much less than files ordered direct from NARA, and arrive MUCH faster (by a matter of months!) I will be ordering several more in the coming months. Thank you Bob Velke, and! jh

The best Records Retrieval service in the business

I learned about Gopher Records through the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Having had a bad experience with another service, I was reluctant to try them. I am sure glad I did. They delivered all that they promised in an unbelievably short time and at a price that was far below any other service or the National Archives. I belong to several Facebook groups dedicated to the Civil War and put the word out. I have since heard from two people from my Facebook postings thanking me for telling them about Gopher Records because they were [...]