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Bounty Land Warrant War of 1812

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 [...]

Civil War Records

I have used another service in the past. Gopher Records is by far better.

Very happy with Gopher Records

The team at Gopher Records was quick and efficient getting me homestead files and military files for my research. Their communication is straight-forward and honest. When the archives was closed I received several updates letting me know when Gopher Records would be able to go and access records. Overall very pleased with their services!

Civil War Pension Records

I was very pleased with the complete Pension file of 25 pages and the fast turnaround time. I told my Genealogy Writing group that meets by zoom every week about sending for them. They talked about how long they had to wait when they hired people to look for them. Everyone was pleasantly surprised to learn that I received the file the next week. AND the pension file proved the cause of death of my Civil War Ancestor. (Different sides of the family had completely different stories about how he died.) Thank you, Linda

Very satisfied

I learned about the service from a Civil War forum to which I'm a member. As it happens, I do cemetery preservation work at an historic cemetery and often research persons interred there. Civil War veterans is a key interest of mine. So, long story short, I ended up doing some preservation work in another cemetery and was researching two vets whose stones I would eventually repair. I needed their records so I could share their history at the workshop I was to conduct. Gopher was very quick and made an exception for me due to [...]

Civil War Records

Thank you so much for retrieving these records for me. It was a long wait due to the pandemic and the Archives being closed, but it arrived quickly once the Archive opened up and it was worth it in the end! This particular Civil War Widow's Pension record revealed so much (there was a contested widow). It is invaluable, and I highly recommend that researchers attempt to find these records for their own ancestors.


Had a very good experience with Gopher Records. They responsed quickly and I receive the records faster than I expected. Good price too.


If I could I'd give this company a 10 star rating! Several years ago I ordered NARA records from another company claiming to be fast and inexpensive. I didn't get all of the documents I originally ordered AND it took them MONTHS and a great many emails, phone calls, etc to even get the records. I was hesitant to try again but, hey, it's a different company. I could not be more pleased with Gopher Records!! I ordered service records for my Great Grandfather, my Great Great Grandfather and a Great Great Uncle. In less than a week Gopher Records [...]

Thanks for answering the Q: Where's James Thomas?

Gopher Records has retrieved several pensions for me. I could not be happier with their service and price. Each has contained valuable information--much of it containing sole-source genealogical facts. I have found pension fraud, child abandonment, bigamy, communications of historic import, and a physical artifact. Until you see a full pension packet, you have little idea how much you can get to know ancestors via them. The enclosed image is just the latest amazing discovery. James Thomas' life was not very well documented in the usual family tree hangouts like Ancestry and FamilySearch. The reason is hidden in his pension [...]
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