If you are searching for an ancestor,
you may write to the The National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC at the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org or
General Reference Branch (NNRG-P)
National Archives and Records Administration
7th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20408
Or you may call: (202) 501-5652.
Whether you write or call, make sure you ask for
the NATF 80 form.
NATF 80 Form
This is the form used by The National Archives for obtaining military and pensions
records for men who have served before World War I. You are only charged the
$10 fee if the Archives finds information. Length of mailing time, once you've sent the
form, depends upon how the Archives is staffed.
Sometimes it can take 3 months. The cost is $10 for
pension records and $10 for military records. Only if you ask, will the Archives send
you the veteran's complete file, at an extra charge.
The more information you supply, the better chance NARA has of finding your
ancestor. What you receive is variable.
Bear in mind that sometimes a person entered under a false name, or that there could be