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Question about Civ War pension records

I posted earlier about receiving files for my gr-grandmother's brother Dennis Weaver.

I also received a notice from NARA about the other pension file I applied for at the same time - the file of my gr-grandfather John Oliver. I found the index card online - with 2 contesting "widows" and was excited about the information it might contain.

The letter from NARA says "the file that you have searched for is not among our records in the National Archives".

The second page of NARA letter states:

"The pension application files in our custody were considered "closed" in about 1929. The way to access the file you need is via the Department of Veterans Affairs. We recognize that we should have these files in the National Archives and we are working with the Department of Veteran's Affairs to have them transferred to us. You need to write a letter to the VA Freedom of Information Officer. Syate that you are requesting access to the pension file under the Freedom of Information Act. Give them the XC pension number and the other information that you have provided. Then write "I am requesting that you conduct a BIRLS (Benificiary Information and Records Locator Syestem) search for the file and retrieve it for my use from the Federal Records Center where it is currently housed"

Goes on to say that I have to state I'm willing to pay applicable fees etc etc.

Has anyone had to go through this process? Just wonder why I got Dennis Weaver's files from NARA - and why John Oliver's are held by another government agency? Also wondering how long it will take to get the files under FOIA and what they may cost?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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