I have a question & am hoping the small but growing number of readers to this blog can help. My 4thgreat-grandmother Elizabeth Thornhill Jones applied for a pension for Robert Jones Sr who died following the Mexican War. This is exciting news as pension files can have a great deal of useful genealogical information. I have the file number, dated 30 December 1852.
My questions are:
- If I go to the National Archives in person, can I pick up the copies there by submitting form NATF 85A? And if not,
- How long does it take to receive the copies if I submit the form online?
I'll post an update once I receive the documents, and I'm looking forward to what may be in this file.
[UPDATE 2 February 9:45am]
I used the Ask a Question feature on the National Archives site on Tuesday, and received a reply today followed up by a phone call from a very helpful researcher. She said that I came to the Archives and submitted the paperwork, they can pull the pension record within an hour & a half to two hours, and then I can copy it there. Fantastic! So it looks like I may need to take a lunch break walk down to the National Archives.