NARA Record Rates Rise
National Archives and Records Administration begins charging more for record orders.
The moment genealogists had been dreading finally arrived this fall: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) <> began charging more for record orders Oct. 1, 2008.

The reproduction fee for a Civil War pension file rose from $37 to $75 for up to 100 pages, plus 65 cents per additional page (for files longer than 100 pages, staff will provide a price quote before filling the order). You'll now pay $50 for pre-Civil War pension files regardless of length, and 75 cents per page for other records.

Genealogists objected early last year when NARA proposed new rates, including $125 and $60 for Civil War and pre-Civil War pensions, respectively. The agency received 1,281 responses during the required 60-day public comment period.