Out on a Limb: Tale of Two NARAs

By the time this magazine is in your hands, two things are likely: I'll have ordered my first Civil War pension file from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) <archives.gov>. And the price of obtaining that document by mail will have tripled.

In March, NARA proposed major fee hikes on document photocopies, with Civil War pensions leading the pack. If the increase goes through, you'll have to pay $125 for what costs $37 as I write this — hence why I plan to order my ancestor's record right away.