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familymatters2u

Fast Retrieval of Federal Records

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familymatters2u

Fast Retrieval of Federal Records

54

Reviews
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familymatters2u

Fast Retrieval of Federal Records

54

Reviews
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familymatters2u

Washington, DC Metro Area

Fast Retrieval of Federal Records

14 Recent Reviews
40 Legacy Reviews
100% positive

$35.00/hour

Lee James Irwin

Washington, DC Metro Area
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Response Rate

100%

Response Time

3 days


Provider Info
Services
About Me

I have served over 100 clients in the last 10 years.
Delivered various talks to local groups.
Published a variety of articles and two books.

Research Services

- Promptly deliver documents from national institutions including the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- Undertake original research.
- Guide clients in their own research.
- Read and translate German texts.
- Supply historical and social context for ancestors' lives.

Education/Training

Completion of the National Geealogical Society's course on "American Genealogy." Post-graduate study of American history. I've researched my own family for 30 years. Client research since 1995. Fluent in German.

Research Specialities
  • Anabaptist
  • Civil War
  • Federal Records
  • German
  • Library of Congress
  • Military
  • House Historical
Research Localities
  • Washington, DC
  • Bucks, PA, USA
  • Fairfax, VA, USA
  • United States
  • Mercer, PA, USA
Research Repositories
  • National Archives at Washington, DC
  • Library of Congress
  • DAR Library
  • Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Birth/marriage/death records
Brick wall analysis/research planning
Cemetery photos
Descendancy research
Divorce records
Genetic genealogy
Land/tax records
Lineage determination
Lineage society applications
Manuscript preparation
Naturalization records
Obituary research
Pension/military service records
Photo restoration
Probate/court records
Surname studies
Translation/transcription

Record Retrieval
Images

How to Hire familymatters2u for Your Genealogy Research Project

To request a no-obligation quote for a custom genealogical research project, click the red "Submit Research Request" button at the top of this page.

To message the provider before ordering, click the brown "Ask Question First" button.

If you're looking for assistance with straightforward document retrieval tasks, consider ordering one of the fixed-fee offerings below.

Fixed-Fee Document Retrieval Offerings

  • Civil War Soldiers Pension Files
    Pension application files – even disapproved ones – are often rich with genealogical information. You may find the soldier’s name, rank, military u...

    $50.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Civil War Soldiers Pension Files

    $50.00/record

    Description

    Pension application files – even disapproved ones – are often rich with genealogical information. You may find the soldier’s name, rank, military unit, period of service, residence, birthplace, date of birth, and age at enlistment.

    I will take digital color photos of the entire file. Turn-around time for your request will average ten days. If a file cannot be found, I will report the sources I have searched.

    Ordering Instructions

    Provide the following information on any Union veteran (including loyal southerners and colored troops) with at least the following:

    1. Name
    2. Military unit
    3. State served.

    Add what you know of the following:

    4. Rank(s)
    5. Period of service
    6. Residence when mustered in
    7. Place of birth or age
    8. Place of birth
    9. Names of spouse (including maiden name) and children.
    10. Pension application number(s)
    11. Pension certificate number(s)
    12. Widow’s new name if remarried.


    ×
  • Civil War Widows or Dependents Pensions (up to ...
    Widows pension application files are rich with genealogical information. You may find the soldier’s name, rank, military unit, period of service, r...

    $50.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Civil War Widows or Dependents Pensions (up to 100 pages)

    $50.00/record

    Description

    Widows pension application files are rich with genealogical information. You may find the soldier’s name, rank, military unit, period of service, residence, birthplace, date of birth, and age at enlistment. It may also contain her name, age, residence, maiden name, marriage date and place, and the soldier’s death date and place. A dependents’ file may give the children’s names, other heirs’ names, dates and places of their births, residences, and date of mother’s death.

    Identify your soldier and widow by name, state and unit (e.g., John Smith, Sgt., Co. D, 211th Regiment, Penn. Infantry. Widow Jane Smith.)

    I will then copy the file with a digital camera, and upload the files to Genlighten. [If a file has more than 100 pages, we can create a second project for $25 to cover the remainder.] Turn-around time for your request will average ten days.

    Ordering Instructions

    Provide the following information on any Union veteran (including loyal southerners and colored troops) with at least the following:

    1. Name
    2. Military unit
    3. State served.

    Add what you know of the following:

    4. Rank(s) 5. Period of service
    6. Residence when mustered in
    7. Place of birth or age
    8. Place of birth
    9. Names of spouse (including maiden name) and children.
    10. Pension application number(s)
    11. Pension certificate number(s)
    12. Widow’s new name if remarried.


    ×
  • Civil War Military Service
    Compiled Military Service Records consist of envelopes about the size of a modern business envelope with the soldier’s name, rank and unit on the f...

    $25.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Civil War Military Service

    $25.00/record

    Description

    Compiled Military Service Records consist of envelopes about the size of a modern business envelope with the soldier’s name, rank and unit on the front. Inside are muster (attendance) cards filled out every two months to account for the soldier’s whereabouts. In some cases, the cards show his absence on furlough, in hospital, in prison or on detail assignment.

    I will retrieve from the National Archives the original Compiled Service Record of any soldier whom the “user” identifies by name, state, and unit (e.g., John Smith, Sgt., Co. D, 211th Regt., Pa. Inf.) Retrieval steps include searchinig indexes for relevant service record file; submitting a “pull” request to NARA staff, waiting one hour for delivery; receiving the file. I will then copy the entire contents (1-15 muster cards) in digital form, and upload the digital files to Genlighten.

    Ordering Instructions

    Provide the following information on any Union veteran (including loyal southerners and colored troops) with at least the following:

    1. Name
    2. Military unit
    3. State served.

    Add what you know of the following:

    4. Rank(s)
    5. Period of service
    6. Residence when mustered in
    7. Date and place of birth.
    8. Date and place of enlistment.


    ×
  • Printed German to English Translation
    I will translate 1 page (250 words) of printed or typed German text into English. Will also provide any needed explanatory notes. Texts might inclu...

    $15.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Printed German to English Translation

    $15.00/record

    Description

    I will translate 1 page (250 words) of printed or typed German text into English. Will also provide any needed explanatory notes. Texts might include letters, obituaries, government forms, etc. Additional pages at same rate per page.

    Ordering Instructions

    - Provide the clearest scan or digital picture of your document. Include covers or title pages. Include image of the whole page and close-ups when possible.

    - Tell where it came from (family keepsake, microfilm, photocopy, German-language book or newspaper, etc.)

    - Give any information, or your best guess, as to its date and place of origin.

    - Explain what you believe the text is about or what kind of document it is.

    - Tell how the text fits into your research or how you intend to use the translation.


    ×
  • Handwritten German Translation
    I will translate a handwritten German text into English and provide any needed explanatory notes. Texts might include letters, church records, cert...

    $25.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Handwritten German Translation

    $25.00/record

    Description

    I will translate a handwritten German text into English and provide any needed explanatory notes. Texts might include letters, church records, certificates, vital records, etc. Price is for one page (or 250 words.)

    Ordering Instructions

    - Provide the clearest possible scan or digital picture of your document. Include covers or title pages. Include image of the whole page and close-ups when possible.

    - Tell where it came from (family keepsake, microfilm, photocopy, German-language book or newspaper, etc.)

    - Give any information, or your best guess, as to its date and place of origin.

    - Explain what you believe the text is about or what kind of document it is.

    - Tell how the text fits into your research or how you intend to use the translation.


    ×
  • Bucks Co., PA Court Abstracts (1 name)
    I will search publications at the Library of Congress which provide abstracts of wills, intestate estate administrations, deeds, guardianship and o...

    $20.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Bucks Co., PA Court Abstracts (1 name)

    $20.00/record

    Description

    I will search publications at the Library of Congress which provide abstracts of wills, intestate estate administrations, deeds, guardianship and other legal documents of the Orphans Court and Recorder of Deeds. (Please note these are abstracts of one or two paragraphs, not full probate files.)

    Such information may give complete family names not found in censuses before 1850 or the lost 1890 census. May show names of spouses of married daughters. Establish death dates. Identify places of residence within the county. Name adjoining landholders.

    Ordering Instructions

    - Provide the name of one person who may have have had involvement with such a legal transaction.

    - Give an approximate date when the action took place.

    - Supply what you know about where he or she lived in Bucks Co.

    - Give birth and death dates, including best estimates.

    - Name other members of the immediate family (parents, siblings, spouse, children) that are known.

    - Suggest likely alternative spellings of the surname.


    ×

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14 Reviews
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Communication
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40 Legacy Reviews

100% positive

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devwill55

As second time user, I must state that my experience from Mr. Irwin was consistent with my previous one. He provided excellent and speedy service, providing crisp, beautiful photos of my 3rd great-grandfather's Civil War pension. I recommend his services any time and am very thankful he was able to accomplish this task for me.

November 2015


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devwill55

The delivery was smooth and the pictures of the documents were sharp. 100% satisfied and able to completely recommend the service provided on a civil war pension.

November 2015


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genferret

Working with Lee was a great experience. He responded quickly and professionally to my research request, and delivered clear digital copies in a time frame that surpassed my expectations. I'd definitely work with him again, and would recommend him to others.

June 2015


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ohioroots

Clear photos of the pension pages. Quick turn around. Thank you.

March 2015


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matt743

Another great job from Lee! Can't recommend him high enough, everything always goes amazingly. Use his services today, you won't regret it!

March 2015


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matt743

Quick, thorough, and great work as always! I highly recommend Lee to anyone who is seeking his services, you will not be disappointed. Will be a returning customer!

March 2015


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matt743

Quick, thorough, and great work as always! I highly recommend Lee to anyone who is seeking his services, you will not be disappointed. Will be a returning customer!

March 2015


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ew-research

From the beginning to the completion of the project, the researcher was both professional, courteous and enthusiastic. It is clear in talking to him that he is very knowledgeable on various subjects, and so my project was not beyond his scope of understanding. He provided me with the material he found in a very organized fashion, and had it sent soon after he did the research. I would highly recommend this provider, and thank him for the work well done.

January 2015


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nancyfiore

Thank you so much for the valuable information on our Civil War ancestor!

October 2014


Juli

julic

I received fast and accurate service. Much appreciated.

March 2014


Lee James is a thoughtful genealogical researcher. He takes the time to research the subject to be explored and documented. His written work is clearly written and easily understandable. He looks at his projects as learning experiences for himself and his clients. He is good to work with and communicates well with everyone he works with.

Sean F.

Colleague


Lee James Irwin

Washington, DC Metro Area

$35.00 /hour

Response Rate

100%

Response Time

3 days

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About Me

I have served over 100 clients in the last 10 years.
Delivered various talks to local groups.
Published a variety of articles and two books.

Research Services

- Promptly deliver documents from national institutions including the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- Undertake original research.
- Guide clients in their own research.
- Read and translate German texts.
- Supply historical and social context for ancestors' lives.

Education/Training

Completion of the National Geealogical Society's course on "American Genealogy." Post-graduate study of American history. I've researched my own family for 30 years. Client research since 1995. Fluent in German.

Research Specialities
  • Anabaptist
  • Civil War
  • Federal Records
  • German
  • Library of Congress
  • Military
  • House Historical
Research Localities
  • Washington, DC
  • Bucks, PA, USA
  • Fairfax, VA, USA
  • United States
  • Mercer, PA, USA
Research Repositories
  • National Archives at Washington, DC
  • Library of Congress
  • DAR Library
  • Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Birth/marriage/death records
Brick wall analysis/research planning
Cemetery photos
Descendancy research
Divorce records
Genetic genealogy
Land/tax records
Lineage determination
Lineage society applications
Manuscript preparation
Naturalization records
Obituary research
Pension/military service records
Photo restoration
Probate/court records
Surname studies
Translation/transcription

How to Hire familymatters2u for Your Genealogy Research Project

To request a no-obligation quote for a custom genealogical research project, click the red "Submit Research Request" button to the left.

To message the provider before ordering, click the brown "Ask a Question First" button.

If you're looking for assistance with straightforward document retrieval tasks, consider ordering one of the fixed-fee offerings below.

Fixed-Fee Document Retrieval Offerings

  • Civil War Soldiers Pension Files
    Pension application files – even disapproved ones – are often rich with genealogical information. You may find the soldier’s na...

    $50.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Civil War Soldiers Pension Files

    $50.00/record

    Description

    Pension application files – even disapproved ones – are often rich with genealogical information. You may find the soldier’s name, rank, military unit, period of service, residence, birthplace, date of birth, and age at enlistment.

    I will take digital color photos of the entire file. Turn-around time for your request will average ten days. If a file cannot be found, I will report the sources I have searched.

    Ordering Instructions

    Provide the following information on any Union veteran (including loyal southerners and colored troops) with at least the following:

    1. Name
    2. Military unit
    3. State served.

    Add what you know of the following:

    4. Rank(s)
    5. Period of service
    6. Residence when mustered in
    7. Place of birth or age
    8. Place of birth
    9. Names of spouse (including maiden name) and children.
    10. Pension application number(s)
    11. Pension certificate number(s)
    12. Widow’s new name if remarried.


    ×
  • Civil War Widows or Dependents Pensions (up to ...
    Widows pension application files are rich with genealogical information. You may find the soldier’s name, rank, military unit, ...

    $50.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Civil War Widows or Dependents Pensions (up to 100 pages)

    $50.00/record

    Description

    Widows pension application files are rich with genealogical information. You may find the soldier’s name, rank, military unit, period of service, residence, birthplace, date of birth, and age at enlistment. It may also contain her name, age, residence, maiden name, marriage date and place, and the soldier’s death date and place. A dependents’ file may give the children’s names, other heirs’ names, dates and places of their births, residences, and date of mother’s death.

    Identify your soldier and widow by name, state and unit (e.g., John Smith, Sgt., Co. D, 211th Regiment, Penn. Infantry. Widow Jane Smith.)

    I will then copy the file with a digital camera, and upload the files to Genlighten. [If a file has more than 100 pages, we can create a second project for $25 to cover the remainder.] Turn-around time for your request will average ten days.

    Ordering Instructions

    Provide the following information on any Union veteran (including loyal southerners and colored troops) with at least the following:

    1. Name
    2. Military unit
    3. State served.

    Add what you know of the following:

    4. Rank(s) 5. Period of service
    6. Residence when mustered in
    7. Place of birth or age
    8. Place of birth
    9. Names of spouse (including maiden name) and children.
    10. Pension application number(s)
    11. Pension certificate number(s)
    12. Widow’s new name if remarried.


    ×
  • Civil War Military Service
    Compiled Military Service Records consist of envelopes about the size of a modern business envelope with the soldier’s name, ra...

    $25.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Civil War Military Service

    $25.00/record

    Description

    Compiled Military Service Records consist of envelopes about the size of a modern business envelope with the soldier’s name, rank and unit on the front. Inside are muster (attendance) cards filled out every two months to account for the soldier’s whereabouts. In some cases, the cards show his absence on furlough, in hospital, in prison or on detail assignment.

    I will retrieve from the National Archives the original Compiled Service Record of any soldier whom the “user” identifies by name, state, and unit (e.g., John Smith, Sgt., Co. D, 211th Regt., Pa. Inf.) Retrieval steps include searchinig indexes for relevant service record file; submitting a “pull” request to NARA staff, waiting one hour for delivery; receiving the file. I will then copy the entire contents (1-15 muster cards) in digital form, and upload the digital files to Genlighten.

    Ordering Instructions

    Provide the following information on any Union veteran (including loyal southerners and colored troops) with at least the following:

    1. Name
    2. Military unit
    3. State served.

    Add what you know of the following:

    4. Rank(s)
    5. Period of service
    6. Residence when mustered in
    7. Date and place of birth.
    8. Date and place of enlistment.


    ×
  • Printed German to English Translation
    I will translate 1 page (250 words) of printed or typed German text into English. Will also provide any needed explanatory note...

    $15.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Printed German to English Translation

    $15.00/record

    Description

    I will translate 1 page (250 words) of printed or typed German text into English. Will also provide any needed explanatory notes. Texts might include letters, obituaries, government forms, etc. Additional pages at same rate per page.

    Ordering Instructions

    - Provide the clearest scan or digital picture of your document. Include covers or title pages. Include image of the whole page and close-ups when possible.

    - Tell where it came from (family keepsake, microfilm, photocopy, German-language book or newspaper, etc.)

    - Give any information, or your best guess, as to its date and place of origin.

    - Explain what you believe the text is about or what kind of document it is.

    - Tell how the text fits into your research or how you intend to use the translation.


    ×
  • Handwritten German Translation
    I will translate a handwritten German text into English and provide any needed explanatory notes. Texts might include letters, ...

    $25.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Handwritten German Translation

    $25.00/record

    Description

    I will translate a handwritten German text into English and provide any needed explanatory notes. Texts might include letters, church records, certificates, vital records, etc. Price is for one page (or 250 words.)

    Ordering Instructions

    - Provide the clearest possible scan or digital picture of your document. Include covers or title pages. Include image of the whole page and close-ups when possible.

    - Tell where it came from (family keepsake, microfilm, photocopy, German-language book or newspaper, etc.)

    - Give any information, or your best guess, as to its date and place of origin.

    - Explain what you believe the text is about or what kind of document it is.

    - Tell how the text fits into your research or how you intend to use the translation.


    ×
  • Bucks Co., PA Court Abstracts (1 name)
    I will search publications at the Library of Congress which provide abstracts of wills, intestate estate administrations, deeds...

    $20.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Bucks Co., PA Court Abstracts (1 name)

    $20.00/record

    Description

    I will search publications at the Library of Congress which provide abstracts of wills, intestate estate administrations, deeds, guardianship and other legal documents of the Orphans Court and Recorder of Deeds. (Please note these are abstracts of one or two paragraphs, not full probate files.)

    Such information may give complete family names not found in censuses before 1850 or the lost 1890 census. May show names of spouses of married daughters. Establish death dates. Identify places of residence within the county. Name adjoining landholders.

    Ordering Instructions

    - Provide the name of one person who may have have had involvement with such a legal transaction.

    - Give an approximate date when the action took place.

    - Supply what you know about where he or she lived in Bucks Co.

    - Give birth and death dates, including best estimates.

    - Name other members of the immediate family (parents, siblings, spouse, children) that are known.

    - Suggest likely alternative spellings of the surname.


    ×

Reviews
References
14 Reviews
Friendliness
Effort
Communication
Professionalism
Accuracy
Value
40 Legacy Reviews

100% positive

Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 22 3b7dea1d4c161adaa5ddf9b65631b0e774a940be8ba31dc54f09dd70b1931212

devwill55

As second time user, I must state that my experience from Mr. Irwin was consistent with my previous one. He provided excellent and speedy service, providing crisp, beautiful photos of my 3rd great-grandfather's Civil War pension. I recommend his services any time and am very thankful he was able to accomplish this task for me.

November 2015


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 22 3b7dea1d4c161adaa5ddf9b65631b0e774a940be8ba31dc54f09dd70b1931212

devwill55

The delivery was smooth and the pictures of the documents were sharp. 100% satisfied and able to completely recommend the service provided on a civil war pension.

November 2015


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genferret

Working with Lee was a great experience. He responded quickly and professionally to my research request, and delivered clear digital copies in a time frame that surpassed my expectations. I'd definitely work with him again, and would recommend him to others.

June 2015


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 22 3b7dea1d4c161adaa5ddf9b65631b0e774a940be8ba31dc54f09dd70b1931212

ohioroots

Clear photos of the pension pages. Quick turn around. Thank you.

March 2015


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matt743

Another great job from Lee! Can't recommend him high enough, everything always goes amazingly. Use his services today, you won't regret it!

March 2015


1001312 10152970543495360 1030002564 n

matt743

Quick, thorough, and great work as always! I highly recommend Lee to anyone who is seeking his services, you will not be disappointed. Will be a returning customer!

March 2015


1001312 10152970543495360 1030002564 n

matt743

Quick, thorough, and great work as always! I highly recommend Lee to anyone who is seeking his services, you will not be disappointed. Will be a returning customer!

March 2015


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 20 3cd458872b6dbe84020ac6ce3815d9bb9d4365b8b0444fc6c6beb02a9a41c840

ew-research

From the beginning to the completion of the project, the researcher was both professional, courteous and enthusiastic. It is clear in talking to him that he is very knowledgeable on various subjects, and so my project was not beyond his scope of understanding. He provided me with the material he found in a very organized fashion, and had it sent soon after he did the research. I would highly recommend this provider, and thank him for the work well done.

January 2015


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 27 0f147e78cae61fcd41c188a46709b0085e28e8fdcf7b6292909f9f4dcc6213e8

nancyfiore

Thank you so much for the valuable information on our Civil War ancestor!

October 2014


Juli

julic

I received fast and accurate service. Much appreciated.

March 2014


Lee James is a thoughtful genealogical researcher. He takes the time to research the subject to be explored and documented. His written work is clearly written and easily understandable. He looks at his projects as learning experiences for himself and his clients. He is good to work with and communicates well with everyone he works with.

Sean F.

Colleague