25 September 2012
Preserve the Pensions is an ongoing project spearheaded by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to digitize the War of 1812 pension files in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of this conflict. It’s often been called the “Second War of Independence” and these pension files are invaluable both historically and to our genealogy and family history research. There are approximately 180,000 pension and bounty land warrant application files relating to service in the War of 1812.
As they are digitized, the images will be available to genealogy researchers and the public for free. Contributions to this project have already made files available, http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/.
With the contributions made so far, there are over 335,000 documents now available. These represent 4% of the total collection. Your contribution is needed to help this project achieve it’s goal of fully digitizing these records. Learn more about how you can contribute.
Editor’s Note: Please check out these other Upfront with NGS posts about the War of 1812
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