24 September 2015
Preserve the Pensions is all about preserving the War of 1812 pensions. These are invaluable documents rapidly deteriorating with use.
Did you know that you benefit and for FREE from this effort? Yes – the digitized pensions are FREE for you to access as soon as they become available.
Did you know that Ancestry.com provides dollar for dollar matching? Make a donation and the impact is immediately doubled!
More support is needed to see the entire collection digitized (aka preserved)!
We bring this up now as this project has recently again been in the news due to some recent fundraising efforts which were reported on at the recent New York Family History Conference. There was an individual (Mike Hall) fundraising effort with matching contributions (The Legal Genealogist and her readers) as well as real-time contributions (literally cash on the table) which further supported the effort, enough that over 70,000 further pages will now be preserved! You can read more about these efforts here, Thank you, New York! (includes a video) and The last quarter mile (The Legal Genealogist).
Additionally, the FamilySearch Blog recently posted You Can Help Save the War of 1812 Pension Records which gives a nice and quick summary about this effort. Digitization efforts are now working on the Ms (or so I have heard) and the project is about 65% complete.
You can access (for FREE) the War of 1812 Pension Application Files on fold3.
Are you or a local society seeking a charitable donation to make before the end of the year? Is your society planning a fund-raising activity in support of family history research? If you answered YES, consider the Preserve the Pensions project. It will keep these invaluable documents available for future generations (and provide us easy and FREE access right now!)
Editor’s Note: We’ve previously posted about this effort which has been occurring for several years!
Editor’s Note: Related post about the War of 1812 and its records.
+ War of 1812: Privateers (2012)
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