07 September 2011

Reminder -- War of 1812 pensions freely available at Fold3

This is such an exciting project for genealogists that we want to remind you about it.

As the War of 1812 pensions are being digitized (see previous posts below and check out this FGS page) they are freely available to all at the Fold3 (previously Footnote) website.

Currently about 69,000 documents (less than 1% of the entire collection is now available). The complete series consists of approximately 180,000 pension and bounty land warrant application files relating to claims based on service between 1812 and 1815. The files generally contain documentation submitted in support of a claim, such as the original application form, affidavits, and statements from witnesses.

The following information will be captured with the images and available to researchers when it exists in the file.

·        Veteran's name
·        Age
·        Place of residence
·        Widow name
·        Service data & dates
·        Organization & rank
·        Widow’s maiden name
·        Acres Granted
·        Marriage date
·        Soldier death date
·        Widow death date
·        Year of BLM act
·        Warrant number
·        Additional names

Editors Note: Previous posts about this project on UpFront with NGS can be found at $10000 Match Challenge, IArchives Announces Collaboration with the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and Footnote.com Publishes First Digital Versions of War of 1812 Pension Application Files.

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