With $500K Gift, FGS Announces Completion of Fundraising for Preserve the Pensions

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September 1, 2016: Springfield, IL – Today at its annual conference, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced the receipt of a historic $500,000 anonymous contribution to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions fundraising project. The unprecedented donation, which came from outside of the genealogical community, will be matched by Ancestry.com, and in total provide $1 million to the project. Those funds, along with crowdsourced funds from the genealogical community have provided more than $3 million dollars to the project. With these donations, FGS officially has announced the completion of fundraising for “Preserve the Pensions,” the landmark community fundraising project.

The largest fundraising effort ever initiated for a single genealogical record set, Preserve the Pensions involved donations from more than 4,000 individuals and 115 genealogical and lineage societies. Each donation was generously matched by Ancestry.com.

“We are humbled and grateful for the generosity of the genealogical community and those outside of our community who are dedicated to the preservation of records, thank you!” noted D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President. “This historic gift, in-tandem with the thousands of contributions from individual genealogists and societies, illustrates the incredible power of the genealogical community – together we can make a difference.”

The War of 1812 pensions, among the most frequently requested set of materials within the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), had never been microfilmed or digitized. Now, with fundraising complete for the project, and with ongoing cooperation from the project’s partners and major supporters, NARA, Ancestry, Fold3, and FamilySearch, these important documents will be made available free, forever to the general public. The project, set out to raise more than $3 million in 2010, an unprecedented amount for the genealogical community.

“It’s gratifying to see the fundraising portion of this project completed after five years, and now we look forward to ensuring these important records are preserved,” said Ancestry President and CEO Tim Sullivan. “This is a fantastic moment for FGS, the genealogical community, and future generations who will benefit from the perseveration of these rich pension records. We want to thank the more than 4,000 individuals who have contributed and are thrilled to play a matching role in this campaign.”

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents genealogical, historical, and lineage organizations throughout the United States. The Federation empowers the genealogical community through its annual conference, publications (including FGS FORUM) and projects. The Federation was the driving force behind the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors project alongside the National Parks Service and since 2010 has been actively involved in Preserve the Pensions, an effort to raise more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of March 28, 2016

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Explore the new record collections for Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953, United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815, and more than 7 million additions to the Find A Grave Index. Search these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1913 – 5,142 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium Brabant Civil Registration 1582-1914 – 28,028 – 2,055 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1914 – 41,927 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium Hainaut Civil Registration 1600-1913 – 4,729 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium Liège Civil Registration 1621-1914 – 5,655 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium West Flanders Civil Registration 1582-1910 – 43,815 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953 – 0 – 1,158,164 – Added images to an existing collection
Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928 – 0 – 2,993,164 – Added images to an existing collection
Find A Grave Index – 7,586,038 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Japan Genealogies 850-2012 – 0 – 59,303 – Added images to an existing collection
Japan Village Records 709-1982 – 0 – 223,187 – Added images to an existing collection

United States Databases

South Carolina Georgetown Passenger Lists 1904-1942 – 1,302 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Texas and Arizona Arrivals 1903-1910 – 59,299 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925 -38,025 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815 – 1,130,851 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

War of 1812 Bundle with 1 brand-new research guide for 20% off thru March 28

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Just a few weeks ago, a new Genealogy at a Glance laminate titled War of 1812 Research was published. With the Preserve the Pensions project having raised over two million dollars, and over 4 million of the 7.2 million pages of pension documents having been digitized, War of 1812 research is becoming much easier to do than it was earlier. (Click here to (read about the Project) By the way, access to the pension documents is FREE at Fold3.com.

With the publication of the War of 1812 Research laminate, Family Roots Publishing has put together a bundle of two popular research aids, both dealing with the war. The two items are:

War of 1812 Genealogy at a Glance, by the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions fund. Published in 2016!

and

Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors, compiled by David A. Norris. Published in 2012.

Both of these items are discounted 10% if purchased individually during the sale period. Purchase them as a bundle for 20% off and a savings in shipping by buying them together. The sale price is just $15.12 (Reg. $18.90)

Click on the links to check out the individual items. Click on your back arrow to return to this page and purchase as a bundle.

Following are reviews of the two items.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of March 14, 2016

The following is from FamilySearch:

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There are 25 new collections updated time! Check out Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Maryland Church Records 1668-1995, North Carolina Civil Marriages 1763-1868, United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815, United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages 1861-1872, and Utah LDS Missionary Registers 1860-1937. Search these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014 – 204,849 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California San Pedro Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records 1930-1936 – 2,736 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928 – 0 – 2,993,164 – Added images to an existing collection
England Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers 1538-2010 – 11,418 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Hawaii Index to Filipino Arrivals to Honolulu 1946 – 7,408 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Illinois Church Marriages 1805-1985 – 9,190 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois Civil Marriages 1833-1889 – 8,975 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934 – 179,181 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Marriages 1811-2007 – 0 – 16,771 – Added images to an existing collection
Maryland Church Records 1668-1995 – 137,984 – 27,644 – New indexed records and images collection
Maryland Piney Point Crew Lists 1950-1956 – 5,429 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan County Marriages Index 1820-1937 – 1,012 – 0 – New indexed records collection
New Jersey Church Records 1675-1970 – 1,144 – 613 – New indexed records and images collection
New Jersey State Census 1865 – 0 – 3,646 – New browsable image collection.
New York New York Soundex to Passenger and Crew Lists 1887-1921 – 5,800 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Carolina Civil Marriages 1763-1868 – 53,614 – 4,567 – New indexed records and images collection
Ohio Marriages 1800-1942 – 3,567 – 785 – New indexed records and images collection
Peru Junín Civil Registration 1881-2005 – 87,987 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Cádiz Municipal Records 1784-1956 – 0 – 155,324 – Added images to an existing collection
Tennessee Civil Marriages 1838-1888 – 5,946 – 1,079 – New indexed records and images collection
Texas and Arizona Arrivals 1903-1910 – 59,299 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages 1861-1872 – 34,323 – 599 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815 – 1,130,851 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Utah LDS Missionary Registers 1860-1937 – 48,207 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Virginia Alexandria Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels 1946-1957 – 6,669 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Genealogy At A Glance: War of 1812 Research

“Over 250,000 men served in the War of 1812, some for as little as a month. Their service records are found mostly in the National Archives but also in various other archives and repositories, and therefore in order to use the War of 1812 records effectively the researcher needs a guide to the location of the records and a description of their contents, which is precisely what this At a Glance guide is designed to do.

The vast majority of War of 1812 records consist of (1) pension records, (2) compiled military service records, and (3) bounty land warrant application files. There are other records, of course, but these are the three main entry points in genealogical research. The purpose of this guide is to show you where these records are located, what they contain, and whether they are indexed, microfilmed, digitized, or found online.

These records have great genealogical value and generally the researcher can expect to find some or all of the following information:

  • Soldier’s name, rank, unit, and period of service
  • Amount of pension or rejection of pension application
  • Name of widow and marriage date and place
  • Birth year and place
  • Places of residence
  • Description of disability
  • Signatures
  • Names of relatives, friends, and neighbors”

Like all the Genealogy At A Glance sheets, this guide is a four-page, full-color laminated brochure, meant to be easily stored and sized to take with you when conducting related research.

Contents for this guide:

Quick Facts

Finding a War of 1812 Soldier

Preserving the Pensions

What is a Pension?

Genealogical Value of Military Pensions

The War of 1812 Preserve the Pension Project

Original NARA Record Sources Not Online

Compiled Military Service Records

Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files

Regular Army Records

Navy Records

Prisoner of War Records

Other Records Sources

Lineage Societies

State Records

National Parks and Battlegrounds

The More You Know

Online Resources

Research Checklist for Militiamen

 

Genealogy at a Glance: The War of 1812 Research is available from Family Roots Publishing.

FGS Announces $2 Million Dollar Mark Surpassed for Preserve the P​e​nsions Project

The following is from FGS:

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Significant Milestone Reached in Landmark Project Thanks to Donors

January 19, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the $2 million dollar mark has been surpassed in 2015 with the support of donors in the fundraising efforts to digitize the 7.2 million pension images for the 180,000 pensioners of the War of 1812 in the Preserve the Pensions project.

This is a landmark project. It marks the first time the genealogical community has come together to raise such a significant amount of money to preserve priceless documents. When completed, this project will save tax payers $3.45 million dollars. FGS’ previous successful efforts to index the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System with the help of volunteers produced a $6.3 million dollar tax savings. Hence, these two projects will result in nearly a $10 million dollar savings to tax payers.

“We are deeply appreciative of so many within the family history community who continue to support the Preserve the Pensions project,” says D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President. “This important milestone is the start of the ‘homestretch’ and is evidence of the passion and commitment amongst genealogists to preserve records for the future.”

For every dollar raised, .98 cents goes directly to digitizing the documents. There are no salaries paid for this project—the project costs are primarily to print materials to publicize the project. Additionally, in 2015 the project raised $208,401 in total cash donations. This amount, coupled with the generous match from Ancestry.com, doubled the funds raised to $416,802 bringing the total amount raised for the project thus far to $2,032,198!

With generous donations and continued help in sharing information about the project, significant progress can be made in 2016—possibly completing the fundraising for the project. The images for pensioners with surnames beginning with the letters “A” through “M” have already been posted on the Fold3 website and will remain free forever thanks to donors!

Furthermore, due to record preparation and image capture issues at the archives, there is a delay in the publication of images on the site. It is anticipated that these issues will be resolved quickly and that image publication will resume within the next 60-90 days. There is always a publication preparation delay between record capture and publishing the images online. In the meantime, because of the support of donors, great fundraising progress has been made to complete the project, and further donations can be made on the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions website.

American Wars Research Bundle on Sale for 30% Off Thru Memorial Day!

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To celebrate the Memorial Day weekend, Family Roots Publishing is offering a bundle of three popular American war-related research guides from the publishers of History Magazine.

FRPC is discounting them 30% through Memorial Day, May 26, 2014. Regularly 29.85, the bundle is just $20.95 (plus only $5.50 p&h!) The guides are as follows:

Click on the links to learn more about the individual research guides or to purchase just one of the items at 15% off during the holiday weekend. Hurry, as this sale ends at midnight MST Monday, May 26, 2014.

Following are reviews of each of the guides:


Life During the Civil War

Life During the Civil War is an educational and entertaining collection of articles on the war, written by David A. Norris. Norris takes the reader beyond the battle fields and into the homes and occupations of Americans, including the soldiers, ans examines what they saw, heard, and felt during these trying years. Everyday life is the theme behind the collection. This publications answers, in vivid detail, what the average American experienced during the Civil War.

David Norris is an avid writer and historian with over 250 publications to his name. His publications have appeared online and in print in Family Chronicle, History Magazine, CNN.com, American History, Civil War Times, and many more. The Civil War has been a passion of his since childhood. In particular, he loves the personal stories. Anyone would be hard pressed to call him anything but an expert on American life during 1860s.

There are, in this publication, article which cover common, even expected, topics. Food and cooking, life in the military, and even photography are common enough topics to find in almost any expose on the war. However, Norris digs even deeper covering topics like humor, pets in the army, army laundresses, war artists, common medicines, naval life on an ironclad, and fundraising fairs. It seems like you will find it all in these 26 articles. You will learn about the war. If you have ancestors who lived at that time, then you will learn about their lives, the way the thought and lived. Best of all, you will have fun doing it.

 

Contents

OPENING NOTES – Notes From the Publisher, About the Author
FROM ABATIS TO ZOUAVES: A CIVIL WAR DICTIONARY – What were some of the popular sayings, slang, jargon and military terms in the 1860s?
TALE OF TWO CAPITALS: RICHMOND AND WASHINGTON – The war brought great changes to the lives of residents of Richmond and Washington
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: HOTELS OF THE CIVIL WAR – From four-star resorts to small town hostelries, hotel business boomed during the war
SOUNDTRACK TO A CONFLICT: MUSIC OF THE CIVIL WAR – Music, whether popular songs or military tunes, was as much a part of life then as it is now
STARVATION PARTIES AND CONFEDERATE CANDLES? – Southerners found unusual substitutes for scarce staples, like wheat, pins, shoe polish and coffee
SLUMGULLION, SALT HORSE AND HELL-FIRED STEW! – What did soldiers, and their families at home, eat during the war years?
RELIEF FROM REALITY: CIVIL WAR HUMOR – Popular humorists and jokes helped lighten hearts on both sides of the battle
SHINPLASTERS AND GREENBACKS: MONEY DURING THE CIVIL WAR – Banks, businesses, states, the Union and Confederacy all issued their own, incompatible, money
ZOUAVES: NEW YORK FIREMEN AND LOUISIANA TIGERS – Instead of the familiar blue and gray, some regiments donned bright colors and turbans
MAN’S BEST FRIENDS: PETS IN THE ARMY – From the exotic to the common, animals were kept as companions and mascots
JOHNNIE REB AND BILLY YANK: LIFE IN THE ARMIES – Fresh recruits and veterans of past conflicts faced new, and familiar,challenges in the Civil War
FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM: THE US COLORED TROOPS – African-American troops played a vital role in the Civil War
SUTLER SHOPS: CONVENIENCE STORES FOR SOLDIERS – Where did soldiers get ink, ginger snaps or Valentine cards?
LIFE ON SOAP SUDS ROW: ARMY LAUNDRESSES – Laundry was a grueling, but essential, duty in army camps
TAKING THE CARS: RAIL TRAVEL DURING THE CIVIL WAR – Though far from luxurious, or safe, trains became vital to the war effort and civilian life
WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED: HOSPITALS AND MEDICINE – Hospitals were understaffed, undersupplied and relied on dangerous cures and treatments
COMMON CIVIL WAR MEDICINES – Hospitals stocked standard treatments of the day, including mercury, opium and brandy
FUNDRAISING FAIRS: THE US SANITARY COMMISSION – Volunteer groups raised millions of dollars to improve military hospital and camp conditions
PICTURING THE CIVIL WAR: WAR ARTISTS – Before modern photography and TV, how did people get a glimpse of the battles?
FROM THE FRONTLINES TO THE HOMEFRONT: NEWSPAPERS – Despite shortages of labor and ink, papers fed the public appetite for news and entertainment
TELEGRAMS: AT THE SPEED OF LIGHTNING – The telegraph became an indispensable part of military and commercial communication during the war
WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS: PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE CIVIL WAR – Despite technological limitations, photography boomed during the Civil War
“I HAIN’T GOT ANY STAMPS”: CONFEDERATE AND UNION MAIL – Two postal systems kept soldiers and families in contact across shifting battlelines
THE CIVIL WAR NAVIES: COTTONCLADS AND BLOCKADES – Whether they patrolled rivers or the South Pacific, a sailor’s life was far different than a soldier’s
THE NEW NAVAL WARFARE: LIFE ON IRONCLADS – Heavily armored ironclads offered unique advantages, and dangers, to their crews
MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH…! – From aseptic surgery to moon landings, the years after the Civil War were full of amazing changes.

Order your individual copy of Life During the Civil War from Family Roots Publishing at 15% off during the holiday weekend; Item #: MM001 – or order the American Wars Research bundle for 30% off.

Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors

Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors is a collection of articles written by Civil War expert David A. Norris. These articles bring together Norris expertise on the War with his passion for genealogy. These articles examine all different types of records, both military and civilian, to hep the researcher identify potential resources and to find those critical records.

As the country, over a four year periods, recognizes the 150th anniversary of America’s most troubled period, genealogists can take advantage of the spotlight on the war as means to find even more historical data and records than ever before. To see how this collection can help the researcher discover ancestral information from this time period, see the following list of articles presented in this 82 page journal:

  • The First Steps to Finding a Civil War Ancestor – Some thoughts and tips on getting started in Civil War research.
  • Companies and Regiments: Civil War Army Units – Knowing how the armies were structured will help you understand records and references.
  • Non-Regimental and “Untypical” Soldiers – Some tips for finding soldier ancestors in unusual categories.
  • Emergency Troops, Militia and Home Guard – Records of temporary units might reveal a hard-to-find ancestor’s service.
  • Ensigns and Engineers: Ancestors in the Navies – Though tracking a relative in the navy can be challenging, there are many valuable resources available.
  • US Colored Troops and African-American Sailors – Here are some resources for African-Americans who served in the Civil War.
  • Southern Loyalists and “Galvanized Yankees” – Here are some resources to check for Southern ancestor’s who served with the Union.
  • To Helmira and Back: Prisoners of War – POW resources can fill in holes in your ancestor’s record, or reveal the fate of a missing ancestor.
  • Medical Records and Hospital Personnel – Records from Civil War hospitals contain a wealth of information on soldiers and staff.
  • Military Pay Resources – Civil War payroll records pay off again for genealogists.
  • The Civil War and the Census – Pre- and postwar censuses offering important information on the lives and families of veterans.
  • The 1865 Parole Lists: To the Very End – These documents list the Confederate soldiers who endured to the end of the war.
  • Finding You Ancestors’ Flags – Regimental flags had important practical and symbolic purposes for Civil War Soldiers.
  • Buried in History: Civil War Cemeteries – Finding a soldier’s grave can seem impossible, but it doesn’t have to be a lost cause.
  • Civil War Pension Records and Wartime Relief – Pension records are a genealogical treasure trove for soldiers and their families.
  • Confederate State Pension Resources – A state-by-state guide to locating Confederate pension records.
  • Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Widows’ Resources – The records of these institutions may contain a wealth of detail that can’t be found elsewhere.
  • Civil War Veterans’ Groups – Records of veterans’ organizations might let you follow your ancestor into the 20th-century.
  • Wartime Civilian Records– Relatives who were not in the military may still have left a wealth of information about their lives.
  • Amnesty Papers and Southern Claims – Some potentially helpful sources for Southern relatives.
  • Spies, Smugglers and “Disloyal Citizens” – Records of civilian prisoners include ordinary citizens, political prisoners, and even politicians.
  • Finding Civil War Income Tax Records – You might find that your ancestors’ 1860s tax records are a source of family history.
  • A Gift From the Past: Civil War Newspapers – Here are some tips on finding your newsmaker ancestors.
  • A Picture in time: Civil War Era Photographs – You can find photos of people and places connected to your family, or even your ancestors.
  • Best of the Best: Classic Civil War Resources – These records contain the most essential information for Civil War Research.
  • National Archives Records – A soldier’s Compiled Military Service Record contains some of the most essential details of his service.
  • Finding Your Way Through the Civil War With Maps – Maps can help you follow your ancestor during the war or find a family farm near a battlefield.

Don’t miss this opportunity for a great deal on expert advice to finding Civil War era records and document. The booklet is heavily illustrated, highly informative, and a great value at only $9.95 less 15% this weekend! Order your copy of Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: MM004 – or order the American Wars Research bundle for 30% off!


Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors

war of 1812 ancestorsCreated as a “200th Anniversary Research Special, Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors, covers resources for the United States, Canada, and British research. Moorshead Magazines, publishers of Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and History Magazine, have published this special volume in memory of, and to provide assistance in researching, the War of 1812. This 82 page special offers 19 articles, covering such topics as:

  • Army & Navy Records
  • Bounty Land Warrants
  • Newspapers & Maps
  • Government Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Pension Records
  • Militia Service
  • Impressment
  • US Marines
  • Prisoners of War
  • And More!

Major events, especially war, generates mountains of records, histories, and documents. Newspapers, government and military records, and other records offer names and details about our ancestors which may not have been documented if not for these historical events. Regular contributor and expert David A. Norris has compiled helpful guides, a chronology of events, an introduction, and other articles for this publication; providing, great insight into evaluating potential sources of information and hunting those sources down.

 

Contents

War of 1812: Introduction

An introduction to look at what resources are available to researchers

Chronology & Outline

An outline of the war, and the causes and resolution

US Government Records

Local government records could reveal details of an ancestor’s home and life

Canadian War of 1812 Records

Published and online sources make tracking Canadian soldiers much easier

British War of 1812 Records

Tips on resources for locating ancestors who may have fought with the British Army or Royal Navy

US Army Records

A bit of digging might uncover a treasure trove of information on an ancestor in the US Army

United States Marines

Although US Marines were a small force in 1812, a number of resources exist for them

Naval Records

New resources provide valuable details on the lives of sailors in the US Navy

Prize Money: Spoils of War

Prize money could more than double a sailors pay

Militia Service

Most veterans of the War of 1812 served brief periods in the militia

Bounty Land Warrants

Land bounty records are a valuable source of information on veterans and their heirs

Cemetery Records

A number of resources are available that can help you locate burial sites

Impressment

Maritime records are useful research tools and document a tumultuous era

Maps

Historic maps help bring the War of 1812 era, and your family history, to life

Pensions

Pension files can reveal where your ancestor was born, where they lived and died and more

Privateer & Naval Pensions

An important genealogical resource for anyone researching a maritime ancestor

Newspapers: Breaking News!

Newspapers of the War of 1812 era are a valuable genealogical and historical resource

Prisoners Of War

Records of prisoners of war can provide additional details of an ancestor’s life

Last Survivors

As a rule of thumb, the last survivor of a war will live roughly 90 years after the war

Individual opies of Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors are available from Family Roots Publishing at $9.75, less 15% – of order the American Wars Research bundle for 30% off! Hurry, as this offer ends at midnight MST, Monday, May 26, 2014.

Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors

war of 1812 ancestorsCreated as a “200th Anniversary Research Special, Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors, covers resources for the United States, Canada, and British research. Moorshead Magazines, publishers of Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and History Magazine, have published this special volume in memory of, and to provide assistance in researching, the War of 1812. This 82 page special offers 19 articles, covering such topics as:

  • Army & Navy Records
  • Bounty Land Warrants
  • Newspapers & Maps
  • Government Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Pension Records
  • Militia Service
  • Impressment
  • US Marines
  • Prisoners of War
  • And More!

Major events, especially war, generates mountains of records, histories, and documents. Newspapers, government and military records, and other records offer names and details about our ancestors which may not have been documented if not for these historical events. Regular contributor and expert David A. Norris has compiled helpful guides, a chronology of events, an introduction, and other articles for this publication; providing, great insight into evaluating potential sources of information and hunting those sources down.

 

Contents

War of 1812: Introduction

An introduction to look at what resources are available to researchers

Chronology & Outline

An outline of the war, and the causes and resolution

US Government Records

Local government records could reveal details of an ancestor’s home and life

Canadian War of 1812 Records

Published and online sources make tracking Canadian soldiers much easier

British War of 1812 Records

Tips on resources for locating ancestors who may have fought with the British Army or Royal Navy

US Army Records

A bit of digging might uncover a treasure trove of information on an ancestor in the US Army

United States Marines

Although US Marines were a small force in 1812, a number of resources exist for them

Naval Records

New resources provide valuable details on the lives of sailors in the US Navy

Prize Money: Spoils of War

Prize money could more than double a sailors pay

Militia Service

Most veterans of the War of 1812 served brief periods in the militia

Bounty Land Warrants

Land bounty records are a valuable source of information on veterans and their heirs

Cemetery Records

A number of resources are available that can help you locate burial sites

Impressment

Maritime records are useful research tools and document a tumultuous era

Maps

Historic maps help bring the War of 1812 era, and your family history, to life

Pensions

Pension files can reveal where your ancestor was born, where they lived and died and more

Privateer & Naval Pensions

An important genealogical resource for anyone researching a maritime ancestor

Newspapers: Breaking News!

Newspapers of the War of 1812 era are a valuable genealogical and historical resource

Prisoners Of War

Records of prisoners of war can provide additional details of an ancestor’s life

Last Survivors

As a rule of thumb, the last survivor of a war will live roughly 90 years after the war

Copies of Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors are available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $9.75

An electronic copy is also available in .pdf format. Click here for more information.

War of 1812 Bicentennial Offers a Wealth of Historic Canadian Sites to Visit This Year

The following excerpt is from the October 22, 2013 Vancouver Sun website

The bicentennial of the War of 1812 will be commemorated with several re-enactments this year.
The bicentennial of the War of 1812 will be commemorated with several re-enactments this year.

Canada – Travellers interested in military history usually think of Europe as the place to visit battlefields, but Canada has its fair share of them and as this year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, there is no better time to visit some of them.

The World Wars of last century are recent enough that they loom large in our memories, but it’s no understatement to say that the War of

1812 is every bit as important in Canada’s history as those great conflicts. In fact, if the outcome had been different there would probably be no country called Canada.

Read the full article.

Genealogy Road Trip Contest!

The following was received from Thomas MacEntee:
Genealogy Road Trip Contestst

Have you ever wanted to take a research trip to one of the top genealogical libraries in the United States and find out more about your ancestors? Are you all packed and ready to hit the road?

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is holding a contest to raise awareness about its Preserve the Pensions project to preserve and digitize War of 1812 pension files at the National Archives. To participate, simply complete the entry form below and add your name to our email list and then wait for your name to be selected for one of several prizes!

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!
We’re undertaking a big project here trying to digitize 7.2 million pages of War of 1812 pension files and we believe in thinking BIG! This thinking carries over to our contest prizes which include:
Choice of a Genealogy Research Travel Package: Choose from one of the following research trips:
o Salt Lake City Genealogy Research Package: A 7-night stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, a $200 meal gift card, and a $50 Family History Library photocopy card. Total value = $1,100.
o Fort Wayne Genealogy Research Package: A 7-night stay at the Fort Wayne Hilton Hotel, a $200 meal gift card and a $50 Allen County Public Library photocopy card. Total value = $1,100.
Flip-Pal® mobile scanner: A genealogists’ best friend: mobile scanner for all your family photos and genealogy documents. Total value = $150.
findmypast.com 1-Year Membership: A one year membership to findmypast.com. Total value = $100.
And more! Prizes from Just a Joy, The Heirloom Registry, Maia’s Books, RootsMagic and more!
The total value of all the prizes for this contest is over $2,800!

Contest Format and Rules
We’ll begin drawing for prizes on Monday, May 20, 2013 and draw prizes each day leading up to Friday, May 24, 2013, when we’ll select the winner of the Genealogy Research Travel Package! All winners will be notified by email.

In order to qualify for the contest, you must be a resident of the United States, over age 18 and provide your email address so we can contact you if you are a winner. After the contest, we’ll send you the latest information about the Preserve the Pensions project and you can unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time.

Full contest rules can be found at http://www.preservethepensions.org/blog/genealogy-road-trip-contest-official-rules/.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!
The Preserve the Pensions project relies upon the generosity of individual donors, the hard work and skills of volunteers and the huge support from our sponsors! For the Genealogy Road Trip Contest, prizes have been provided by the following:
• Allen County Public Library
• FamilySearch
• Family Tree DNA
• findmypast.com
• Flip-Pal® mobile scanner
• Hilton Hotels
• Just a Joy
• Maia’s Books
• Moorshead Publishing
• RootsMagic
• Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
• The Heirloom Registry
Please take a minute to visit their websites and thank them for their participation!

Donate to Preserve the Pensions and Win a War of 1812 Quilt
Besides entering the contest, consider making a donation to the Preserve the Pensions project today. Not only will you help preserve and digitize War of 1812 pension files, but you’ll also be entered into a drawing to win a stunning War of 1812 commemorative quilt!

Click here for more information and then look for the drawing in late August 2013.

Here’s How to Enter the Genealogy Road Trip Contest
Only one entry per email address and visit our Facebook page here to enter today. Please spread the word about our contest on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media. And also visit the Preserve the Pensions website to learn more about this community effort to preserve an essential part of American history.

Watch the PBS Special, The War of 1812, Online

Have you watched the PBS Special, The War of 1812? It’s a very interesting documentary on the story of America’s second revolution… As with many PBS specials, it has a website to go with it, where you can learn more about what in many ways is a forgotten war.

The following is from the Website:

For two and a half years, Americans fought Against the British, Canadian colonists, and native nations. In the years to come, the War of 1812 would be celebrated in some places and essentially forgotten in others. But it is a war worth remembering—a struggle that threatened the existence of Canada, then divided the United States so deeply that the nation almost broke apart. Some of its battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent. The film shows how the glories of war became enshrined in history – how failures are quickly forgotten – how inconvenient truths are ignored forever.

With stunning re-enactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, The War of 1812 presents the conflict that forged the destiny of a continent.

Check it out.

Watch the Documentary.

New FGS Blog for War of 1812 Fundraising

The following is from Thomas McEntee:

Preserve the Pensions Blog Provides Key Updates on Community Project

February 1, 2013– Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the creation of the Preserve the Pensions blog to assist in its efforts to preserve and digitize 7.2 million pages of War of 1812 Pension Records with the help of the genealogy community.

This new social media asset joins the family of other FGS blogs and websites, all which keep the genealogy and family history community updated on progress of FGS activities including fundraising projects and records preservation.

The bicentennial of what’s been called “America’s Second Revolution” began on June 18, 2012 and over the next three years, the public will turn its attention towards key anniversary events including the Burning of the White House and the Writing of the Star Spangled Banner.

The National Archives reports that the War of 1812 pension files are among the heaviest requested materials. With that level of use, these valuable records, available in no other format, are in danger of grave deterioration.

  • Free to the Public: As these valuable historical documents are digitized, they will be made available to all at no cost, and the original pension files can be retired to much less active use.
  • Digitized Images Now Available: Completed images and associated indexing are posted incrementally. Genealogists, historians, teachers, patriotic societies, and history buffs all have access to the images that have been digitized right now. Images will be offered for free at Fold3 indefinitely.

FGS thanks the Preserve the Pensions partners including the National Archives, fold3 and Ancestry.com who have generously donated time, money and resources.

Visit the Preserve the Pensions blog at http://www.preservethepensions.org/blog/ for updates, success stories of researchers using the War of 1812 Pension Files and more.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

War of 1812 Ship, Ticonderoga, Deteriorating in Open-Sided Shed

The following teaser is from an article in the January 6, 2012 edition of the Detroit Free Press.

ALBANY, N.Y. — The upstate New York village that bills itself as the birthplace of the U.S. Navy hasn’t done much to preserve one of the service’s oldest warship relics: the hull of a schooner that was the first in a long line of American vessels to carry the name Ticonderoga.

The wooden remains of the War of 1812 ship are displayed in a long, open-sided shed on the grounds of the Skenesborough Museum in Whitehall. They’ve been stored there since a local historical group raised them from the southern end of Lake Champlain more than 50 years ago. Now, as the 200th anniversary of the battle in which the first Ticonderoga gained its fame approaches, a maritime historian is hoping something can be done to stem the deterioration of a rare naval artifact.

Read the full article.

Records of Pensioners of British Army by the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham Digitized and Posted by findmypast.ie

The following is a teaser from an article in the the December 26, 2012 edition of WicklowPeople.ie. It’s interesting in that it features a British soldier wounded in the Battle of New Orleans – a battle that actually occurred after the offical end of the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain.

THE RECORDS of a Wicklow soldier, Private Hugh Burke, one of the so-called ‘Green Redcoats’, have been published online for the first time by leading family history site findmypast.ie.

These records are part of a major collection of newly digitised records of those pensioned from the British army by the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.

The records contain the names and discharge documents of almost 20,000 soldiers held at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham from 1783 to 1822. The task of cataloguing the records took a team of 14 people from the Friends of The National Archives volunteer group just over three years and includes the records of 19,109 soldiers.

Among them is Private Hugh Burke from Wicklow, who was pensioned from the army on the 26 June 1816 after four years’ service. He was deemed unfit for further service after receiving ‘a gunshot wound to the left shoulder received in action near New Orleans in America on the 8th of January 1815’.

Read the full article.

War of 1812 Exhibition at the Canadian War Museum Closes January 6, 2013

The following excerpt is from an article published in the December 19, 2012 edition of OttawaStart.com:

Visitors have only a few weeks left to explore the four perspectives of the War of 1812 at the Canadian War Museum. The award-winning exhibition, 1812, supported by National Presenting Sponsor TD Bank Group and National Supporting Sponsor Ancestry.ca, will be closing on Sunday, January 6, 2013.

Since it opened on June 12 of this year, over 110,000 people have visited 1812, which explores the surprisingly different meanings and consequences the war had for each of the four central participants: Canadians, Americans, the British and Native Americans. An additional 184,000 unique visits have been recorded on the exhibition microsite, at warmuseum.ca/1812.

A virtual exhibition and a publication will continue to provide a lasting reference to the conflict. For more information on the travelling and virtual exhibitions, please refer to the earlier news release: http://www.warmuseum.ca/media/news/canadian-war-museum-1812-experience-expands-to-include-new-online-and-travelling-exhibitions/

Read the full article.