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

Wahoo! The following is from FGS:


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.

FREE Access to Native American Records at Fold3 through November 15, 2015


Alerted by a note in the November 3rd edition of ResearchBuzz, I clicked over to the latest Upfront With NGS Announcement, and on to the Fold3 blog – where I found the following information. I’ve been a Fold3 member since May of 2007. It’s one of my favorite database websites.

Do you have Native American ancestry? Or are you interested in Native American history? Then explore Fold3’s Native American Collection for free November 1-15.

Titles in this collection include:

  • Ratified Indian Treaties (1722-1869): Ratified treaties that occurred between the United States government and American Indian tribes. Also included are presidential proclamations, correspondence, and treaty negotiation expenses.
  • Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940): Census rolls submitted annually by agents or superintendents of Indian reservations as required by an 1884 Act of Congress. Only persons who maintained a formal affiliation with a tribe under Federal supervision are listed on these census rolls.
  • Dawes Packets: Applications between 1896 and 1914 from members of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes to establish eligibility for an allotment of land in return for abolishing their tribal governments and recognizing Federal law.
  • Dawes Enrollment Cards (1898-1914): Enrollment cards, also referred to as “census cards,” prepared by the staff of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, commonly known as the Dawes Commission. The cards record information provided by applications submitted by members of the same family group or household and include notations of the actions taken.
  • Eastern Cherokee Applications (1906-1909): Applications submitted for shares of the money that was appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee Indians by Congress on June 30, 1906.
  • Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller (1908-1910): The Guion Miller Roll is perhaps the most important source for Cherokee genealogical research. There are an estimated 90,000 individual applicants from throughout North America included within this publication.
  • Cherokee Indian Agency, TN (1801-1835): The records of the agent of Indian Affairs in Tennessee, including correspondence, agency letter books, fiscal records, records of the Agent for the Department of War in Tennessee, records of the Agent for Cherokee Removal, and miscellaneous records.
  • Rinehart Photos – Native Americans (1898): Photographs of over 100 Native Americans taken by Frank A. Rinehart, a commercial photographer in Omaha, Nebraska. Rinehart was commissioned to photograph the 1898 Indian Congress, part of the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition.

Fold3.com & Ancestry.com Offer Free Access Packages This Weekend

Ancestry.com is offering free access to their records from the Original 13 Colonies This weekend. The sale ends on July 4. Click on the illustration below for more info.


See the full list of the 13 Colonies Collections by clicking here.

Fold3.com is also offering free access to its Revolutionary War Records through July 15, 2015. Click on the illustration below for more information.


Ancestry.com & The Black Vault in Tussle Over Digitized UFO Document Copyrights


It seems that Ancestry.com and The Black Vault are in a dispute over The Black Vault‘s posting of the US military’s Project Blue Book documents, which Fold3 (an Ancestry.com subsidiary) digitized. Note that Fold3 does not require a subscription to access the documents they digitized, making them free on the Internet. The following excerpt is from Motherboard.Vice.Com:

For 15 years, UFO enthusiast John Greenewald has been collecting material related to the US military’s Project Blue Book investigation into unidentified flying objects and publishing it online through his website, The ​Black Vault.

But last week, he was forced to remove hundreds of thousands of decla​ssified records due to a copyright claim from an unlikely source: the genealogy site Ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com’s subsidiary Fold3 has digitized the publicly available records, which are mostly things like letters describing UFO sightings (including drawings on occasion); the standard questionnaire the Air Force sent in response; and any conclusions the military could draw; and made them available on its website for browsing.

The company claimed that it therefore owned the digital reproductions of the records, and that Greenewald’s site was infringing on its copyright by publishing the materials, according to a statement from Gr​eenewald…

Read the full article.

Fold3 Offering Free Access to Their WWII Collections Through November 30

I’ve been a Fold3 subscriber since the website started years ago. If I’m looking for military record images and data, it is the first place I search. Although I’ve been traveling, making this announcement is a bit late on my part, I’d like to pass along that Fold3 is offering free access to their WWII Military Records through November 30.

See the announcement posted at the November 11, 2014 at the Upfront With NGS website for details.

Fold3 Adds Medal of Honor Winners at Their Site

The following is from Fold3:

Medal of Honor page Fold3

The Medal of Honor is the U.S. military’s highest award for valor. Discover more about this nation’s bravest heroes by exploring Fold3’s Medal of Honor Recipients title.

Compiled by congressional committee and originally spanning the years 1863 to 1978, Medal of Honor Recipients was recently expanded to include additional names from 1979 to 2013 for more than 3,400 entries on those who received the Medal of Honor.

Fold3 Makes Their WWII Records Available for FREE Thru Memorial Day

Fold3 is offering its World War II military records totally free through Memorial Day, Monday, May 31.


Some of the records you can view are:

  • Army Enlistment Records
  • Casualty Lists
  • Department of Veterans Affairs – BIRLS Death File
  • Draft Registration Cards
  • Missing Air Crew Reports
  • Navy Muster Rolls
  • Photos

Fold3 Offers FREE Access the Civil War Collection Through April 30

The following is from Matthew Deighton at Ancestry:


To remember the commencement of the Civil War in April 1861, Fold3 invites you to explore all records in its Civil War Collection [http://go.fold3.com/civilwar/] for free April 14–30.

Explore Civil War documents featuring everything from military records to personal accounts and historic writings. Soldier records include service records, pension index cards, “Widows’ Pension” files, Navy survivors certificates, Army registers, and much more. Other record types include photographs, original war maps, court investigations, slave records, and beyond. Items such as the Lincoln Assassination Papers, Sultana Disaster documents, letters to the Adjutant General and Commission Branch, and the 1860 census are also contained in the Civil War Collection.

Confederate-specific records include Confederate service records, amnesty papers, casualty reports, and citizens files, as well as Confederate Navy subject files and Southern Claims Commission documents.

Join Fold3 in its commemoration of the Civil War. Discover information on famous participants as well as your own Civil War ancestors through documents, photos, and images that capture the experiences and vital information of those involved in America’s deadliest conflict. Then commemorate your ancestors by creating or expanding memorial pages for them on Fold3’s Honor Wall [http://www.fold3.com/wall/]. Get started searching the Civil War Collection here [http://go.fold3.com/civilwar/].

Fold3 Offers Free Access the Black History Records Through February

The following announcement is from the Fold3 blog:


In recognition of Black History Month, Fold3 is offering free access to all publications in its Black History Collection through the end of February.

The titles within the collection present revealing documents that cover the history and contributions of millions of African Americans. Slavery Era Titles include records from the Amistad court case, South Carolina Estate Inventories, documents of the American Colonization Society, and two sets of records from Washington, DC, regarding slaves and their emancipation there in 1862. The Civil War Era Titles are the most prolific, with records from the Southern Claims Commission, military service records for the U.S. Colored Troops, and many related publications.

Check out the Black History Collection at Fold3.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

The Honor Wall at Fold3

Fold3 unveiled what they call their Honor Wall this week, It pays tribute to millions of men and women who served our nation, from colonial days to the present.

You are invited to visit the Honor Wall and help them pay tribute to America’s veterans by sharing your own memories, stories, and photos of a loved one. Whether you have family or friends serving now, or have ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War or other conflicts in between, join Fold3 in commemorating them. With your help, the Honor Wall will keep their stories alive.

The Honor Wall hosts millions of names, yet it’s just the beginning of a monumental tribute that will grow through your contributions. They’ve redesigned the Fold3 Memorial Pages to include representations of service, along with life events, photos, stories, documents, and connections to family members.

Search for those you know—ancestors, friends, fellow service members, family members, or perhaps you! If you find who you’re looking for, add your own dedication. If you can’t locate a Memorial Page for someone,create one of your own and add it to the Honor Wall.

The 150th Anniversary of the United States Colored Troops & FREE Access to Records of the Union Uolunteers in USCT Units at Fold3.com Through May 31, 2013

The following is from Fold3:
On May 22, 1863, the War Department issued General Orders 143, establishing a Bureau of Colored Troops in the Adjutant General’s Office to recruit and organize African American soldiers to fight for the Union Army. With this order, all African American regiments were designated as United States Colored Troops (USCT).

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the USCT, and the National Archives is pleased to announce the completion of the USCT Service Records Digitization Project. In partnership with Fold3, the project provides online access to all service records—more than 3.8 million images—of Union volunteers in USCT units.

From May 22 to 31, the digital collection will be free on www.Fold3.com. (All National Archives collections on Fold3.com can always be viewed for free at any National Archives facility nationwide.)

Compiled military service records (CMSRs) are part of Record Group 94, the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office. They contain card abstracts of entries related to an individual soldier such as muster rolls and regimental returns.

Many CMSRs also contain original documents called “personal papers,” which are especially valuable to researchers looking for documentation on former slaves. These papers include enlistment papers, correspondence, orders, prisoner-of-war memorandums, casualty reports, or final statements. Unique to the records of the USCT are deeds of manumission, proofs of slave ownership, and bills of sale.

Starting in October 1863, a slave owner could offer his slave for enlistment in military service and be entitled to compensation up to $300 upon filing a valid deed of manumission and release, and making satisfactory proof of title. These forms offer researchers rare information and document the life of a slave person in the absence of other vital records.

Edmund Delaney was a slave who served in Company E of the 117th USCT Infantry. He was 25 years old when he enlisted in August 1864. Delaney’s owner, Harvey C. Graves of Georgetown, Kentucky, filed a compensation claim for his military service in December 1866. Graves stated that he “purchased [Delaney] at private sale when he was quite a small boy and owned him at the time of his enlistment.”

The claim form was accompanied by a proof of ownership form to which Graves attached a rare “likeness,” or photo of Delaney, and several of Delaney’s letters written to him while serving in Brownsville, Texas. The letters offer us a rare glimpse into his lonely soldier’s life, especially when he laments that no friends have written back to him:
“somehow most of them seem to be very much afraid of their pens and ink.”

The USCT service records also reveal the social issues faced by free blacks, such as the story of Fortune Wright, a soldier of the 96th USCT Infantry. Wright was a free black man before the Civil War began, and he enlisted in Louisiana in July 1862.
On October 23, 1865, a white doctor and another man thought they observed Wright beating a black woman on a street in Jefferson, Louisiana. When they attempted to reprimand Wright, a fight ensued. Wright—fearing for his life—stabbed the doctor, who was beating him with a cane. The doctor died.

Wright pleaded not guilty at his court-martial trial but was found guilty of murder and sentenced “to be hanged by the neck until dead” on January 5, 1866.

The accused offered his explanation while in prison in New Orleans. He stated that he was approached by an “immoral colored woman” who put her hand on his shoulder and was “acting her willingness to prostitute her person.” The woman told him to give her a dime. Wright said that he didn’t have a dime, and that if he did have a dime, he would give it to his wife. Wright stated that he was angry with the woman for her insulting conduct and language. If she repeated her language, Wright told her, he would slap her. She did repeat herself, and Wright slapped her.

The two white men appeared on the scene at this point without knowing how the argument began. As Wright walked away, the doctor followed and struck Wright on the head with a walking cane. Wright reeled around and grabbed the stick while the doctor cursed at him to let go. The doctor grabbed Wright by the collar of his coat and then punched him in the face. The second white man yelled to “kill the damned black yankee [since] there is no law for him.” Wright warned that if they both jumped him, he would cut one with his knife. When he was attacked, Wright stabbed the doctor with his knife.

Wright’s captain and his attorney sent pleas for a postponement of the sentence to Maj. Gen. Edward Canby of the Department of the Gulf. They were hoping for time to appeal to President Andrew Johnson for a pardon based on self-defense.

Several postponements were granted. The series of the documents leading to President Johnson’s final decision reads like the ultimate page-turner. On February 24, 1866, General Canby received a telegram from the War Department in Washington, DC, stating that President Johnson has ordered that “the [death] sentence be duly carried into execution.” A copy of this message on American Telegraph Company letterhead survives in the service record.

Wright was not notified of his fate until the evening before his hanging. A week earlier, Provost Marshal A.M. Jackson was warned in a letter from Eastern District headquarters in Louisiana that “Precaution must be taken that the office of hangman be confided to a capable person so that no disagreeable results may ensue, and that the body be not disturbed until the hangman has pronounced life to be entirely extinct.”

Jackson’s report of the execution dated the next day describes quite a different scene.

The knot on the rope was not soaped properly and the knot slipped as Wright fell from the platform. Though he was suspended, his neck was not broken and he could still breathe. Wright was taken down and put on the platform a second time. It took fifteen more minutes of strangulation before death took Fortune Wright. Jackson claimed that though the circumstance was “unpleasant,” Wright did not suffer “as he remained insensible from the time of the first fall.”

The stories of the USCT soldiers will be available free to non-subscribers on www.Fold3.com from May 22 to 31, and can be accessed for free at any time on computers at the National Archives.

Fold3 Offering FREE Access to its Confederate Civil War Records thru April

Fold3.com is one of my favorite websites. Having had a number of family members who served with the United States (and Confederate) Armed Services, the site has given me a wealth of detailed service information about them. Now I see that Fold3 is offering FREE access to its rich collection of Confederate Civil War records for the entire month of April. This contains 32 collections comprising of more than 19 million records, with the majority of the records created during the time of the Civil War.

Several of the records and publications from the National Archives’ War Department Collection of Confederate Records (RG 109) are digitized and appear on Fold3. These include Confederate Compiled Service Records, both the Union and Confederate citizens files, and Confederate Casualty Reports. All titles from RG 109 available on Fold3 are listed here with links to each title.

Additionally, Confederate Amnesty Papers, the Confederate Navy Subject File, the Turner-Baker Papers relating to Civil War Subversion Investigations, and files of the Southern Claims Commission are included as part of the free Confederate content for the month of April. Of unique interest, explore the compiled service records for the “Galvanized Yankees,” Confederate prisoners of war who were released by enlisting in the Union Army. Most of the CSA files contain a soldier’s declaration of “Volunteer Enlistment” with an oath of allegiance to the USA.

Learn more about your southern ancestors and those who fought for the Confederate States of America within the Civil War Collection on Fold3.

In full disclosure, I’m proud to have a Fold3.com affiliate relationship, and plan to keep it that way for years to come.

Officers & Soldiers Serving From Pennsylvania During the French & Indian War 1744-1765

Do you have ancestors who may have been soldiers serving with Pennsylvania Regiments during the French and Indian War (aka Anglo-French Rivalry {by Canadians}; and La guerre de la Conquête (“The War of Conquest” by the French-Canadians). The actual war itself technically ran from 1754 to 1763, but warring conflicts with the French and their native American allies went back as early as 1688.

The Pennsylvania Archives, Series 5, Volume 1 includes lists officers and soldiers in the service of the Province of Pennsylvania from 1744 to 1765. Free access is extremely valuable date is found at Fold3.com. You may search this database, in fact the entire Pennsylvania Archives, by name or you may browse pages. The listing from the Pennsylvania Regiments during the French and Indian War are found on 368 pages. I found it fascinating to browse the pages, picking up all kinds of details about the troops during this most difficult period in American history.

The following listings give the names and often personal details of thousands of Pennsylvania soldiers, many of whom were directly involved in the American expanion into the Ohio country. In studying the many listing of muster rolls, and recruits, it’s immediately evident that many, if not most, of these soldiers were mountain men, Scots-Irish and German immigrants whose natural inclination was to move west into the largely unsettled areas of the Applachians and the Ohio country.

John Deimer’s Company; Sept 1746; p 6-8
Capt. William Trent’s Company; Sept 1746; p 8-11
Capt John Shannon’s Company; Sept 1746; p 11-14
Samuel Perry’s Company; 4 Aug 1746; p 14-17
Officers of the Assoc. Regiment of Foot of Philadelphia; Dec 17, 1747; p 17-18
Officers of Assoc. Regiment of Bucks County; 1747-1748; p 18-19
Officers of the two Assoc. Regiments of Chester County; 1747-1748; p 20-22
Officers of the Regiment of the West End of Lancaster County; 1747-1748; p 22
Officers of Assoc. Regiments or the West End of Lancaster County, on the Susquehanna; 1747-1748; p 22-24
Officers of the Assoc Regiment of Lancaster County, Over the River Susquehanna; 1747-1748; p 24-25
Officers of the Two Regiments of New Castle County; 1747-1748; p 25-27
Officers of the Associated Companies of Kent County; 1747-1748; p 27-28
Officers of the Assoc Regiment in the County of Philadelphia; 1748; p 28-29
Richard Gardiner’s Comp’y Belonging to the PA Regiments, Commanded by William Denny; 1749; p 29-30
Provincial Officers; 1754; p 30
Officers of Provincial Service; 1755; p 31-32
Officers Present, Killed & Wounded on the banks of the Monongahela 9 July 1755; 600 soldiers killed & wounded including General Braddock; p 32-37
Inhabitants of Cumberland County “Heartily” Joined as a Company; 7 Aug 1755; P 37-38
Captain John Venetta’s Allegation of Solder’s; 12 Jan 1756; p 38-39
Company of Foot, New Town, Bucks County; 7 March 1756; p 39-40
Independent Company of Foot, Philadelphia; 1756; p 40-41
Men of Captain Jameson’s Company Killed or Wounded near McCord’s Fort (Franklin County); 2 April 1756; p 41
Station of the Provincial Forces; June 1756; p 41-42
Officers in the Province Pay by Dates of Their Commissions; 1755-57; (includes lists of soldiers killed at Kittanning; Sept 1756; In 1756, the Indian village was destroyed by John Armstrong, Sr. at the Battle of Kittanning during the French and Indian War. During the attack, a blast from the explosion of gunpowder stored in Captain Jacobs’s house was heard in Pittsburgh, 44 miles away.) p 42-47
Associated Companies, York County; 1756; p 47-48
St. Vincent & Puke’s Land Association; 10 May 1756; p 48-49
Philadelphia Regiment. 1756; p 49
Independent Troop of Horse, Philadelphia; 1756; p 50
Independent Company of Foot, Philadelphia; 1756; p 50-51
Assoc Battery Company of Philadelphia; 1756; p 51
Officers of the Lower Regiments, Newcastle County; 1756; p 52-53
Officers of the Upper Regiments, New Castle County; 1756; p 53-54
Officers for the Regiment of Militia for Kent County, upon Delaware; 1756; p 54-56
Officers for the Regiment of Sussex County; 1756; p 56-57
Assoc Companies, Lancaster County; 1756; p 57
Assoc Companies, Bucks County; 1756; p 58
Muster Roll of Capt Joseph Shippen’s Company in the First Regiment of Foot in the Pay of the Province of PA; 1756; p 58-59
Muster Roll of Major Burd’s Company in Province of PA; 1756; p 60
The First Regiment of Foot in the Pay of PA; 1756?; p 61
Officers in the Province Pay with Dates of Their Commissions; 1756-1757; p 62-63
Soldiers Enlisted by James Burd at Fort Granville With Amount of Money Advanced; 3 June 1756; p 64
An Account of the Provincial Clothing delivered to the Soldiers of Captain Shippen’s Company; 4 Aug -1 Oct 1756; p 65-66
Names of Persons Killed, Wounded and Missing out of Several Companies in the Expedition Against Kittanning; p 67-68
Prisoners Retaken From the Indiana at Kittaning; 14 Sept 1756; p 68-69
Officers in the Province Pay with Dates of Their Commissions; 1756-1757; p 70-72
A Return of Col Clapham’s Regiment; Fort Augusta; 18 Oct 1756; p 73
First Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment; 20 Nov 1756; p 73-74
Capt Joseph Shippen’s Company; 1756-1757; p 74-79
Soldiers and Their Clothing Distributed Within Capt Shippen’s Company; Fort Augusta; 1 May 1756-1 May 1757; p 79-81
Report of 7 Companies of Col William Clapham’s Regiment of Foot in the Pay of the Province of PA; Fort Augusta; 19 January 1757; p 82-83
Muster Roll of Capt Joseph Shippen’s Company in the First PA Regiment of Foot in Garrison at Fort Augusta, Major James Burd – Commander; 10 May 1757; p 84-85
James Patterson’s Company; 25 June 1757; p 85-86
Officers, Seamen and Landsmen Belonging to the Province Ship Pennsylvania; 17 Aug 1757; p 86-88
Officers in the Pay of the Province of PA; Dec 1757; p 88-91
Muster Roll of Jame’s Burd’s Company of the Augusta Regiment of Foot; 10 May-1 Oct 1757; p 92-94
The Augusta Regiment of Foot commanded by James Burd; Fort Augusta; 1 Dec 1757; p 95-97
Officers & Soldiers, PA Regiment of Foot; 1757; 98-99
Battoe [Bateaux–flat bottomed double ended shallow draft boat] Men Hired by the Province of PA; 1757; p 100-101
Return of the Augusta Regiment of Foot, 8 companies commanded by Major James Burd, Fort Augusta; 1 Jan 1758; p 102-104
Officers in the Pay of the Province of Pennsylvania; 1757-1758; p 105-109
Return of the Augusta Regiment of Foot, 8 companies commanded by Major James Burd, Fort Augusta; 1 Feb 1758; p 110-115
Return of the First Battalion of the PA Regiments, Commanded by Col William Denny; 24 Feb 1758; p 115-116
Muster Roll of James Patterson’ Company; 1757-1758; p 116-17
Muster Roll of Men Enlisted for 3 years in Captain John Nichols Weatherholt’s Company, stationed in Heydelberg Township, Northampton County; Mar-Apr 1758; p 118-119
Officers in the Pay of the Province of Pennsylvania; 1757-1758; p 120-122
Return of Fort Augusta, detachments from the 1st & 2nd Battalion of the PA Regiment, Lt Col James Burd, Commandant; 1 May 1758; p 123-125
Capt John Singleton Enlistments; May 1-8, 1758; p 126-127
PA Regiment of 3 Battalions, William Denny Colonel in Chief; 1758; p128-132
Recruits Raised by Capt Robert Boyd for the PA Regiment; 15 May 1858; p 133-134
Recruits by Capt John Blackwood for the PA Regiment, Philadelphia; 15 May 1858; p 135-140
Recruits by Capt John Bull for the PA Regiment; 16 May 1758; p 141
Return of a Full Company Enlisted for the Campaign in the Lower Counties by Capt John McClughan; 17 May 1758; p 142-144
Recruits by Capt John Singleton, PA Regiment at Philadelphia; 17 May 1758; p 145-147
Men to be Reviewed, signed by Robert Eastburn; 19 ay 1758; p 148
Capt John Hasslet’s Company; 21 May 1758; p 148-149
Recruits Raised by Robert Boyd for the PA Regiment; 22 May 1758; p 150
Capt John Blackwood’s Company of PA Regiment; 22 May 1758; p 151-157
Return of Recruits by Capt Richard Walker for the PA Regiments; 25 May 1758; p 158-161
Return of Recruits by Capt Robert Eastburn for the PA Regiment at Philadelphia; 15 May 1758; p 162-165
Return of Recruits by Capt John Bull; 24 May 1758; p 166
Recruits Raised by Capt Paul Jackson for the PA Regiment; May 1758; p167-171
Return of Recruits by Capt Charles McClung for the PA Regiment; May 1758; p 172-173
Return of 23 New Companies of the PA Regiment [Officers]; May 1758; p 174-175
Return of Capt French Battell’s Company of the Lower County Provincials; 1758; p 176-177
The PA Regiment Consisting of 3 Battalions Commanded by Col. William Denny; p 177-180
Second Battalion Officers [includes a brief first-hand account of the march on Fort Du Quesne (now Pittsburg)]; 1757-1758; p 180-183
Third Battalion Officers; 1758; p 183-185
New Levies; May 1758; p 185-186
Return of Men Enlisted by Lieut M’Clay for Capt Montgomery; May-June 1758; p 186
Return of the Recruits Raised by Capt Benjamin Noxon; 1758; p 186-189
Muster Roll of Lieut Col James Burd’ Company of the 2nd Battalion of the PA Regiment of Foot; 10 Sept-1 June 1758; p 190-193
Muster Roll of Major Joseph Shippen’s Company of Foot of the 2nd Battalion of the PA Regiment, commanded by Col James Burd; 10 Sept 1757-1 June 1758; P 194-196
Recruits Raised by Capt Paul Jackson for the PA Regiment; Apr-May 1758; p 197-199
Return of Fort Augusta, commanded by Capt Levy Trump; 2 June 1758; 200-201
Letter from George Stevenson at York dealing with wagons, clothing, with names of officers and their commission dates; 6 June 1758; p 202
A List of the Number of Wagons, Draught and Pack Horses (by twp) from Northampton County; 10 June 1758; p 203
A List of the Number of Wagons, Draught and Pack Horses from Whitehall twp, Northampton County (with owners names); 8 June 1758; p 204-205
A List of the Number of Wagons, Draught and Pack Horses from Weisenbarg twp, (with owners names); 1758; p 206
A List of the Number of Wagons, Draught and Pack Horses from Heidelberg twp, (with owners names); 1758; p 206-208
A List of the Number of Wagons, Draught and Pack Horses from Macunge twp, (with owners names); 1758; p 208-209
A List of the Number of Wagons, Draft and Back Horses from Bathleham twp, (with owners names); 8 June 1758; p 210
A List of the Number of Wagons, Draught and Pack Horses from Mountbethel twp, (with owners names); 1758; p 211
A List of the Number of Wagons, Draught and Pack Horses from Lower Socam twp, (with owners names); June 1758; p 212-213
A List of the Wagons, and Horses of the inhabitants in William twp, Northampton County (with owners names); 1758; p 214-215
Wagons, and Horses Taken Ton (?) in Upper Sacum twp, Northampton County (with owners names); 5 June 1758; p 215-216
A List of the Number of Wagons, Draught and Pack Horses in Linn twp, (with owners names); 1758; p 217
A List of the Number of Wagons, Draught and Pack Horses of Salesbury twp, Northampton County (with owners names); 1758; p 218
A List of the Number of Wagons, Draught and Pack Horses of Foarks twp, Northampton County (with owners names); 1758; p 219
A List of the Number of Wagons, Draught and Pack Horses in Easton twp, (with owners names); 1758; p 220-221
A List of the Number of Wagons, and Horses in Upper Milford twp, (with owners names); 1758; p 222-223
Officers and Soldiers in Camp at Carlisle; 27 June 1758; p 224-225
Capt John Singleton’s Company at Carlisle Camp; 28 June 1758; p 226
Return of Soldiers in John Bull’s Company; 1 July 1758; p 227-228
Return of Capt Samuel Jones’ Company; 1758; p 228-229
Militia Officers for the Lower District of Mother-Kill Hundred, Kent County, in Delaware; Mar 1758; p 230
Militia Officers for the Upper District of Mother-Kill Hundred; Mar 1758; p 230
Militia Battalion for Sussex County, in Delaware; 18 Mar 1758; p 230-232
List of Officers of the Lower Government on Delaware; 1758-1759; p 232-233
Return of Soldiers in My {Capt Eastburn’s} Company; 1 July 1758; p 234-238
List of Officers & Soldiers Killed & Wounded at the Attack of Ticonderoga; 8 July 1758; p 239-240
Return of the Disposition of the Provincial Troops a Posts Eastward of the Susquehannah for the defense of the Frontier Inhabitants; Lists Forts, Blockhouses, Ferries, posts; 9 July 1758; p 241
Companies of the PA Regiment Wanting Kettles and Canteens; 10 July 1758; p 242
Return of Capt Hambright’s Troop of Horse Camp at Rays Town; 11 July 1758; p 242-244
Return of Fort Augusta, commanded by Capt Levi Trump; 1 Aug 1758; p 244-245
Return of Fort Augusta, commanded by Capt Levi Trump; 1 Sept 1758; p 246-247
Return of the 1st Battalion of the PA Regiment, commanded by Col John Armstrong, camp at Loyal Hannon; 10 Sept 1758; p 248-252
Officers & Soldiers Killed, Missing & Returned From Action Near Fort Du Quesne; 14 Sept 1758; p 253-254
Muster Roll & Pay List of Col Burd’s Company in the 2nd Batt. Of the PA Regiment; 1 Aug-1 Oct 1758, Exclu. Camp Loyalhanning, the 30th Sept 1758; p 255-257
Return of 1st Battalion of the Royal American Regiment Loyalhannon; 2 Sept 1758; p 258-259
Name of Sarg & Privates of the 2nd Battalion of the PA Regiment that are to Stay at Fort Aygyle; 2 Nov 1758; P 260-261
Return of Fort Augusta, Commanded by Capt Levi Trump; 1 Dev 1758; p 262-263
Officers who Served in the PA Regiment of 3 Battalions with Their Ranks They were Promoted to After That Time; 1758-1759; p 264-267
Return of the 1st Battalion of the PA Regiment commanded by Col John Armstrong, Carlisle; 17 Jan 1759; p 268-270
Return of the 1st & 2nd Battalions of the PA Regiment, William Denny Col in Chief; 17 Jan 1759; p 271-274
Men Killed in the Battoe; 28 Mar 1759; p 275
Muster Roll of Capt John Singleton’s Company of New Levies; 6 May 1759; p 276-277
Roll of Recruits Enlisted into Capt John Wright’s Company; 11 May 1759; p 278-279
Roll of Recruits Enlisted into Capt Johnston’s Company; 12 May 1759; p 279-280
Recruits Enlisted by Capt Samuel Grubb to Serve in the PA Regiment; 16 May 1759; p 281-284
Recruits Enlisted by Capt John Haslet; 20 May 1759; p 285-286
Recruits Enlisted for PA Service by Capt David Hunter; 26 May 1759; p 286-287
Men Enlisted by Capt James Armstrong for the PA Regiment; 1 June 1759; p 287-288
Men Recruited by Capt Andrew McDowell for the 2nd Battalion of the PA Regiment; 4 June 1759; p 288-289
Return of Capt Hn. Van Bibber’s Company of the Lower Counties on Delaware Troops, New Castle; 4 June 1759; p 289-290
Recruits Enlisted by Captain John Mather Jr.; 15 June 1759; 290-291
Return of Capt Robert Boyd’s Company; May-June 1759; p 292-293
Return of Capt Charles Stewart’s Company; June 1759; p 293-294
Recruits Raised by Capt Richardson of the 3rd Battalion in the Provincial Service; 1759; p 294-295
List of Officers of the New Levies & Dates of Their Commissions; 1759; p 295-297
Officers of the PA Regiment; 1759; p 298
Return of the Recruits Raised by Capt Robert Curry, Belonging to the PA Regiment; June 1759; p 298-299
Officers of the 3rd Battalion of the PA Regiment; 1759; p 300-301
List of the Detachment PA Regiment in Garrison at Fort Before Under the Command of Lt Col Joseph Shippen, 24 Jan 1760; p 302-307
Roll of Col Burd’s Company; 1760; p 308
Roll of Men Belonging to Mr Hunter’s Party Received at Harris’s & Recruited by Col Burd & Major Clayton & Arrived at Augusts 24 Dec 1760; p 309-310
The Philadelphia Company; 1760; p 311
List of officers for the PA Regiment; 1760; p 311-314
Return of Ordnance, Tools & Store Belonging to Fort Augusta; 1 Apr 1761; p 315
List of James Bird’s Company; 10 May 1761; p 316-317
Col James Burd’s Company on Their March to Pitsburg, Lancaster; 22 May 1761; p 317-318
Roll of Capt John Little’s Company; 26 May 1761; p 319-320
Men Enlisted for 3 Months Under the Command of Capt Jacob Wetterholt, stationed at Lor Shmit Fill twp; July 1763’ p 321-323
Return of the Strength, Arms, Ammunition, etc of the 1st Battalion of the PA Regiment of Foot (not including 2 companies at Fort Augusta); 2 July 1764; p 324-325
Muster Roll & Pay List of Col James Burd’s Company in Garrison at Fort Augusta; 1 Nov 1763-1 June 1764; 326-328
Return of the 2nd Battalion of the PA Regiment Commanded by Lt Col Asher Clayton, at Carlisle; 31 July 1764; 329
Return of Deserters from the 2nd Battalion of PA Regiment, commanded by Lt Col Clayton, Camp at Ft Loudon; 25 Aug 1764; p 330
List of Deserters from the 1st Battalion of the PA Troops, Commanded by Lt Col Turbett Francis Since the Officers Received Orders to Levy Recruits for Said Battalion; 1764 with no date; p 331-334
A List of Officers of the PA Regiment Commanded by Hon. J Penn, Esq’r; 1764; p 334-337
A Return of the Troops Commanded by Major Asher Clayton, Stationed on the Frontiers of Lancaster, Berks and Northampton Counties; 1 June 1764; p 337-338
Report of the 3 Companies on the Northern Frontiers; 2 Oct 1764; p 338
Fort Augusta Pay Certificates; 10 June 1765; p 338-339
List of Sundry Stores Left at Fort Augusta for Want of Sufficient Craft to Carry Them Down, by Order of Col Turbut Francis; 11 June 1765; p 339-342
Muster & Pay Roll of Captain Caleb Graydon’s Company at Fort Augusta; 1 Jan-13 June 1765; p 343-346
Oath of Alexander Quay; p 346
Nomination of Thomas Edwards, Captain of the Militia Company of Foot, Earl Town, Lancaster County; p 346-347
List of Persons Employed in the Sept of the Deputy Quarter Master General and Their Pay; p 348-350
List of Lt Col Shippen’s Company in the 2nd Battalion of the PA Regiment; p 351-352
Roll of Col Burd’s Company; p 352-353
Officers & Soldiers, Rays Town; 3 Oct 1758; p 354
Absent Officers (many prisoners of the French); p 355-356
Return of Recruits by Capt William Biles of the PA Regiment; p 357-361
How the Forces are to be Posted Between the Susquehanna and the Delaware; p 362
Return of Recruits Raised by Capt Samuel Neilson for the PA Regiment; p 363-368

ISGS Raises Over $40,000 During War of 1812 Records Preservation Campaign

The following news release was received from Thomas MacEntee:

Preserve the Pensions Project to Digitize Important Pension Records and Provide Free Access to the Public

December 11, 2012 Springfield, IL: The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is proud to announce that it has completed its recently launched $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge with strong support from ISGS members as well as the genealogical community.

On June 18, 2012, the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812, ISGS announced its $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge. ISGS made a commitment to match any contribution (up to the first $10,000) made to the Preserve the Pensions project before December 31, 2012. In addition, Ancestry.com announced that it would also match all monies donated during the campaign, resulting in all contributions being quadrupled. A total of $40,000 to be donated to the Preserve the Pensions project will result in 88,888 additional pages of the War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files being digitized over the next few months.

The Preserve the Pensions campaign (http://www.preservethepensions.org), sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (http://www.fgs.org) along with Ancestry.com, Fold3 and the National Archives, seeks to raise over $3.7 Million needed to digitize the War of 1812 pension files that are currently stored in the National Archives and make them freely available online. With over 180,000 Pension files in this historic record set and over 7.2 million pages, access to these records will benefit not only genealogists and family historians, but a variety of researchers. In addition, the digitization project will help preserve and halt further damage to these historical documents. The files are being digitized as funds become available and many files are already viewable by visiting http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/.

ISGS President Jane Haldeman notes: “The ISGS board made a strong commitment to the preservation of the War of 1812 Pension Records when it issued the fundraising challenge earlier this year. ISGS thanks all who contributed, especially those members of the genealogy community who are not members of ISGS. Digitizing these records will benefit ALL genealogists and hopefully result in more people locating information about their ancestors.”

About Illinois State Genealogical Society
The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:
• To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
• To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
• To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
• To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.
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War of 1812 Records FREE at Fold3 During June

Fold3 has opened up all of their War of 1812 records to the public for free during June. This is in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the commencement of the war. The collection consists of more than 400,000 images including 233,000 images from the War of 1812 Pension Files never before available online. The following databases provided for free included:

War of 1812 Pension Files
War of 1812 Prize Cases, Southern District Court, NY
Letters Received by The Adjutant General, 1805-1821
War of 1812 Service Records

The Pension files that are included are only a small percentage of the entire collection that will eventually be available online. For more information on the War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, visit http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/.