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Preserve the Pensions: War of 1812

In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, Rebecca Koford, DC-APG treasurer, has recently been asked to assist with something crucial to preserving our heritage, a project called "Preserve the Pensions: War of 1812".

The War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Files housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., are being digitized and placed online FREE OF CHARGE – FOREVER! Easily available to lineage society members, researchers and others indefintely!

The pensions of 180,000 of our bravest patriots have never been microfilmed or digitally preserved until now. The Federation of Genealogical Societies is leading the effort to raise $3.2 million to digitize the 7.2 million images and preserve the images of these precious historical documents. One of the nation’s leading online genealogical research companies, Ancestry.com, has committed to match dollar-for-dollar everything raised toward this effort. This means every dollar contributed turns into two and preserves four images!

As a powerful voice in preserving the memory and records of these patriots, you can inform your genealogical and historical societies about this project and encourage contributions toward preserving these vital historical records. If you like, we can provide information about the project to share and supply printed brochures for each of your members attending your meetings. To receive these materials, email us at: 1812@fgs.org or call us toll-free at 888-347-1500. If I can, I am also personally willing to speak to your members at a meeting in the next few months, anytime in a short 5 - 10 minute presentation, or longer 30 - 50 minute powerpoint presentation.

To learn more about the project, go to: www.preservethepensions.org/

To donate, go to www.preservethepensions.org/donate.

Ancestry.com is currently matching donations dollar for dollar.

To view the images already available online for FREE, go to: go.fold3.com/1812pensions/.

Please encourage your society members to help us save the War of 1812 Pensions!

Thank you so much for all you do in your societies to preserve our history and keep it alive for the next generation.