Preserve the Pensions

An Exciting Change of Plans

Thank you Judy Russell. Your promotion of the Fun Walk and the generous offers of sponsorship you have received have inspired us.

We are changing things up!

Instead of a group walk, we have four sponsored walkers for you to choose from: Judy Russell of The Legal Genealogist, D. Joshua Taylor and Kenyatta Berry on behalf of Genealogy Roadshow and Ed Donakey of Family Search.

These four walkers will be competing for your sponsorship to see which of them can raise the most funds for the Preserve the Pensions campaign.

And while we hope those of you who intended to walk will get out and enjoy all that San Antonio has to offer, we ask that you commit to sponsoring one of our celebrity walkers instead.

Judy, Josh, Kenyatta and Ed will walk Saturday morning August 30th at 6:30am. (That’s right Judy, you’ll still have to get up early, that hasn’t changed!)

If you happen to be up at what Judy lovingly calls “oh dark thirty” I hope you’ll consider seeing them off from their starting point at the front entrance of the Henry B Gonzales Convention Center.

Every dollar raised in support of our walkers goes directly to the Preserve The Pensions fund.  Every dollar is matched first by FGS, then again by Ancestry. Every $25.00 sponsorship becomes a $100.00 contribution to the preservation of this incredibly important collection of War of 1812 pensions.

Now all you have to decide is which of these four amazing individuals will get your support!

The Details:

Show attendees, please stop by the Preserve The Pensions booth 506, 508.

Donate $25.00 to sponsor your favorite walker and pick up your T-Shirt.  (Shirts available while they last.)

For those not attending the show, please visit our donate page at

You’ll see a section marked “Honor and Tribute” where you can select the walker you’d like to sponsor. After the convention we’ll coordinate with you on T-shirt size and shipping.

And as always, thank you for your support!

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Dear Friends

This email was originally composed by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, and is reprinted here with her permission. 

Dear Minnesota and Wisconsin friends,

I hate for us to be left out of great projects and would like us to be recognized as caring about a project to preserve important records. I am talking about the War of 1812 Pension Records.


Have you checked the War of 1812 Pension records that are free on I do searches by names and by places and have found some neat things for communities where my family lived.These pensions are in deteriorating condition at the National Archives.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies took on the project to raise the money and partnered with so that each dollar contributed is matched by Ancestry. Thus, donate $25 and it becomes $50. $50 becomes $100!
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Pension file for Nathaniel Alger, resident of Stoughton, Wisconsin.

These information filled records are being digitized and will be free forever because of us! Even if your ancestors didn’t serve in this war, you may find a later affidavit from a relative in Minnesota or Wisconsin that tells about a neighbor who did. It might state that your ancestor knew the soldier when they lived in a place in New York or Pennsylvania that you never heard about. It might state a relationship by blood or marriage to the soldier.
Have you contributed to the project at to make sure we get all of these preserved? Let’s get the rest of them digitized. We can make it happen. Please let your friends know about this worthwhile project. Let’s raise $1812 each day in July. If you donated once, do it again, and think about setting up a monthly donation. It’s painless.


I have contributed several times and I have no known War of 1812 ancestry. Please join me on the Honor Roll of those who have contributed. Let your fellow genealogists know and ask your genealogical society to participate.

Thank you for listening.


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Raising an Army: We Need You


To Raise an Additional Military Force.

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate & House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That there be immediately ratified, ten regiments of infantry, two regiments of artillery, and one regiment of light dragoons, to be enlisted for the term of five years, unless sooner discharged.”

~ Gettysburg Centinel, June 3, 1812


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The Gettysburg Centinel June 3, 1812.

This notice, delivered as a call to arms, an act of building a military force, was published on June 3, 1812, as the United States started down the long road of war once again. Fighting to preserve the independence duly won during the American Revolution, this nation lifted arms against the acts of the British crown and marched forward.


And now, we must once again place ourselves on the field of battle.

Genealogists, family historians, military historians and reenactors, historians of every kind, and citizens all, we must come together as one to save a collection of valuable and irreplaceable historical documentation from the War of 1812. Indeed, we have a duty to preserve the pension files of our soldiers and sailors, to work together to ensure that these fragile connections to the past are captured forever.

Our fight will continue, our long road to victory, will only carry on until the fundraising is complete.

We need you.

Hundreds of Soldiers on the Front Line
More Recruits Needed!

Hundreds of individuals and organizations have already donated. Many have participated in matching fund campaigns, have used social media, blogs, websites, and other virtual tools to spread the word of our endeavors. Reporters have told stories, writers have written article after article, press releases’ and town calendars have been peppered with notices of events and activities. All aiming to make the general public more aware of this “forgotten war.” Today, we rally together to say, “Forgotten No More.” [Tweet this]

It is our time! We must carry forward, and bring new recruits as we march. Fall in line, soldiers, for we are on the road to victory!

Rather than weapons, our soldiers carry their voices. Call out across the countryside, the time is now! Our mission is clear: we must work to raise enough funds to digitize the pension files from the War of 1812.

This week, we offer to you, our Army, a challenge:

When you make a donation, post to your favorite social media platform and call for one of your friends to match your donation. When someone comes forward, ask them to put the challenge on their social media. How far can we spread this message? A donation of $25.00 turns into $50.00, then $100. That equates to 200 pages of saved pension images!

Will you stand with us? Donate now to help us raise $1812 every day in July! #1812today

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