Happy Birthday, Marine Corps!

Our very dedicated volunteer, Michael Hall, is a retired Marine. Today, we celebrate along with him the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Did you know the impact of the War of 1812 on the Marines? Here is a bit of trivia for you! 

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Battle of New Orleans. Image: Library of Congress

We were created on 10 November 1775 at Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!

It was during the War of 1812 that the US Marine Corps really came into its own!

Traditions from the War of 1812:

  • The quatrefoil on the top of Marine Corps officers was placed there so that Marine Sharpshooters did not shoot their own officers.
  • The leather stock worn around the neck of US Marines. This was to help prevent saber slashes. Today it is part of the US Marines Dress Blue Uniform.
  • The Marine Corps Barracks in Washington DC called (8th and I) and the Commandant’s house were spared by the British out of respect for the bravery shown by the Marines during the Battle of Bladensburg.
The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor
The Anchor: Acknowledges the naval tradition of the Marines. It also lets every Marine know that we do need taxi service to get to the fight! Tradition states that the Marines stole the Anchor when the Navy wasn’t looking. Proof of this can be found in the US Marine Hymn first verse:
“From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli; we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea;”
The Eagle: Represents the proud nation that we serve! Tradition states that the Marines stole the Eagle when the Army wasn’t looking. Proof of this can be found in the US Marine Hymn first verse:
“First to fight for right and freedom and to keep our honor clean.”
The Globe: Represents the world that the Good Lord gave to the US Marines to be his force on earth. Tradition states that the Marines stole the Globe when The Lord wasn’t looking. (That is what the other services would have you believe). However, we all know that The Lord gave it to the US Marines. Proof of this can be found in the US Marine Hymn third verse:
“If the Army and Navy ever look on Heaven’s scenes; they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.”
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Trouble with Surname Spellings? Tips for searching multiple names in the War of 1812 Pensions at fold3.com!

Like many websites, to search for your ancestor properly, you need to change the surname spelling for every search you make. Fold3 is one of those, but there is a work-around you may not be aware of. When searching for a name with multiple spellings, try this trick. For this example, we will be using the surname “Clements.”

  • At Fold3, click on the tab “War of 1812” under the heading “Browse US Military Records by War.” When you do, a box will show up to the right about War of 1812 records available in the site. Now click on the dark blue words “Browse all War of 1812 Titles.”
  • Now your screen will show two columns. Go to the second column titled “Publication,” and scroll down to click on “War of 1812 Pension Files.”
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Layout on Fold3.com

  • A new column will show up on the right side, titles “State Organization.” Click on the state where your ancestor served. For this example, we will use Maryland.
  • The next column that now shows on the right is “Surname Starts With.” Here we click “C” for Clements.
  • Now another column shows to the right alongside the surname list. If we scroll through those names we find three surname spellings in the Maryland records only that may be variants of the Clements name: Clemans, Clements, Clemmer. Clicking on each of these will give the name of the soldiers who applied for pensions (or pensions applied for by widows under their husbands’ names).
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Surname searching on Fold3.com

Using this search technique, you may find surname spellings for your ancestor that you had not considered.  Don’t forget to search for your ancestor’s name (with each possible spelling) in the regular search – he may be listed in someone else’s pension, too.

Happy Researching!

Remember that records are made available online – FREE forever – by donations from people like you. Help us preserve the War of 1812 pension files and make a donation today!



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Major Contribution by the American Society of Genealogists

The American Society of Genealogists (ASG) made a significant donation to the Preserve the Pensions project in the amount of $5,000. This generous gift was matched by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and matched again by Ancestry.com generating a $20,000 donation that will digitize 44,445 images of the pension files.

Marsha Hoffman Rising

Marsha Hoffman Rising

The donation was made in tribute to ASG Fellow and past president Marsha Hoffman Rising who died on 17 February 2010 after a thirteen and a half year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born on 19 August 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Paul and Zella (Deschner) Hoffman.



Marsha’s interest in genealogy led her to become a Certified Genealogist. In that capacity she became the President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, a Fellow and President of the American Society of Genealogists, the Vice-President of the National Genealogical Society and a Trustee of both the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. She published several books, the most popular of which was The Family Tree Problem Solver. She also published several genealogical references, the magnum opus being Opening the Ozarks: The First Families in Southwest Missouri.

FGS created the special tribute category for the Preserve the Pensions project to honor Marsha’s years of service to the genealogical community, its professionalism and her years of service and leadership in FGS.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of the memory of Marsha Hoffman Rising, you may do so at the Preserve the Pensions website.

FGS thanks the members of ASG for their generous donation and for choosing to support the Preserve the Pensions project and for their interest and support in helping to preserve the images the War of 1812 pension records housed in the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

Source of biographical information: Marsha Hoffman Rising Homepage, http://www.marsharising.com/



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