Celebrating in July!

Welcome to July, 2015!

There is always so much to celebrate during the month of July. We spend time at family gatherings, picnics, and honoring our nation’s heritage. During the coming month, we are excited to celebrate our progress in the effort to digitally preserve the pension files from the War of 1812.

We have found some amazing material within the collection so far, and what better way to share it with our friends than in our Facebook group? We now have just over 1,000 people engaged in conversation, asking interesting questions, and assisting each other in their War of 1812 related research. Whether you are a genealogist, historian, or educator, we would invite you to be a part of that community.

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Page 1 of Joshua Maberry’s Pension file, Virginia

Every day in July, we will be sharing a new image found within the digitized files at Fold3.com. And with every image, we will be asking for your support in raising the final funds to preserve the entire collection of archived records currently held at the National Archives and Records Administration.

We have raised over 50% of the necessary amount, but we continue to need your help in this effort. Set up your monthly donation, talk to your employer about a matching donation, and work with your genealogical society to crowdsource even more! And after you do all that, spread the word about your donation on Twitter!

Remember that your donation goes a long way. The images will be free forever on Fold3.com, and every donation is matched by Ancestry.com, so your $45.00 donation becomes $90.00 and saves 200 pages of these historic, fragile files.

Tell the world today, “I donated to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions!” [Tweet this!] and enjoy our month of historical documents in the Facebook group. Together, we will celebrate our American heritage, and we will celebrate the continued success of this historic effort.

 

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Creativity in Matching Campaigns

Is your society having a hard time coming up with new and innovative ideas for a matching campaign to benefit the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions? We’ll be sharing examples as we learn of them, so that other’s may be inspired!

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Today we have the opportunity to learn from the Larimer County Genealogical Society, who has decided to host their first ever annual seminar, and they’ve added a fantastic twist! The leadership has found a way to support not just one – but two – very worthy historical preservation programs. Two-thirds of all ticket sales to “Conference for a Cause” will benefit both the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions program and the Friday’s Council Tree Chapter, NSDAR Historic Marker Project at Grandview Cemetery (Fort Collins, CO). This project is working to preserve and restore the historic markers already in place, as well as to provide headstones for those veternans who are currently unmarked.

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The seminar will be held on November 14, 2015, and features D. Joshua Taylor, President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, co-host of Genealogy Roadshow, and Director of Family History at Findmypast. The day long event is expected to sell out, especially considering that 2/3 of the ticket cost is tax-deductible. Registration begins July 16, 2015 for members only, and August 1, 2015 for the general public.

As a new FGS member organization, and for their first major event, the folks at LCGS are to be applauded for their efforts in continuing their mission in the genealogical community as well as their ability to find a creative way to support these two excellent endeavors. In addition, they have already pledged to contribute $500 or more in 2015 to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions campaign in the FGS Society Matching Campaign Challenge!

Do you have a unique fund raising or matching funds idea? Leave a comment for a chance to be featured on the blog!

 

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Remembering Each One

Our mission with this fundraising effort is to digitally preserve the pensions files from the War of 1812. Those files generally are initiated by a veteran of the war, but there are many more who deserve to be remembered today: Memorial Day.

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During the War of 1812, 2,600 American’s lost their lives during combat. Another 12,000 died as a result of disease and other causes. Who were these men? What are their stories?

 

Seaman Charles Backster, who was killed on August 14, 1813. He served aboard the Argus, which captured 23 British vessels before it was lost in battle.

Colonel Williiam Pitt Atlee, of the 1st Division, Pennsylvania Militia, who died in 1815.

Michael Angel, a Private in the Dragoons, who died while held at Dartmoor Prison on November 22, 1814.

One resource to utilize for U.S. casualties is the text, “Known Military Dead During the War of 1812″ prepared by Ex Lieut. Clarence Stewart Patterson, M.A. (available on Google Books). For those with Canadian ancestors, you can utilize the War of 1812 Casualty Database as a starting place for your research.

There are so many more stories to share. Today, we strive to remember each and every individual who was lost during the War of 1812; and we invite you to share your story with us. Leave a comment with your Memorial Day tribute here or on our Facebook page, and we shall remember each one together.

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