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Join Preserve the Pensions for Preservation Week April 21-27, 2013

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The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services created Preservation Week in 2010 due to an estimated 630 Million items in institutions that require immediate attention and care. Approximately 80 percent of these institutions have no paid staff that is assigned to collections care. Preservation Week aims to raise public awareness of institutions that provide preservation services and information and to highlight what we can do as a community and individually, to preserve our personal, family and other shared collections. Preservation Week is used to inspire and illustrate how to preserve personal, family and other shared collections.

Preservation Week 2013

What does preservation mean??
Preservation is a term used to describe all activity that is used to prolong the life of records by minimizing the deterioration of records and preventing the loss of content.

Why is preservation important?
According to @ Your Library there are an estimated 4.8 billion records that are held by more than 30,000 institutions in the United States alone. Of these 4.8 billion records in public trust over half are not protected with an emergency action plan for natural or manmade disasters, another 1.3 billion of these records are at risk of being lost forever due to deterioration. They estimate that there are trillions of more items held by the general public that are at risk as well!

How can I get involved?
You can attend a Preservation Week Event at one of your local institutions. You can plan ahead to ensure that your families collection will be treasured by future generations by preserving your Family Treasures. You can ensure that your Digital Materials, such as digital photographs, audio, video, E-Mail, personal digital records and websites are archived.

Preservation Target: War of 1812 Pension Files

You can help support preservation efforts at FGS by making a donation to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions. The National Archives states that the War of 1812 pension files are some of their most requested materials. With a high level of use, these valuable records, that are available in no other format, are in grave danger! We must act now in order to preserve these files before they are lost forever. We urge you to DONATE today, even if it is small, to help us Preserve the Pensions and celebrate Preservation Week.

Share your personal Preservation Week activities with us on Facebook, Google+ or on Twitter using #Warof1812 #PTP or @1812Pensions.

The digitized images of War of 1812 Pensions that have already been captured are available for FREE online and will always be FREE. You may view these images at

Win a One-of-a-Kind War of 1812 Commemorative Quilt!

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Genea-Quilters, founded by Pat Richley-Erickson, Gena Philibert-Ortega and Tami Osmer-Glatz, have created a one of a kind War of 1812 commemorative quilt in support of the Preserve the Pensions project. In order to maintain the old timey feel, the quilt was pieced together using patterns of the time period of 1812-1900, when most of the War of 1812 pensioners’ wives and mothers would have been making quilts.

Genea-Quilters have kindly donated this unique quilt to be given away as the grand prize in our drawing. For every $ 1 donated to Preserve the Pensions an entry is made into the drawing. The winner will be announced at the 2013 FGS Conference being held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, August 21-24, 2013.

war of 1812 quilt - preserve the pensionsHere’s How To Win!

The Genea-Quilters have out done themselves as you can see from the pictures of this amazing Bi-Centennial Commemorative Quilt! This Carpenter’s Star quilt was created by over a dozen Genea-Quilters to support the fundraising efforts to Preserve the Pensions for the soldiers of the War of 1812. Yes, you have the opportunity to own this quilt – here’s how!

Make a donation to the Preserve the Pensions project by visiting . Click on the Donate button and make your donation. Be sure to check the box “Please enter this donation into the War of 1812 Quilt Drawing.” Each dollar donated increases your chances of this quilt being awarded to you.

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If you choose to mail your donation to the FGS Business Office at: P.O. Box 200940, Austin, TX 78720-0940, please make your check payable to “Preserve the Pensions” and note on your check “Quilt Drawing.”

About Preserve the Pensions

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The Federation of Genealogical Societies in conjunction with the National Archives, fold3, and are leading the effort to raise $3.7 million dollars to digitize 180K Pensions and Bounty Land files of the War of 1812, including 7.2 million images and making those images available free online.

Each dollar donated to this project preserves two images of a War of 1812 pension or bounty land application. has generously agreed to match each dollar donated with an equal number of images preserved, so each dollar donated actually preserves four images! Please consider a donation of $25, $45, $100, $250 or $500 today and help preserve a cherished piece of American history!

The digitized images that have already been captured are available for FREE online and will always be free. You may view these free images at

Native Americans in the War of 1812

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[Editor’s Note: Michael Hall, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch, provides us with new perspectives on the War of 1812 and its history.]

With the ongoing online publication of the War of 1812 Pension Records at fold3, critical historical and genealogical information has come to light after almost two centuries of obscurity. As so often happens with the passage of time, history overlooks and/or ignores the actions of individuals or groups of individuals that affect the course of history. One such example, is the role of the Native Americans who served on behalf of the United States during the War of 1812; specifically the Native Americans of upper New York (Oneida and Seneca). There is little written about the contributions that these tribes made to the American cause in 1812.

“Our only reference to Oneida military service in 1812 derives from an individual’s petition to the state (1857) to recover costs of trans­portation and equipment incurred that year. Having served at Sackets Harbor, Oneida Jake Antoine asked to be reimbursed for use of his own equipment (including a rifle) as well as $60 in back pay. His claim was judged correct, and, in 1859, New York awarded him $58.00 to compensate expenses though not, as far as we know, his pay.” 1

However, a very brief examination of the War of 1812 Pension Records has rediscovered not only forgotten history, but also individuals. In one record set alone, the following was found:

  • A detailed description of individual actions during military engagements that involved Units with Oneida tribal members.
  • Additional names of Oneida veterans that were not originally included in the reconstituted Unit rosters and/or lists.
  • Variant spellings of Oneida veteran’s names; who provided testimony in behalf of the veteran seeking a pension.
  • A thorough description of injuries sustained by Oneida veterans in various engagements conducted by a Unit.
  • The plight of Native American veterans after the War of 1812, such as, forced removal from New York to Wisconsin.
  • The extraordinary methods, proofs, and hoops that the Native American veteran had to jump through in order to obtain a pension.

It is believed that approximately 160 Oneidas fought for the United States during the War of 1812. To date only War of 1812 Pension File records for the letters A-C (representing the first letter of the surname of veterans) have been published. Imagine what additional information can be gleaned when the remainder of the records (D-Z), are published! Not only have Native Americans representing the Oneida tribe been found; but additional Native American tribes have also appeared; such as the Seneca (another tribe originally from New York).

Again, a cursory examination of one of the Seneca records indicates similar information found in the Oneida veteran’s record. Perhaps the history of these long forgotten veterans can return to the forefront of mainstream America, and thus gain the much deserved recognition for these long overlooked veterans.

Often with new discoveries, we ask ourselves “How can I help?” To preserve their stories and history, we can contribute to the Preserve the Pensions War of 1812 Project. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is proud to be leading the national fundraising to support this project and is actively seeking donations from genealogical and historical societies, patriotic and military heritage societies, as well as interested corporations and individuals. and fold3 are providing a dollar-for-dollar match of each donation through a provision of services. Help in preserving crucial and exciting historical facts as represented by the recent discoveries of the Native Americans who fought for the United States in the War of 1812.

To learn more and contribute to the Preserve the Pensions project, visit


  1. Wonderley, Anthony. Oneida County (New York) Historical Society: Where Oneida County’s rich history is yours to discover, explore & enjoy. accessed 12 April 2009, “The Oneidas in the War of 1812.”