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Preserving the Pensions on Webinar Wednesday

You didn’t miss it, did you?


Today was our debut on the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series, and we were incredibly proud to have Rebecca Koford, CG, present on “The War of 1812 Records – Preserving the Pensions.”

If you did miss it, not to worry! You can watch the recording on for free! The session was described as…

War of 1812 - Battle of New Orleans“The War of 1812 records contain more than just the Name, Rank, and Serial Number (minimum information required to give in the event of capture) of the veteran. This webinar will focus on the various documents that might be found in the Pension records of the War of 1812 veterans, how they might be used to overcome brick walls in genealogical research, and about the Preserve the Pensions project (”

But that’s not all!

In honor of our first appearance on the Webinar Wednesday, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has pledged to match every donation in the next 24 hours towards the digital preservation of the War of 1812 Pension files! This is in addition to the automatic match provided by!

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So your $40 donation becomes $160! Just like that! And can save crucially important historical documents, just like this one.

Let’s move that needle together in the next 24 hours! Get your donation in by 3pm Eastern tomorrow – March 3, 2016 – to take advantage of this generous offer!

Donate now! 



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!


Celebrations and Challenges

2015 has been a big year for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions campaign. We’re excited about the progress we have made so far, and we hope you are too! In February, while at the FGS & Rootstech 2015 Annual Conference, we announced that we reached the 50% mark in our fundraising efforts to digitally preserve the pension files from the War of 1812.

We wanted to be sure that everyone had a chance to see this incredible moment play out; it’s something that we as a community should be very proud of. Which is why we wanted to share the video with you; so that all of us could take a moment to soak in what this truly means. 50%. Half way there.

What do you say we finish this in 2015?

We have issued a challenge to every genealogical society in the nation. Mike Hall has issued a personal challenge to himself, and to faithful readers of The Legal Genealogist. Take on one — or both! Let’s get this done.