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.
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/