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Press Release: Conservation and Digitization Update

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) published this press release earlier today.

August 1, 2017



Austin, Texas  – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce National Archives staff have recently resumed document conservation of the War of 1812 Pension files covering surnames M(Moore)-Q. Document conservation is the essential first step in digitizing these files. Our digitization partner, Ancestry.com, has scheduled image capture of these newly conserved documents to begin the second week of September 2017. As capture resumes, new images will be added to Fold3.com on a rolling basis. The Federation and the dedicated volunteers of the Preserve the Pensions project have worked tirelessly for well over a year to negotiate a resolution to the work stoppage. This portion of the project plan is expected to be completed by third quarter 2018.

The War of 1812 pensions are among the most frequently requested set of materials within the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), yet had never been microfilmed or digitized. Through a fundraising effort unprecedented in the genealogical community, more than 4,000 individuals, 115 genealogical and lineage societies, and industry leaders such as FamilySearch helped FGS secure the funds, matched by Ancestry.com, to preserve and share this invaluable genealogical resource. The images already captured, as well as those soon to be, are hosted at Fold3.com for free, forever.

“We are grateful to our partners Ancestry.com and NARA for their support and willingness to continue working with us towards this successful outcome. We appreciate their recognition of the unique nature of this project and the community who worked so hard to fund it.” – Rorey Cathcart, FGS President

The Federation is committed to seeing the entire collection conserved, digitized and freely online at the earliest possible date. We will continue work with our partners to secure a timeline for the remaining portion of the War of 1812 Pension files.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents genealogical, historical, and lineage organizations throughout the United States. The Federation empowers the genealogical community through its annual conference, publications (including FGS FORUM) and projects. The Federation was the driving force behind the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors project alongside the National Parks Service and since 2010 has been actively involved in Preserve the Pensions, an effort to raise more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.





Federation of Genealogical Societies


PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
phone: +1 (888) 347-1500



February’s Fundraising

We’re looking forward to an incredibly successful 2016 for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions fundraising campaign, and we wanted to share with you where those donations are coming from!

We have two maps to share – the first represents those states from which we received individual contributions. The second will show states from which we received donations through a society program or match campaign.


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Contributions from individual donors, February 2016.


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Contributions from Societies, February, 2016.

Take a moment to compare to January – you can see we had a significant increase in donations from across the country. Want to see the maps side-by-side? Check out our image gallery on Facebook.

Don’t see your state represented? Don’t wait – set up your automatic monthly donation today, and help us digitally preserve the War of 1812 pension files forever – and make them freely available to all! Can we obtain a donation from every state in the Union by year’s end? We would love to see a rainbow of color across the nation!


Where do we stand now?

We are at that point in the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions campaign. That point where things start to drag, where it seems like we’ve been asking for your support for forever.

So we wanted to give you an idea of where we stand. How much we have raised so far, and how much we have to go. Certainly this effort is not over, but we have much to celebrate! As a community, we have done great things to preserve these incredibly important historic documents.

As of September 28, we have raised 57% of the necessary funds to save all of the War of 1812 pension files!

Please share this image with your community – your society, your corporate fundraising program, your friends, associaties and neighbors (oh, yes! Your very own FAN – thanks Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG!). Share with your local school district – as teachers are eager to utilize this material. Share with the area community college and university, share with your public library. The more attention we can get on this program, the easier it will be to achieve.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly via Facebook, Twitter, or email.


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