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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



Video Release: D. Joshua Taylor on Societies

We here at Preserve the Pensions couldn’t be more excited for the release of our promotional videos. Featuring D. Joshua Taylor, David Rencher and Curt Witcher, each video offers a unique take on the importance of digitizing the War of 1812 Pension Application files.

It is our fondest hope that you all will share these videos not just on your social streams, but at your gatherings as well. Organizations of all types – be they genealogical, historical, military or educational – can help us spread the word, raise funds and complete this grand task. Sharing the important message of our mission; to save these precious original documents, is made easier with the power of video, and your participation matters.

The National Archives reports that these pension files are some of the most requested by researchers, which means that they are handled often. Raising the funds to digitize the pension files means that these will no longer have to be pulled from shelves; and the original documents will ultimately last longer and be preserved in a way that can be shared for generations to come.

This week: Josh Taylor, President of Federation of Genealogical Societies, explains how societies of all stripes can help this community project meet it’s goal to preserve this amazing record collection for generations to come.

Each Wednesday in October we will share with you here one of four videos available for use at your events. But if you just cannot wait to see them all, you’ll find them at our new YouTube Channel:

War of 1812 Preserve the Pension

Consider subscribing if you visit. We’ll be adding additional video content on our activities at conferences, War of 1812 events and Google Hangouts On Air.

Thanks for watching. We can’t wait to hear what you think. But more importantly, we can’t wait to hear where you plan to share these videos.

PS – Have your own War of 1812 related YouTube Channel? Let us know in the comments section so we can subscribe to your channel as well.

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

preservation week 2013

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 http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/.