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A Special Message for Society Leadership

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FGS President, D. Joshua Taylor

We are happy to share this very special message to genealogical and historical society presidents around the country, from FGS President, D. Joshua Taylor.




Dear Fellow Presidents,

What exciting times to be involved in a genealogical and historical organization! Thank you for volunteering your time, energy, and passion to your local society. As we each continue to reach out to those interested in family history, we have unique opportunities available to us as leaders. One such opportunity comes with the advancement of technology and the increased access to historical documents and collections – access on levels never before seen.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) effort to Preserve the Pensions continues to be at the forefront of that movement. When completed, the Preserve the Pensions will provide free access to more than 7.2 million pages for the War of 1812 records; a crucial historical collection for researcher’s throughout academia.

In February 2015, FGS announced that, with the help of the entire community and our friends at Ancestry.com, Preserve the Pensions had reached the half-way point. More than $1.6 million has been raised and millions of images are already accessible for free at Fold3.com.

In January of 2016, we were again thrilled to announce that we accomplished the $2 million mark! An incredible milestone.

But, our work is not yet done…

Therefore, I am announcing the Preserve the Pensions Leadership Challenge to fellow presidents among the genealogical community.

Now is the time to get involved.

  • Join me in giving a donation to the project, through a monthly recurring donation of $18.12 for the next twelve months.

You are also invited to join the challenge with a one-time donation of any amount.
Donations can be made online!

  • Invite members of your board and committees to join you in the challenge through a monthly or one-time donation to the project.
  • Create a society matching campaign to mobilize your membership for this terrific cause. FGS is happy to assist in setting up a society matching program, and will currently match all donations dollar for dollar. Contact 1812@fgs.org for further details.

If each leader of an FGS member organization donates $18.12 per month for the next year, we would contribute nearly $110,000 to the project. But that is just the beginning of our collective contribution! When matched by Ancestry.com, the total would be nearly $220,000 and bring more than 485,000 pages online!

There has never been a better time to become involved in this important project. Your participation in the Preserve the Pensions Leadership Challenge is deeply appreciated.

Best wishes,




Watch Josh’s video – a message to all societies – about how groups like yours can contribute to this incredible effort. Please feel free to share this with your organization or your friends – and view even more on our YouTube channel.


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!


10 Ways to Help PTP Today

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The team at Preserve the Pensions (PTP) is always looking for ways to reach our community. We thought we’d make it easy this week, and give you ten very easy things you can do to help us reach our goal to digitally preserve the War of 1812 Pension files.

1. Share our blog posts on social media! Use hashtag #Warof1812 to let your friends know about our efforts. You can tag us on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest.

2. Set up a monthly donation. It’s super easy! And for the price of a pizza, a latte, or a new pack of Sharpie’s, you can make a big contribution by the end of the year!

3. Add a widget to your blog or website, and link it back to our homepage: www.preservethepensions.org.

4. Research your War of 1812 ancestor using these amazing documents found on Fold3.com for FREE and then write their story! No blog? We’ll publish the story for you right here on Preserve the Pensions blog.

5. Take PTP flyers to your local society meeting, library, museum, corporate donor program, or other venue. You can order them for free and we’ll mail them to you!

6. Ask your company to contribute! Corporate donations make a huge impact when matched by Ancestry.com!

7. Create a way for your society do host a matching campaign or fundraiser. Can your society raise $500 this year toward’s the cause?

8. Volunteer! PTP is in need of folks to help with numerous tasks! We have space for you on our marketing team, major donors committee, publications team, social media, society campaigns and more! If you have an interest, please contact us to learn more.

9. Share one or all of our four videos on the project. Share them on your social media, website, blog, at your society, with your mayor and the local dog walker! Share them with everyone!

10. Donate! Every little bit helps, so donate today!

Remember, every $45 donation can save 200 pages of these records with a matching grant from Ancestry.com. What can you contribute today?