The fourth and final video release for the month of October brings us D. Joshua Taylor, speaking on how you can contribute to this incredible effort. The new Preserve the Pensions promotional videos, featuring David Rencher, Curt Witcher, and D. Joshua Taylor, offer a unique take on the importance of digitizing the War of 1812 Pension Application Files.
D. Joshua Taylor is the President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Director of Family History for Findmypast, and is featured on the PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow, as well as having been seen on other television programs.
“The war brought along a lot of heartache for our soldiers, the pensions reveal their live’s, reveal their children.” – D. Joshua Taylor
No matter your role in this preservation effort, we especially want you to recognize that every dollar makes a difference. Matching campaigns turn one dollar into two or more; corporate funding can make a significant impact on the overall goal of raising $3 million dollars. “Your dollar could digitize the name of your ancestor, or someone else’s ancestor and tell that story.” Celebrate and honor this great generation of American’s with us.
Please consider a donation today. Work with your community, your company, and other resources you may have to make them aware of our efforts to preserve history. Encourage your corporation to include Preserve the Pensions in their annual giving program. Together, we can all ensure that these records are preserved forever, so that all future generations have access to this time and place in history.
The Power of Video
The pensions are a powerful tool in the genealogist’s and historian’s toolbox. Video is an equally powerful tool in the communications toolbox. It allows us to distill a topic we could spend hours talking about down to its essential elements within a compelling narrative. These videos offer us the opportunity to convey our cause to people who may never have heard of the project in a way sure to get, and hold, their attention.
We hope you enjoy the videos yourself and will help us share them far and wide. So we may achieve our goal of preserving this incredible collection and providing you free now, free forever, these historical documents. You can see all of four at our YouTube Channel:
Consider subscribing if you visit us. We’ll be adding additional video content on our activities at conferences, War of 1812 events and Google Hangouts on Air.