Preserve 1812 Pensions

Preserve the Pension War of 1812

The Florida State Genealogical Society is happy to announce that we met our matching grant of $2000 in less than two months.

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Ancestry.com has generously agreed to match 1-for-1 each the dollars raised for this project. So a contribution of $25 is actually $50 going toward the project–and 100 images are able to be scanned instead of fifty. With the Ancestry match, the total amount of money needing to be raised drops to $1.85 million. It’s still a considerable amount that will take a significant collaborative effort.

The main GOAL of this campaign is to raise $3.7 million needed to digitize all pension applications from the War of 1812. If you have not seen the application files, you can review them FREE at the FOLD3 website: https://www.fold3.com/title/761/war-of-1812-pension-files. They will always be free for everyone to view.

Some facts:

  • There are over 180,000 pensions and 7.2 million pages
  • The pages are being digitized as the funds become available.
  • All names will be searchable. If you are trying to find a link from one family to another, they may show up in the pension application on an affidavit stating their relationship.
  • War of 1812 is known for giving us the “Star Spangled Banner.”
  • Over 300,000 people took part in the War of 1812.
  • Currently, only 82% of the records have been digitized or 1,305,010 pages.