Mr. Myrt and I get ready for the 2011 FGS (Federation of Genealogical Society) annual conference in Springfield, Illinois this September, we received this notice from Tina Lyons, Vice President of the Indiana Genealogical Society.
Hope all is well. I just wanted to share one of the great initiatives that the Indiana Genealogical Society is getting ready to wrap up.
The clock is ticking to participate in the Indiana Genealogical Society's $10,000 Match Challenge. IGS is matching all donations to the Federation of Genealogical Societies' "Preserve the Pensions" campaign. FGS is raising money to digitize the War of 1812 pension files. So far over 18,000 images are now accessible for free on Footnote.com. The Indiana Genealogical Society is matching donations up to $10,000 that come through their site until August 31, 2011. Ancestry.com recently announced that they will also match all donations. This means that any donations that are made through IGS are quadrupled! If you donate $5 to the pension project through IGS, your donation will become $20. If you donate $25, your donation will become $100.
Currently IGS has raised over $6,700 from individuals and societies. With the IGS and Ancestry donation matches, over $26,000 has been raised for the "Preseve the Pensions" fund. IGS will be presenting a check of all the donations to FGS at the FGS conference in Springfield, Illinois in September. You can find out more about the IGS $10,000 Match Challenge at http://www.indgensoc.org/projects/1812_pensions.php.
Both Mr. Myrt and I were pleased to see that when one registers for the FGS COnference, one can donate to the FGS Preserve the Pensions. However, to have IGS donate funds to make your donation go farther, you MUST make your donation through the IGS not the FGS website. This is a very generous offer.
Anytime we can make our dollars go farther, I'm in!
Happy family tree climbing!
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