Wednesday, August 18, 2010

#FGS2010 War of 1812 Pension Preservation

Previously Ol' Myrt here reported on the Federation of Genealogical Society's War of 1812 Pension Digitization initiative. Now more info has come forth. Tuesday night the FGS Board approved an enhancement to the existing digital camera provided by FGS for this project. From the FGS website we read:

The Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Archives, and the genealogical community have started a project to digitize the War of 1812 pension files - a fitting beginning to the bicentennial commemoration of this important war. Many know how information-rich military pension files can be, with comrades and family members providing service, family and personal data. Here are three samples:
Jehu Evans of Mississippi
Porter Howe of Vermont

Henry Lightner of Pennsylvania
This initiative seeks to raise $3.7 million. Preserve the Pensions! seeks to raise the bulk of the funds before the bicentennial of the start of the war and finish digitization before the bicentennial of the war's end in 2015. With 7.2 million images in 180,000 files, there is much digitization to do.
A $25 donation will digitize 50 images -- a $500 donation will digitize 1,000 images!

"1812" is a popular topic here at annual FGS Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee this week. FGS Board members are hosting the War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration Reception on Friday, 20 August, 7:00 pm -8:30 pm at the Knoxville Convention Center Ballroom, sponsored by FamilySearch. Everyone is invited! Light refreshments will be served. Grand prize drawing for a week-long trip for two to Salt Lake City — airfare, hotel, food and Family History Library print card included!

New media resources to assist societies in building interest for contributing to this massive digitization effort were distributed on CD to FGS Board members at a meeting last night. As soon as the brochure and PowerPoint slides are available on the FGS website, Ol' Myrt here will link to them.

MAKE 1812 a theme for your genealogy society this year.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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