Tuesday, December 11, 2012

$40,000 Raised for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project

fireworksBig announcement today from the Illinois Genealogical Society (ISGS).  In less than six months, ISGS received $10,000 in contributions from individuals and organizations, which ISGS then matched, making it $20,000.  Ancestry.com will then match that amount, making it a total of $40,000.  What an amazing job!

If you’d like to contribute to the Preserve the Pensions project, you can do so by visiting http://www.preservethepensions.org.

Below is the full press release from ISGS:

December 11, 2012 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is
proud to announce that it has completed its recently launched $10,000 War of 1812
Pension Match Challenge with strong support from ISGS members as well as the
genealogical community.

On June 18, 2012, the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812, ISGS
announced its $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge. ISGS made a
commitment to match any contribution (up to the first $10,000) made to the Preserve
the Pensions project before December 31, 2012. In addition, Ancestry.com announced
that it would also match all monies donated during the campaign, resulting in all
contributions being quadrupled. A total of $40,000 to be donated to the Preserve the
Pensions project will result in 88,888 additional pages of the War of 1812 Pension and
Bounty Land Warrant Application Files being digitized over the next few months.

The Preserve the Pensions campaign (http://www.preservethepensions.org),
sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (http://www.fgs.org) along
with Ancestry.com, Fold3 and the National Archives, seeks to raise over $3.7 Million
needed to digitize the War of 1812 pension files that are currently stored in the National
Archives and make them freely available online. With over 180,000 Pension files in this
historic record set and over 7.2 million pages, access to these records will benefit not
only genealogists and family historians, but a variety of researchers. In addition, the
digitization project will help preserve and halt further damage to these historical
documents. The files are being digitized as funds become available and many files are
already viewable by visiting http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions.

ISGS President Jane Haldeman notes: “The ISGS board made a strong commitment to
the preservation of the War of 1812 Pension Records when it issued the fundraising
challenge earlier this year. ISGS thanks all who contributed, especially those members
of the genealogy community who are not members of ISGS. Digitizing these records will benefit ALL genealogists and hopefully result in more people locating information about their ancestors.”

About Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the
cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives,
who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit,
nonsectarian, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following

  • To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and
    development of the State of Illinois.
  • To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families,
    and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
  • To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history
    for posterity.
  • To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and
    disseminate information.

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