Tuesday, August 19, 2014

IGS Issues Match Challenge for War of 1812 Pensions

In honor of 1816 (the year of Indiana statehood), the Indiana Genealogical Society is seeking a total of $1,816 in donations to help the Federation of Genealogical Societies in its project to digitize the pension files of War of 1812 veterans. If donations total $1,816, IGS will match that with another $2,016 (in honor of Indiana's upcoming bicentennial). And because of the matching programs from other organizations, that $3,832 total will grow to so much more:

--The Illinois State Genealogical Society will donate $3,832, for a total of $7,664
--The Federation of Genealogical Societies will donate $7,664, for a total of $15,328
--Ancestry.com will donate $15,328, for a total of $30,656

Even a $5 donation is enough to digitize 10 pages!

The digitizing of the War of 1812 pension files is about 20% complete - there are already 188 files of Indiana veterans online, representing those whose surnames begin with the letters A through H. Because pension applications required proof of certain events, the pension files are often filled with original family documents, including Bible records.

Donate online through the IGS website, or mail your check (please indicate "War of 1812 donation" in the memo line) to:

Indiana Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10507
Fort Wayne, IN 46852-0507

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