Thursday, February 12, 2015

IGS Wins Distinguished Service Award for Preserving the Pensions

The Indiana Genealogical Society is proud to have received the Distinguished Service Award from the Federation of Genealogical Societies at the FGS conference on 11 February 2015. The award was given "in recognition of exemplary and outstanding fundraising for Preserve the Pensions Project."

IGS has helped raise more than $64,000 to help digitize War of 1812 pension files, with the help of matching donations. 

Preserve the Pensions is a national effort to raise funds to digitize and preserve the War of 1812 pension files held by the National Archives and Records Administration. These files have never even been microfilmed. Heavy use over the years has taken a toll on these documents. Digitization will allow the paper to stay safe, as researchers will use the digital copies.

The efforts of Preserve the Pensions is already evident. Many of the files are already online -- for FREE -- at Fold3.

You can learn more about the project and make a donation at

While IGS was the recipient of the award, the thanks and congratulations really belong with those who donated to this very worthwhile cause. We thank you sincerely for help.

FGS President D. Joshua Taylor and IGS Recording Secretary Dawne Slater. Photo by Fred Moss.


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