The Florida State Genealogical Society is happy to announce that we met our matching grant of $2000 in less than two months.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!
Ancestry.com has generously agreed to match 1-for-1 each the dollars raised for this project. So a contribution of $25 is actually $50 going toward the project--and 100 images are able to be scanned instead of fifty. With the Ancestry match, the total amount of money needing to be raised drops to $1.85 million. It’s still a considerable amount that will take a significant collaborative effort.
The main GOAL of this campaign is to raise $3.7 million needed to digitize all pension applications from the War of 1812. If you have not seen the application files, you can review them FREE at the FOLD3 website: http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/
. They will always be free for everyone to view.
There are over 180,000 pensions and 7.2 million pages
The pages are being digitized as the funds become available.
All names will be searchable. If you are trying to find a link from one family to another, they may show up in the pension application on an affidavit stating their relationship.
War of 1812 is known for giving us the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Over 300,000 people took part in the War of 1812.
Currently only 4% of the records have been digitized or 311,037 pages.
To make a tax-deductible contribution:
You may use a credit card through the FSGS PayPal Account (you do not have to have a PayPal account; when you arrive at the PayPal login page, look on the left for DO NOT HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT, CONTINUE):
Or mail a check, made payable to FSGS (put War of 1812 on the memo line) to
Pat Rand, Treasurer
1038 Cottageville Lane
The Villages, Florida 32162