During the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in San Antonio, last week, there was a special event that helped raise the funds to digitized 362, 206 more pages of the War of 1812 pension files.
Digitize and make them searchable, free, and printable to anyone forever. What a nice phrase.
The FGS 2014 Celebrity Fun Walk was extremely successful. If you hadn’t heard about this, it was a fun event with many donations given on behalf of these four amazing individuals. The power of the four genealogists who woke up before sunset to walk from the convention center to the Alamo was amazing. The power of the community donations was wonderful. With all that was raised on behalf of Judy Russell, Josh Taylor, Kenyatta Berry, and Ed Donakey, plus the matching funds and other items, the total is almost $85,000.
Check out the Preserve the Pensions blog for more details and photos.
The campaign isn’t finished yet. There are many more files to be digitized. About 61,000 pages were digitized last month but that’s only into the H surnames. Urge your fellow genealogists, historians, authors, military experts, and others to contribute. The Illinois and Indiana genealogical societies are once again providing matching funds for donations made through them. Check their society websites for details.
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