The home page for Fold3.com is:
The FREE collections include:
* Letters Received by the Adjutant General, 1805-1821 (99% complete)
* War of 1812 Pension Files (3% complete, all states, A and B names only)
* War of 1812 Prize Cases, Southern District Court, New York (100% complete)
* War of 1812 Service Records (Lake Erie and Mississippi only)
The information page for the War of 1812 Collection provides much more information:
Here is the Browse screen for the War of 1812 Pension Files. I chose Connecticut, and the B surname list:
Scrolling down the B name list, I chose Beach and saw four pension files for this surname in Connecticut. I highlighted Samuel Beach and could see the page image thumbnails available:
Clicking on one of the images, it opened in the Fold3 image window:
This particular record lists the file numbers, soldier's name, service, spouse's name, residences, death dates for both, bounty land warrant numbers, and remarks about the soldier's service. There are 68 pages in this particular War of 1812 Pension File. I hope that this is one that is for my colleague's Beach ancestors!
The War of 1812 Pension Files is a joint project between the National Archives and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). At this date, it is only 3% imaged and indexed.
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