Thursday, October 9, 2014

Watch Videos Highlighting the Preserve the Pensions (War of 1812) Digitizing Effort

The Preserve the Pensions website has released this statement:


We here at Preserve the Pensions couldn’t be more excited for the release of our promotional videos. Featuring D. Joshua Taylor, David Rencher and Curt Witcher, each video offers a unique take on the importance of digitizing the War of 1812 Pension Application files.

It is our fondest hope that you all will share these videos not just on your social streams, but at your gatherings as well. Organizations of all types – be they genealogical, historical, military or educational – can help us spread the word, raise funds and complete this grand task. Sharing the important message of our mission; to save these precious original documents, is made easier with the power of video, and your participation matters.

The National Archives reports that these pension files are some of the most requested by researchers, which means that they are handled often. Raising the funds to digitize the pension files means that these will no longer have to be pulled from shelves; and the original documents will ultimately last longer and be preserved in a way that can be shared for generations to come.

Josh Taylor, President of Federation of Genealogical Societies, explains how societies of all stripes can help this community project meet it’s goal to preserve this amazing record collection for generations to come.

There are two other videos just released:

David Rencher of provides this video:

Curt Witcher of the Allen County Public Library offers:

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Christine said...

Awesome! I just donated a little bit in honor of two of my 1812 guys, Jesse Sill and Thomas Lynchard.

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Have a wonderful weekend!