Thursday, March 20, 2008

Revolutionary War Patriot Soldiers


Revolutionary War Patriot Soldiers

If you have an ancestor that was a Revolutionary War Patriot there is a good chance that you will now be able to find out information on him from original source documents.

For many years if you thought your ancestor might have been a Revolutionary War Patriot then you used to have to first find out from an index if his Revolutionary War Military Service Record or his Revolutionary War Pension File might exist at the National Archives. Then you had to fill out a form and send in a $40 fee for each file and pray that you would get lucky and be able to obtain a photocopy of some of the important papers from either file.

Now with the modern age of computers and the Internet, you can find that information out almost immediately, and you can even see extremely high quality digital scans of the original source documents. Thanks to a company named Footnote you may do a free search to see if records exist, and then for a small annual fee you may even download each and every piece of paper from the Revolutionary War Pension File, or of various types of Revolutionary War Service Records.

Footnote has a contract with the National Archives (NARA) to provide these digitized records online, and you can instantly see if the files are the ones you want rather than sending in the $40 fee and perhaps obtaining photocopies of the wrong file.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Federation of Genealogical Societies Convention in Philadelphia 2008

The website and program is now up describing the Convention in Philadelphia September 3-6, 2008. The FGS Conference this year is titled "Footprints of Family History."

The programs are filled with delicious subjects and will be presented by an enormously capable list of specialists.
Make your reservations early and I hope to see you there.

Read all about it at:

Monday, March 10, 2008

The National Archives and The Generations Network to Enter into a Contract to Digitize Documents

The National Archives (NARA) is asking for your input regarding the letting of a contract between NARA and The Generations Network (TGN) the parent company of Ancestry.

NARA wants to make a non-exclusive agreement that would allow TGN to digitize certain parts of the holdings at NARA.

There is an existing similar contract with the footnote company that is already in place and footnote has been doing a fabulous job of bringing digitized microfilm online. It has been a real pleasure to read all of the actual pieces of paper that are in an ancestor's "complete" Revolutionary War Pension file.

Another great collection that is already available is the digitized index file cards of the Civil War Pensioners and their widows.

The National Archives is asking for feedback on this proposed arrangement.

Thanks to Dick Eastman for letting us know about this.

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