The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) annual conference "Time Travel: Centuries of Memories, got underway in Springfield, IL on August 31. Yesterday," FGS announced that it had achieved the goal of funding the Preserve the Pensions project that will digitally preserve the War of 1812 pensions held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Over 4,000 individuals, 115 genealogical and lineage societies and one $500,000 anonymous gift fully funded the project with Ancestry.com matching the donations.
According to FGS:
The War of 1812 pensions, among the most frequently requested set of materials within the holdings of NARA, had never been microfilmed or digitized. Now, with fundraising complete for the project, and with ongoing cooperation from the project’s partners and major supporters, NARA, Ancestry, Fold3, and FamilySearch, these important documents will be made available free, forever to the general public. The project, set out to raise more than $3 million in 2010, an unprecedented amount for the genealogical community.