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Historical records subscription site Footnote.com has published
its first War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications in a free database.
Footnote.com is digitizing millions of War of 1812 records and making them available
free as part of a project with the Federation of Genealogical
Societies (which in is in the process of raising $3.7 million dollars for the project)
and the National Archives.
The first 1,400 record images—less than 1 percent of the estimated 7.2 million documents—are
now available, and Footnote will add new records as they’re digitized.
The War of 1812 Pension Application Files can tell you
- The veteran’s name, age, rank, and service information and dates
- His widow’s name and maiden name (if she applied for the pension)
- Soldier’s marriage date
- Widow’s death date
Acres of land granted as a reward for service and the year of the Bureau of Land Management
act under which the land was granted, and the warrant number (these details can help
you find a bounty land warrant)
- Applicant’s place of residence
- Additional names, including those of the soldier’s surviving dependents
You’ll find a guide to researching the War of 1812 and other “lesser-known” US conflicts
in the December
2010 Family Tree Magazine.