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The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) has pledged to match
donations to the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Preserve the
Pensions campaign up to $10,000.
Preserve the Pensions raises money to help digitize War of 1812 pension records, now
on paper at the National Archives, and make them free to access online. The archives
has more than 180,000 pension files totaling 7.2 million pages.
ISGS will match any contribution made to the Preserve the Pensions project before
Dec. 31, 2012, up to the first $10,000. For instance, if you donate $100, the ISGS
will match it for a total of $200.
In addition, Ancestry.com will also match all ISGS contributions, which means
any contribution you make will be quadrupled: Your $100 contribution would become
a $400 contribution.
A $10 contribution to Preserve the Pensions allows about 80 pages of pension files
to be digitized. A total of $3.7 million is needed to digitize the entire collection.
You can donate via Paypal or by check. See
the ISGS website for details on making a contribution.