Wednesday, May 16, 2007

FamilySearch and Footnote Part 2 - Revolutionary War Pensions Online

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a press release announcing the availability of the Revolutionary War Pensions. Here are some excerpts from the release.

For example, a pension application might contain information on an individual soldier’s rank, unit, date mustered in and mustered out, basic biographical information, medical information and military service assignments.

The pension files also often contain supporting documents such as narratives of events during service, marriage certificates, birth records, death certificates, pages from family Bibles, family letters, depositions of witnesses, affidavits, discharge papers and other supporting papers.

The historic Revolutionary War Pension Records project is the first of many future projects the Church is undertaking to expedite access to historical records. The new Records Access program initiated by FamilySearch will result in a virtual tidal wave of online databases around the world, according to FamilySearch officials.

See the full press release at: Revolutionary War Records Go Online

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