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 imagesless than 1 percent of the estimated 7.2 million documentsare now available, and Footnote will add new records as theyre digitized.
The War of 1812 Pension Application Files can tell you
- The veterans name, age, rank, and service information and dates
- His widows name and maiden name (if she applied for the pension)
- Soldiers marriage date
- Widows 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)
- Applicants place of residence
- Additional names, including those of the soldiers surviving dependents
Youll find a guide to researching the War of 1812 and other lesser-known US conflicts in the December 2010 Family Tree Magazine.