Wednesday, April 11, 2012

1812 Preserve the Pensions Quilt AWESOMENESS

Thanks to Gena Philibert-Ortega for posting this pic on our Genea-Quilters Facebook page.

Here's another view:

This is simply gorgeous. I am sure that it will make quite a splash at NGS Cincinnati, where the first raffle tickets will be sold to support the FGS-NARA 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project.

"The Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Archives, and the genealogical community have started a project to digitize the War of 1812 pension files—a fitting beginning to the bicentennial commemoration of this important war. These images will be available for free. Contributions to this project have already made these files available.

This initiative seeks to raise $3.7 million. Preserve the Pensions! seeks to raise the bulk of the funds before the bicentennial of the start of the war and finish digitization before the bicentennial of the war's end in 2015. With 7.2 million images in 180,000 files, there is much digitization to do."