BillionGraves and The Federation of Genealogical Societies Partner to Image Cemetery Markers for War of 1812 Participants

The following announcement was written by BillionGraves and The Federation of Genealogical Societies:

The Federation of Genealogical Societies and cemetery website BillionGraves announced today a joint project to image all of the gravestone markers for participants of the War of 1812. “The images from these markers, coupled with the Federation’s current project to raise the funds to digitize the 7.2 million images of the pensions for those who participated in the War of 1812 are a natural fit,” said D. Joshua Taylor, President of FGS.

Hudson Gunn, President of BillionGraves said, “This July our focus is to see that the nation’s military headstones are documented and preserved for future generations. Headstones from early American history are quickly deteriorating, making it only a matter of time before they are lost forever. We are very pleased to have the Federation lend its help to spread this message for the War of 1812 veterans.” It is estimated that as many as 350,000 men may have served in the war. Although it is impossible to know how many may have cemetery markers, there could be as many as 50,000-80,000 markers for these veterans.

BillionGraves and The Federation of Genealogical Societies are asking anyone with knowledge of a cemetery marker for a War of 1812 veteran to upload the image of the marker to the BillionGraves website (www.billiongraves.com) using their free mobile application during the month of July to honor and remember the service of those who served in the “Second Revolution.”

If you upload an image for a War of 1812 veteran during the month of July or anytime thereafter, please let us know on Facebook or Twitter by using the hashtag #1812today and/or #warof1812 and/or #billiongraves. The Federation will also be posting the progress toward the fundraising goal of $1,812 per day on Facebook and Twitter, so check often and pass the word!

The efforts from these two organizations will provide a very valuable asset for researchers and historians researching 1812 veterans. With the Federation raising awareness of the project to digitize the War of 1812 pension records during the month of July and BillionGraves making the cemetery markers of War of 1812 veterans immediately searchable, it should be an exciting month for all genealogists and historians – everyone wins!

The Federation of Genealogical Societies also launches a major fundraising campaign for the Preserve the Pensions Project to honor the memory of these veterans in the month of July.

  • Effort will include national War of 1812 cemeteries
  • Includes persons with individual markers in local and private cemeteries
  • July is a great month to remember the participants of the “Second Revolution” as well as the American Revolution
  • The Federation seeks to raise an average of $1,812 each day of July!

Those interested in preserving this valuable piece of America’s documented history can make a single contribution or become a monthly contributor of the Preserve the Pensions project. For more information, go to http://www.preservethepensions.org.

8 Comments

Is the limited to only those who fought on the American side of the conflict? The article does not make it clear but the tone of the message seems that way. I have an ancestor who served with the British forces but is he eligible?

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My ancestor was a prisoner of the English and was sent over to Canada to fight for the English side against the Americans. Have a few of records written in German or Latin about him.

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The press release makes it sound like this is a project being carried out within the USA, but I certainly hope they include any gravemarkers that may exist on American soil for the soldiers who fought and died on the British side as well. Time and subsequent events have healed the relationship between our countries and, over the centuries, our peoples have been allies for much longer than they were ever enemies.

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    Why would it be limited to cemeteries on American soil? Billion Graves states that their “goal is to preserve precious records found in cemeteries throughout the world”. There would be a number of graves, of both Americans and British, on Canadian soil, and probably some in Britain as well.

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    Mike — I’m hoping the two USA based groups running the project are looking at the big picture, the same way you are, but can’t be sure because of the way they chose to word their press release. The PR was issued conjunction with the celebration of Independence Day in the USA. It mentions “national” cemeteries and “pension records” and refers to the War of 1812 as the “Second Revolution.” These terms all have specific resonance in the USA. We won our independence in the American Revolution, but in 1812 it seemed to us that England still hadn’t gotten the message that we really weren’t ever coming back. That’s why the War of 1812 became known in the USA as the “Second War of Independence” or the “Second Revolution.” For Canada, on the other hand, a major point of the War of 1812 was getting their neighbors to the south to understand that Canadians were determined to remain a part of the British Empire and were not ever going to join the USA. As far as the English, the French, and everyone else in Europe were concerned, the fighting that went on in North American between 1812 and 1814 was just part of the “Napoleonic Wars.”

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I have the photo of my 3G-Grandfather’s War of 1812 gravestone and transcription on my computer, so I thought I would upload it BillionGrave like I do on FindAGrave.com. Nope. Seems like I have to have the BillionGrave App, travel half way across the country, reshoot the picture and then submit the BillionGrave way. Forget it!

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    I, too, have a photo on my PC of my ancestor’s grave marker. If I can’t upload it from my PC that’s the end of that.

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I found a War of 1812 marker in a cemetery in Bremen, OH last week. I have a photo of it.

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