On Sunday I wrote, "This should be a very interesting week for anyone who uses online genealogy resources!" Indeed, the announcement from FamilySearch yesterday is a blockbuster.
Now Footnote.com, the sponsor of this newsletter, has added another major announcement: for the first time, three million U.S. Revolutionary War Pension files will be available online in their entirety through a partnership with FamilySearch. This is only the first of several such collaborative efforts expected in the future between Footnote.com and FamilySearch.
Here is the announcement by Footnote.com:
Lindon, Utah - May 15, 2007 -Today, Footnote.com announced an agreement with FamilySearch, historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch is the world's largest repository of genealogical information.
This new partnership brings together two organizations that will utilize their combined resources to digitize and make available many large historical collections. The first project will be the three million U.S. Revolutionary War Pension files, which will be published for the first time online in their entirety.
"The Revolutionary War Pensions will provide an intimate look into the historical events and individuals that shaped our country's history," said Russell Wilding, CEO of Footnote.com. "We are excited about this relationship, which enables us to put many more historical collections online."
The Revolutionary War Pension Files feature original records that include muster rolls, payrolls, strength returns and other miscellaneous personnel pay and supply records of American Army Units from 1775-1783. They provide a wealth of new information for historians and genealogists which they can share with other colleagues and family members.
"We are excited to partner with Footnote.com to provide historians and genealogists alike a tremendous source of data that will assist greatly in putting puzzle pieces together to create a rich family history," said Paul Nauta, manager of Public Affairs for FamilySearch. "This affiliation allows us to better meet one of our goals to provide as much data online as fast as possible for those working on their genealogy."
Also, as a part of this agreement, Footnote.com will be accessible for free in all FamilySearch operated centers worldwide. FamilySearch has more than 4,500 Family History Centers in 70 countries.
Since partnering with the National Archives in January 2007, Footnote.com has digitized over eight million historical records. Each month an additional two million documents are digitized and added to the site. Footnote.com estimates that by the end of 2007 it will have made over 25 million digitized documents available on its web site.
To see free examples of the Revolutionary War Pension Files, go to www.footnote.com/revolutionary-war.php.