Federation of Genealogical Societies and National Park Service Announce a Partnership for a New Preservation Project

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

FGS Marshals Volunteers to Help National Historic Park Tell the Stories of Over 130,000 U.S.-Mexican War Soldiers

FGS-LogoAugust 8, 2016 – Austin, TX. and Brownsville, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park announce a partnership to develop a searchable database of more than 130,000 soldiers of the U.S.-Mexican War.

The database will allow descendants of U.S. soldiers to connect to their personal history and help Palo Alto commemorate and tell the stories of these soldiers. After the database is developed, unit histories, digitized documents, and information on U.S.-Mexican War soldiers will be added. Efforts will also be made to include names and information about Mexican soldiers in this war.

“FGS is thrilled to partner with the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park for this important preservation project,” said FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “We look forward to working with our member societies and volunteers to provide new access to records for those researching the Mexican War.”

Palo Alto Battlefield is also pleased with the partnership. “National Parks tell the stories of America,” said Superintendent Mark Spier. “Palo Alto Battlefield is excited to have the opportunity to work with the Federation of Genealogical Societies to tell the stories of the thousands of soldiers who served in the U.S.-Mexican War.”

To help bring these soldiers’ stories to life and to be a part of this momentous preservation project, indexing volunteers should contact Project Coordinator Patricia Rand, The Villages, FL, at projects@fgs.org.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Park Service previously partnered together in 1999 for the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System database project where FGS volunteers completed data entry for more than five million names. The efforts of the CWSS project can now be experienced on the NPS Civil War website.

About the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park enjoys the unique distinction in the National Park Service of being the only unit to interpret the U.S.-Mexican War. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

Founded in 1976, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, Illinois, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

2 Comments

It is nice to hear that the Park Service is helping with the search but how about trying to find the information they have on vanishing people in their Parks?

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David Paul Davenport August 9, 2016 at 2:17 pm

I am interested is seeing further information about the 130,000 soldiers (presumably on the American side) who served in the War against Mexico during the 15 months of actual combat. When the war began in April of 1846, the entire US army consisted of only 6,000 officers and men, and although a great number of volunteer regiments were formed, most of these volunteers saw no action and never left the US. So, again, I would like further information about how the powers-that-be have decided that this database should consist of 130,000 names. My guess is that someone has decided that all men who were members of any state militia regiments should be included, but this is not the proper criterion if the goal is to allow people today to research Mexican War soldiers – it dishonors the memory of those who did serve. BTW – total US casualties (KIA, wounded, and disease) during the war was about 17,000) and almost 12,000 of these were from disease.

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