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LINEAGE SOCIETIES OF SELECTED MIDWEST STATES
A lineage society is an organization whose members have shown proof of their descent from a qualifying ancestor such as a colonist or soldier. There are hundreds of such organizations in the United States. This collection represents only those active in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Contact information for each organization is limited to a website, since officers, addresses and telephone numbers change frequently.
War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land
Warrant Application Files
Among the most requested documents at The National Archives (NARA) are the War of 1812 pension applicaiton files. There are approximately 180,000 pension and bounty land warrant application files relating to claims based on service between 1812 and 1815. These files generally contain documentation submitted in support of a claim, such as the original application form, affidavits, and statements from witnesses.
These files are fragile and in need of digitization. The War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project was established and in support of digitizing 7.2 million pages, Ancestry.com has provided a dollar for dollar matching grant. For more information on how you can make a tax-deductible gift visit Preserve the Pensions website by clicking here.
As these documents are digitized they are being made available FREE on NARA's website. As of 17 March 2013, 8% of the digitization has been completed - that's 556,064 documents.
The following information will be captured with the images and available to researchers when it exists in the file:
.. Veteran's name
.. Widow name
.. Acres Granted
.. Widow’s maiden name
.. Year of BLM act
.. Place of residence
.. Widow death date
.. Warrant number
.. Soldier death date
.. Additional names
To search these pension files on the fold3 website, please click here. Remember, new images are being uploaded each day. Check back often to see if you can identify records for your ancestors.
Contributing to Find-A-Grave information about a cremation.
Contributors to Find-A-Grave who want to create a memorial page for an ancestor or loved one who was cremated here's the steps you should follow:
For those who were cremated, lost or buried at sea, and donated to medical science, use the Family and Friends form.
If there is a known cenotaph (A cenotaph is an "empty tomb" or a monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. It can also be the initial tomb for a person who has since been interred elsewhere.) or memorial marker for one of these alternative dispositions located in a cemetery, add the memorial to the cemetery and add a note to the memorial indicating that it is a cenotaph and what, if known, happened to the individual's remains.
If there is an existing cenotaph within a cemetery for someone who had a alternative disposition, do NOT add another memorial under the alternative disposition (such as Burial: Unknown, Lost at Sea).
Roadside accident memorials are not an accepted burial disposition.
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What is an ambrotype photograph?
An ambrotype is a photograph created on a sheet of glass with a silver solution and exposing it to an image. This is called a wet plate process. They were first used in the United States in the early 1850s and grew in popularity during the Civil War. The ambrotype was only in popular production for about ten years. So, if this is part of your genealogy puzzle, you can be sure it was produced between 1855 and about 1865.
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Genealogy is the study of your family’s history, which is a personal record of your ancestors. Through your research you learn about when and where they were born, who they married, who their children were, where they lived and worked, and how
you fit in your overall family tree.
Learning about your family history usually starts at home by talking with family
members and recording information about your ancestors. You may have useful
sources at home such as birth certificates, obituaries, wedding announcements,
a family Bible, etc. Read these documents carefully – you may find some information
about that ancestor or relative that you didn’t know before. These documents may
also prove or disprove some of those family stories you grew up with.
You may find that others in your family or extended family have already done
genealogy research on your family. Don't hesitate to ask close or distant relatives
if they have already started researching your family.