15 March 2012

Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors

A new publication from Family Chronicle and Moorehead Magazines

In recognition of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, a major event in the history of North America, Family Chronicle is proud to present Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors!
Family Chronicle author David A. Norris has compiled a wealth of genealogical and historical information that can help you locate your War of 1812 ancestor, as well as add valuable context to their life during this tempestuous time.
The contents, subject to change up to time of printing, are:
Chronology of the War of 1812
An outline of the war, the causes and resolution
War of 1812 US Army Ancestors
A bit of digging might uncover a treasure trove of information on an ancestor in the US army
Canadian Records of the War of 1812
New resources make locating Canadian soldiers simpler
British Records of the War of 1812
Tips on locating ancestors who served in the British forces
Census Records and the War Years
Despite their limitations, early 19th-century census records can fill in details of an ancestor’s life
Bounty Land Warrants
Land bounty records are a valuable source of information on veterans and their heirs
Newspapers During the War Years
Newspapers of the War of 1812 era are a valuable genealogical and historical resource
Finding the Fallen: Cemetery Records
A number of resources are available that can help you locate burial sites
Privateer and Naval Pensions
Pension records can reveal a wealth of information on a maritime ancestor
Prize Money: The Spoils of War
Prize money could more than double a sailor’s pay
Marines Resources and Records
Although US Marines were a small force in 1812, a number of resources exist for them
Mapping the War of 1812
Historic maps help bring the War of 1812 era to life
Military Ranks and Pay
Along with their regular pay, some soldiers and sailors received bonuses, and allowances
Last Survivors of the War of 1812
As a rule of thumb, the last survivor of a war will live roughly 90 years after the war
Shipping is free with pre-publication ordering, by midnight Monday, March 19, 2012 Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors will be available on May 1, 2012!

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