Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestors

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Summary Details

Length: 60 minutes

Summary: The War of 1812, often called America’s Second Revolution, left behind a valuable set of records that have proven valuable for genealogical research. Many of these records can help solve the “pre-1850 census” issues when only the head of household was named in the US federal census.

Description: Participants will learn about the War of 1812, the major record sets of benefit to genealogists, how to identify service information such as location and military section of service, and which records are available to access online.

Audience Level: Beginner

Requirements: Projection for laptop/netbook computer on large screen; internet connection – wired or wireless (preferred in order to show live websites and resources).

Content: 4 page handout


  • Overview of The War of 1812
  • Major Record Sets
  • Veteran Identification Strategy
  • War of 1812 Service Records
  • War of 1812 Pension Files
  • Bounty Land Records
  • Census and Other Records
  • Resource List

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