Imagine the paperwork that your ancestor had to submit in order to receive a War of 1812 pension. That paperwork is filled with all sorts of information ? things like names, dates, relationships, residences, and military service. Now imagine all of that valuable paperwork deteriorating, without being digitized. That's what has been happening with the War of 1812 pension files. The Preserve the Pensions project is working to change that. Not only is Preserve the Pensions working to digitize the 7.2 million pages of War of 1812 pension files, but is also making them available ? for free! ? on Fold3. Yes, you read that right. These valuable records are being made available for free to everyone. Last week at the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference, I caught up with Rorey Cathcart, who is on the Preserve the Pensions committee. Rorey shared with us some background about the project, an event that raised more than $80,000, and how you can help. (Spoiler alert!) All donations are matched by Ancestry.com. A $45 donation will digitize 200 images! You can make your donation go even farther by donating through the Indiana Genealogical Society or the Illinois State Genealogical Society, both of which are having matching grants of their own, which is then matched again by Ancestry.