February is Black History Month and Fold3 is making their Black History Collection free this month.
Fold3 is now revealing a side of the Black History story that few have seen before. View photos and documents found nowhere else on the internet. Connect your own history by adding your own stories, photos, and documents.
Records cover the following eras:
- The Civil War
- Reconstruction & Jim Crow Laws
- World Wars
- Civil Rights Movement
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The documents in this collection include full pension application files for soldiers and sailors who served in the War of 1812, as well as for their widows and children, or other heirs. The first applications were filed by servicemen who were disabled as a result of their service, or by widows who lost a husband in the war.
The descriptive pamphlet for the Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files, M313, published by NARA, provides a great deal of background and explanatory information about the pension files and the acts that provided for them.
So far 65% of this collection has been indexed. The War of 1812 Pension Files at Fold3 is currently accessible at no charge.