The War of 1812 features prominently in the history of the United States, especially in this bi-centenary year. But it is much less well-known here, overshadowed by events closer to home. In the US, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Archives and Records Administration are collaborating in a major project to digitise pension files from the war, but every conflict has two sides, and there are many records here in The National Archives. This talk will look at some of them; the men who took part in the conflict, including many prisoners on both sides, and a wealth of background material.
Audrey Collins is a Family History Specialist at The National Archives, and has been interested in genealogy for more than 25 years. She has spoken at many genealogical events in the UK and overseas, including several major conferences in the United States. As a result she has developed a particular interest in records held in the UK that will be of use to American researchers.