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 in the UK, 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 also many records in The National Archives. Audrey Collins looks 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 she has been interested in genealogy for over 25 years. She speaks 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.