Published date: 24 August 2012

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.

Author: Audrey Collins Duration: 52:49

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  1. 26 August 2012
    3:57 pm

    Barbara Dawes

    Wonderful talk, clear and easily understood and so very enlightening.

  2. 12 December 2012
    8:35 am


    For the most part, I’m skeptical, too. While I think that the LC/Flickr Commons model (and sliamir) is interesting, my feeling is that for every person that contributed usable information there must have been a much larger number of people that just clicked through. If the click-through people had information pertaining to the images, they decided not to share that information in a medium that is fairly conducive to sharing.I wonder what the click-through vs. participant level is with the Polar Bear Expedition project at Michigan because the project is at the center of an engaged community of users, I would expect that they have a reasonably high participation rate. My sense is that the community aspect might help with the participation, though that may not be true.I think that in general, I wouldn’t expect passionate users (amateurs or otherwise) to contribute much if it required them to travel or otherwise inconvenience themselves. Geneaologists notwithstanding, my guess is that digitized collections have at least more of a fair shake at user input, but only if the platform makes it easy to engage with the collection in a way that invites comments. I have my doubts that users would spend much time adding information if some sort of community was not already formed around the collection.

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