Monday, May 21, 2007

Footnote.Com Teams with FamilySearch to Release Revolutionary War Pension Files

Last Tuesday, I posted a press release from about its partnership with Today I received the following press release from Footnote. It covers the same information, but from their perspective:

-Revolutionary War Pension Files Will Be Available For Free at All Family History Centers Worldwide-

Lindon, Utah – May 15, 2007 –Today, announced an agreement with FamilySearch, historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch is the world’s largest repository of genealogical information.

This new partnership brings together two organizations that will utilize their combined resources to digitize and make available many large historical collections. The first project will be the three million U.S. Revolutionary War Pension files which will be published for the first time online in their entirety.

“The Revolutionary War Pensions will provide an intimate look into the historical events and individuals that shaped our country’s history,” said Russell Wilding, CEO of “We are excited about this relationship which enables us to put many more historical collections online.”

The Revolutionary War Pension Files feature original records that include muster rolls, payrolls, strength returns and other miscellaneous personnel pay and supply records of American Army Units from 1775-1783. They provide a wealth of new information for historians and genealogists which they can share with other colleagues and family members.

“We are excited to partner with to provide historians and genealogists alike a tremendous source of data that will assist greatly in putting puzzle pieces together to create a rich family history,” said Paul Nauta, manager of Public Affairs for FamilySearch. “This affiliation allows us to better meet one of our goals to provide as much data online as fast as possible for those working on their genealogy.”

Also, as a part of this agreement, will be accessible for free in all FamilySearch operated centers worldwide. FamilySearch has more than 4,500 Family History Centers in 70 countries.

Since partnering with the National Archives in January 2007, has digitized over eight million historical records. Each month an additional two million documents are digitized and added to the site. estimates that by the end of 2007 it will have made over 25 million digitized documents available on its web site.

To see free examples of the Revolutionary War Pension Files, go to has now begun offering free seven-day trial memberships. To start a free trial, visit

About Footnote, Inc.

Founded in 1997 as iArchives, Inc., Footnote is a subscription-based website that features searchable original documents that provide users with an unaltered view of the events , places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At all are invited to come to share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit

About Family Search

FamilySearch (historically known Genealogical Society of Utah) is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch maintains the world's largest repository of genealogical resources accessed through, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries.


Tim Agazio said...


I received the same email today...I thought it was old news so I didn't post it, but you caught the "point of view" thing. I think I'm having FamilySearch announcement fatigue...they are all starting to sound the same to me regardless of the company they partner with. Now I'm not sure what is going on.

Miriam Robbins said...

Tim, I hear you! There's been so many major announcements, it's just taking time for all of us to absorb it. I'm very excited that so much will be offered at the Family History Centers; not just for the great databases and websites we'll now have access to, but also because I think it will bring people in to the FHCs that wouldn't have come before. They will have a first-hand opportunity to learn about all the great resources they can tap into on microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. I'm sure this is what FamilySearch has had in mind all along.

Brian said...

I happen to have Footnote access, if anyone wants me to check some stuff, as I talked about in my blog post this week. Very nice site so far, just wish there was more info from my family.