Lindon, UT – October 16, 2008 – Today, Footnote.com released the first digitized versions of the Civil War Widows' Pension Files.
Through its partnership with Footnote.com, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and FamilySearch, Footnote.com has worked together to prepare, scan, index and now publish these highly popular original documents. "These are one of the most heavily used series of original records at the National Archives," said James Hastings, NARA Director of Access Programs.
Having never been microfilmed before, the Civil War Pension Files were previously accessible only at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Now, through this project, anyone can access these records via the internet exclusively on Footnote.com.
"The significance to family historians is obvious," says Cynthia Fox, a NARA Deputy Director. "However, these records offer much to the scholarly community as well. They document the lives of common Americans; people who rarely left journals or collections of letters. They often tell the life stories of people whose daily lives would otherwise be undocumented. Having these records online opens this virtually untapped resource for the study of social history in new and exciting ways."
Footnote.com has additional paper-to-digital projects to the site including:
• The Southern Claims Commission
• WWII & Vietnam War Photos
• Homestead Records
"It's crucial to preserve this information and make it available on the internet where more people can interact with these records," explains Russ Wilding, CEO of Footnote.com. "At Footnote.com we believe it's all about people connecting with history in a unique way and our goal is to make sure we provide the best content to help make that connection."
Footnote.com now features over 45 million records ranging from the time of the Pilgrims and the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. Millions of documents are added every month with increasing numbers of people adding their own piece of history to the Footnote.com site through photos, documents, letters and stories.
Visitors can view every image on Footnote.com by signing up for a free 7-day trial. To learn more, visit http://www.footnote.com/ today.