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What's Inside Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors?

Contents subject to change up to time of printing.

Chronology of the War of 1812
An outline of the war, the causes and resolution

War of 1812 US Army Ancestors
A bit of digging might uncover a treasure trove of information on an ancestor in the US army

Canadian Records of the War of 1812
New resources make locating Canadian soldiers simpler

British Records of the War of 1812
Tips on locating ancestors who served in the British forces

Census Records and the War Years
Despite their limitations, early 19th-century census records can fill in details of an ancestor’s life

Bounty Land Warrants
Land bounty records are a valuable source of information on veterans and their heirs

Newspapers During the War Years
Newspapers of the War of 1812 era are a valuable genealogical and historical resource

Finding the Fallen: Cemetery Records
A number of resoucres are available that can help you locate burial sites

Privateer and Naval Pensions
Pension records can reveal a wealth of information on a maritime ancestor

Prize Money: The Spoils of War
Prize money could more than double a sailor’s pay

Marines Resources and Records
Although US Marines were a small force in 1812, a number of resources exist for them

Mapping the War of 1812
Historic maps help bring the War of 1812 era to life

Military Ranks and Pay
Along with their regular pay, some soldiers and sailors received bonuses, and allowances

Last Survivors of the War of 1812
As a rule of thumb, the last survivor of a war will live roughly 90 years after the war

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