War of 1812 Records

War of 1812 Records

Course Overview

In The War of 1812 Records course you will:

  • Learn the about the military organizational structure and how it influences research.
  • Gain an understanding of the information that can be gleaned from Congressional records.
  • Use compiled military service, pension, bounty land, naval and Marine Corps, and prisoner of war records to uncover your ancestors’ military service.
  • Find information in diplomatic record, state militia records, and lineage societies.
Author: This course was developed by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) with David Rencher, CG, Rebecca Koford, CG, Ken Nelson and Michael Hall as contributing authors.
Prerequisites: None.
Course: Online, cloud based
Price: NGS Members $75 Non-members $100

Course Description

This course helps students understand the various records associated with the War of 1812 and their genealogical significance. Students will increase their understanding of the causes of the War of 1812, the structure of the military, the records kept during the war, and how to use the various records in their family history research.

Students will examine numerous records including Acts of Congress, pension records, compiled military service records, bounty land records, naval and marine corps records, muster rolls, ship’s logs, diplomatic records, and state militia records.

The course is divided into fourteen modules, which include readings, web links, self-correcting quizzes, practical assignments, and a reading and reference list. A full syllabus is provided to course registrants. The course modules are as follows.

  • Module 1: Overview and Research Fundamentals
  • Module 2: Introduction to Basic US Military Organizational Structure
  • Module 3: Compiled Military Service Records (CMSRs)
  • Module 4: US Naval & Marine Corps Records
  • Module 5: Pension Records
  • Module 6: Bounty Land
  • Module 7: State Militia Records
  • Module 8: Prisoner of War Records
  • Module 9: African American and Native American Participation
  • Module 10: Acts of Congress and the Congressional Record
  • Module 11: Diplomatic Records
  • Module 12: Lineage Society Records
  • Module 13: Online Resources
  • Module 14: Review of Objectives and Lessons

About the Author

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) developed  this course with David Rencher, CG, Rebecca Koford, CG, Ken Nelson, and Michael Hall as contributing authors. FGS has been collaborating with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on a project to digitize the War of 1812 Pension Files and ran a national fundraising initiative to support the project. These records are being made available for free on Fold3.


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NGS grants a license to an individual to take the course shown above. This grants the individual a personal, nonexclusive, nontransferable right to the course materials for that student’s personal educational use only. All students work independently.

How Long Does It Take to Complete an Online Course?

This course is extensive and may take between twenty and thirty hours to complete, depending on your pace for reading and the time you take on the quizzes and exercises. The Continuing Genealogical Studies courses have no set time or date for attendance. These online courses are geared toward individuals who have schedules that are varied and may include work, volunteer, and personal demands. You prioritize your time management and your learning, so your course work can be scheduled at your own pace.

Upon registration, you have access to the course for six months from the date of registration. If you need extra time, a one-time extension of three months is granted by contacting the NGS Course Administrator.

When Can I Start the Course?

Within three business days, you receive two separate emails, one that confirms your registration and one that provides log in instructions.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All purchases of courses are final. No refunds or credits are available.


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