Citizen Archivists: Civil War Widows’ Pensions Digitized

Happily ensconced among yellowed pages, citizen archivists preserve a nation’s stories.  We sort, digitize and conserve family letters and ledgers, photographs and newspapers; we practice in our homes, and in our local genealogical and historical societies.  Those lucky enough to live within the Washington, D.C. metro area can even volunteer their time to projects within the National Archives.  One such project is currently digitizing 1.28 million Civil War Widows’ Pension case files, making these treasured collections available online to millions of fact-hunting family historians.  Ah! Were I close enough to participate!

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