FGS & National Park Service Partner on US-Mexico War History Project

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Did your ancestors serve in the U.S.-Mexico War, on either side? Do you teach or study U.S. history, Mexican history, or the history of the American West?

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service (NPS) are collaborating on a project to help preserve and share the history of those who served in the U.S. Mexico War.

Map Following US-Mexico War
Territory Ceded by México Under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 and the Gadsden Purchase of 1853. Image courtesy of the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Also commonly referred to as the Mexican-American War and just the Mexican War, the U.S. Mexico War (1846-1848) changed the shape of both the United States and Mexico, with Mexico losing lands–in the present-day Southwest U.S.–to the United States, as part of the terms agreed upon in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

The project end product will include a searchable database of soldiers who served in this war, and will include digitized historical records and biographical information. The primary focus appears to be on soldiers who fought for the United States, which makes sense since U.S. records are what the U.S. National Park Service would have. But the press release indicates that an effort will be made to include biographical details about Mexican soldiers as well.

I just emailed the project coordinator to find out how I can help! WILL YOU?

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) issued the following press release today.


FGS Marshals Volunteers to Help National Historic Park Tell the Stories of Over 130,000 U.S.-Mexican War Soldiers

August 8, 2016 – Austin, TX. and Brownsville, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park announce a partnership to develop a searchable database of more than 130,000 soldiers of the U.S.-Mexican War.

The database will allow descendants of U.S. soldiers to connect to their personal history and help Palo Alto commemorate and tell the stories of these soldiers. After the database is developed, unit histories, digitized documents, and information on U.S.- Mexican War soldiers will be added. Efforts will also be made to include names and information about Mexican soldiers in this war.

“FGS is thrilled to partner with the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park for this important preservation project,” said FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “We look forward to working with our member societies and volunteers to provide new access to records for those researching the Mexican War.”

Palo Alto Battlefield is also pleased with the partnership. “National Parks tell the stories of America,” said Superintendent Mark Spier. “Palo Alto Battlefield is excited to have the opportunity to work with the Federation of Genealogical Societies to tell the stories of the thousands of soldiers who served in the U.S.-Mexican War.”

To help bring these soldiers’ stories to life and to be a part of this momentous preservation project, indexing volunteers should contact Project Coordinator Patricia Rand, The Villages, FL, at projects@fgs.org.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Park Service previously partnered together in 1999 for the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System database project where FGS volunteers completed data entry for more than five million names. The efforts of the CWSS project can now be experienced on the NPS Civil War website.

About the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park enjoys the unique distinction in the National Park Service of being the only unit to interpret the U.S.-Mexican War. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

Founded in 1976, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, Illinois, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

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