This Week in History

On this day in history, August 19, 1812, the U.S. Navy warship Constitution earned its nickname “Old Ironsides” after defeating the British Royal Navy ship Guerrière during the War of 1812.  Shots rang out near the coast of Nova Scotia but, according to witnesses, the shots bounced off the sides of the ship as if it were made of iron and not wood.  The Constitution proved its mighty power more than once during the war and today is recognized as America’s oldest commissioned warship.  Do you have ancestors that fought in the War of 1812?  A great place to begin researching is on FamilySearch.com in the database called “United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815” located at https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1916219 .  Ancestry’s database is called “U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815” and is found under the search category in the card catalog.   Both are indexes of about 600,000 men that volunteered between 1812-1815 for the war effort.