The following announcement was released today:
August 18, 2011 by Peter
Today we announced our intention to create the finest and most comprehensive collection of U.S. Military records available on the internet and changed the name of the site from Footnote to Fold3.
Footnote Gets Focused
This announcement isn’t a complete change from what we’ve been doing. Some of our best and most popular work has been on military titles like the Revolutionary War Pension files, the Civil War Service Records and “Widows’ Pensions,” WWII Missing Air Crew Reports and the Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
This new focus will direct our content plans and allow us to organize the site around military records. In the future we’ll make other changes that will help us build the best online source for records related to the U.S. military, the men and women who have served and the families who support them.
You will still be able to access the great non-military records previously found on Footnote, but we’ll be adding millions of U.S. military records, like these that we’ve already begun work on:
■Word War II “Old Man’s Draft” Cards
■War of 1812 Pension Files
■Mexican War Service Records
■World War I Officer Experience Reports
■Confederate Casualty Reports
Footnote Becomes Fold3
One change that won’t impact how things work, but is significant and will probably get a lot of attention, is the site’s new name. Footnote has been a great name, but it doesn’t relate to military records and can carry a connotation of insignificance which doesn’t seem appropriate for a site focused on records related to the great sacrifices associated with military service.
We wanted a name that would show respect for the records we are working on and for the people who have served in the armed forces. The name Fold3 comes from a traditional flag-folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.
We are excited for this new focus and name because it will help us continue to improve the site and bring you records that will help in your research.
The new web address is http://www.fold3.com/.
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