During this year of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, why not find out if you had an ancestor who served in the military or performed other worthwhile service at the time of the War? One way to do this is to visit the ancestor database of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812.
Unfortunately, I don't know for certain if you can get a copy of the application referencing your ancestor, but my guess is yes. I could not find a definite answer anywhere on the web site.
California, have a web site where you can find a list of local chapters; click the States/Chapters link to find one near you, or fill out the Membership Interest Form.
*Men: please visit the General Society of the War of 1812 (no database, sorry).
If you live in the California Tri-County area of Ventura, Santa Barbara, or San Luis Obispo, please note that we are in the beginning stages of forming a chapter in this area. Please contact me for information.
Good luck searching for your War of 1812 ancestor!