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First Families of Western Pennsylvania

The First Families of Western Pennsylvania (FFWP) is a lineage society open to any WPGS member who can prove their descent from an ancestor who resided in what is now Western Pennsylvania (the 26 counties west of Centre County) before 31 Dec 1810.

How Do I Join?

If you believe that your ancestor qualifies you for membership in First Families of Western Pennsylvania, you can download the application form and send it, along with a nonrefundable, one-time fee of $40.00 (check payable to WPGS-FFWP) to:

First Families of Western Pennsylvania
c/o WPGS
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA  15213-4080

You may submit as many applications as you desire. After the initial application, there is no additional fee. Each application is considered individually.

Applications are due by 30 November of each year. New members are inducted at a meeting or seminar held in the spring of each year.

Who Qualifies?

Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
The first family ancestor must have been a resident of one of the 26 Western Pennsylvania counties (or in the appropriate section of the parent county) by 31 December 1810. Counties are listed below. Evidence submitted as proof must be sufficient to prove that the applicant is directly descended from the claimed ancestor, and that the ancestor resided in the Western Pennsylvania area prior to 1811. See Rules of Evidence for further details.

Allegheny 1788 Armstrong 1800 Beaver 1800
Bedford 1771 Blair 1846 Butler 1800
Cambria 1804 Cameron 1860 Clarion 1839
Clearfield 1804 Crawford 1800 Elk 1843
Erie 1800 Fayette 1783 Forest 1848
Greene 1796 Indiana 1803 Jefferson 1804
Lawrence 1849 McKean 1804 Mercer 1800
Somerset 1795 Venango 1800 Warren 1800
Washington 1781 Westmoreland 1773  

Download FFWP Application