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First Families of W. Pa.

Who Qualifies?
Map of 26 western Pennsylvania countiesFirst Families of Western Pennsylvania (FFWP) is open to any WPGS member who can prove descent from a person who resided before 31 Dec 1810 in what is now the area covered by the 26 counties west of Centre County, Pennsylvania. 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.
Western Pennsylvania Counties and Years of Formation
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  
How to Apply
If you believe that your ancestor qualifies you for membership in First Families of Western Pennsylvania, please
  • Print and fill out the application 
  • 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 Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
Pennsylvania Department, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213-4007
After the initial application fee for a particular ancestor, there is no extra fee if you need to re-submit additional research documents for that ancestor. You may submit applications for as many ancestors as you like (every ancestor having a separate fee). Each application is considered individually.
Applications are evaluated according to our Rules of Evidence. You may be asked to provide additional documentation for an application, but there will be no extra fee for that application. Certificates of FFWP membership are mailed throughout the year as earned. Approximately once a year new members are announced and recognized at a public meeting. The next recognition will be during the FGS conference in late summer of 2017.