4400 Forbes Avenue
First Families of W. Pa.
First 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
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.