PIONEERS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, OHIO
The prime objective of this organization is to identify
and honor the early settlers of Franklin County, Ohio. In so doing we hope
to make known their influence on the community that they helped develop
by illuminating their societal contributions, which includes the leaving
Any member of the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical
Society proving they are a direct descendant of an individual(s)
who settled in Franklin County, Ohio by 1830 may join the Pioneer Families
of Franklin County, Ohio (PFFCO).
A one time application fee of $20.00, covering as many
ancestors as the applicant wishes to prove; sufficient proof of descent:
and a five generation chart, showing the name(s) of every ancestor claimed,
must be submitted along with this application.
A brief biographical sketch for each settler claimed
would also be appreciated, but it is optional. Such a sketch could include
the following items: the person’s occupation, residence, church and school
affiliations, political and civic activities, migration pathway, interesting
family stories, physical description and any other details that would help
develop a better image of this person and their lifestyle. Also include
an autobiography. With new histories not being written, this might be your
only chance for posterity. Applicants who have
had their descent approved will be honored at the PFFCO Annual Program
and will be presented a membership certificate and pin.
Please type or hand print all known information within
the spaces provided. We realize that you may not have all the required
information to fill in every blank. However, please try to complete the
blank with as much information as known.
It is necessary to prove each step of descent by submitting
copies of various supporting documents (see HELPFUL HINTS below). For filing
purposes, do not submit application and proof of descent in a three-ring
notebook. After completion, mail the application form, fee and five-generation
chart (or however many generations it will take to get to 1830), along
with all supporting documents to the mailing address, which appears on
the cover sheet.
All proof of descent should be sufficient to clearly demonstrate
that the applicant is indeed directly descended from the pioneer ancestor(s)
named on page one of this application form. Acceptable forms of proof are
1. Birth records
8. Church and Bible Records
2. Death records
9. Cemetery Records
3. Marriage records
10. County Histories
4. Wills and administrations/Estate Records
11. Family Genealogies (written over 50 years ago)
12. Census Records
6. Land deeds
13. Newspaper Clippings
7. Military Pension Applications
Proof of residency may be provided using any of the
above documents in addition to tax records and poll lists. Be sure to include
a complete reference (volume, page, year, type of record, and location)
for each document submitted. When submitting proof taken from a book, enclose
a copy of the original information and a copy of the title page of the
book from which it came. Copies of original documents should be photocopied.
Hand copied or typewritten copies must be certified as “True copies” by
an official of the courthouse, library or office where the data was found.
Name changes through marriage within a line of descent should be well documented.
Marriage records are usually the best means of proof in such instances.
All evidence submitted will become the property
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