FIRST FAMILIES OF VAN WERT COUNTY, OHIO
PIONEER FAMILIES OF VAN WERT, OHIO
Please read this information carefully before completing the application
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- Any member of the Van Wert Genealogical Society who is a direct descendant of an ancester who settled in Van Wert County before 31 December 1860 may become a member of First Families of Van Wert County.
- Any member of the Van Wert Genealogical Society who is a direct descendant of an ancester who settled in Van Wert County before 31 December 1880 may become a member of Pioneer Families of Van Wert County.
- The applicant must be a member of the Van Wert Genealogical Society at the time of the application and at the time of acceptance.
- An application must be completed and accompanied by proof of descent documents. (See "Basic Rules of Evidence" on page 3.) Application and a payment of $10.00 must be submitted to the First Families of Van Wert County Committee.
- If the application is accepted, the application and proofs will become the property of the Van Wert Genealogical Society and will be kept in a permanent file.
- If the application is rejected for lack of proof the fee will be returned along with all documents. The application may be resubmitted with further proof.
- More than one ancestor may be claimed on each application but pages 2, 3 and 4 must be completed for each "claimed" ancestor. Submit these on a separate sheet. The $10.00 fee will cover all ancestors.
- Give volume and page for book references and include a copy machine, photo or other facsimile copy of the pertinent pages used for proof. If Bible records are used, include a copy of the title page. typed, hand-printed, or written copies of documents, not certified as "True Copies," are not acceptable as proof.
- Complete a 5-generation chart. The applicant must be #1 on the chart. Family group sheets would also be helpful to the FF/PFVWC Committee but are not mandatory.
- A certificate will be awarded to each accepted applicant at the Annual Dinner Meeting in November. If the applicant is unable to attend, the certificate will be mailed to the recipient.
- To get started, obtain certified copies of your birth certificate, your marriage record if you are female, your parents' marriage record, and your parents' birth and/or death records. Next, follow the claimed ancestor's line.