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Sunday, February 8, 2015

It's official! My PA roots go back prior to the Civil War


It's official! The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania has accepted my application for their First Families of Pennsylvania lineage society. My Keystone State roots go back to 1840. That makes me a "Keystone and Cornerstone" member.

I've always been proud of my PA roots. I've never lived there, I wasn't born there, and I've not spent nearly enough time visiting, yet I love the state of Pennsylvania and now I have the official certificate showing one reason why!

As I mentioned in my earlier post at the time I mailed my application, I combined all my research into this line of my family into eighty-three final pages, including sixty-five pages of documentation and a sixteen-page summary of the generations and sources I used to document them. All in all, I compiled documentation for six generations of my family spanning 174 years back to 1840 in Pennsylvania. Not bad for a spare-time genealogist!

Documentation for the two earliest generations of my Cowhey family members in Pennsylvania.
Above is a screenshot I took of the pages within my application including genealogical documentation for just the earliest two generations of the Cowhey family in Pennsylvania:


If you are a cousin of mine and we are connected through Patrick & Ann's family tree, please contact me and I'll give you details about making your own application to the First Families of Pennsylvania.

Good news! I've done the hard work for you (finding proof back to our earliest ancestors in PA). Now you just have to connect the pieces in later generations, send in your application and - voila! - you, too can be an official First Families of Pennsylvania member. Please let me know if you'd like help with the process. I'd love to have some cousins join me in celebrating our Pennsylvania roots in this way!

12 comments:

Jana Last said...

Congratulations on being accepted to the First Families of Pennsylvania lineage society!

Lisa / Smallest Leaf said...

Thanks very much, Jana!

Jana Last said...

Lisa,

I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/02/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-february-13.html

Have a great weekend!

Miriam J. Robbins said...

Hi, Lisa,

I just wanted to let you know that your post was featured on my Friday Finds and Follows post this week on my AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.

Miriam J. Robbins said...

Hi, Lisa,

I just wanted to let you know that your post was featured on my Friday Finds and Follows post this week on my AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.

Lisa / Smallest Leaf said...

Thank you, Miriam! I hope to see you (and hopefully some of your readers) apply for First Families of Pennsylvania sometime in the near future. Thanks for spreading the word!

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Congratulations! All your hard work & document gathering has paid off!

Lisa / Smallest Leaf said...

Thank you, Colleen. It really was tremendously rewarding to piece together this application, finally mail it off, and then receive this confirmation of the quality of my research. I hope more genealogists will go through the time and effort to do this.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Congrats, Lisa! I know that was a lot of work! :-)

Ellie said...

Congratulations, and it's wonderful to see a new blog from you Lisa! Hope more are coming.
Ellie

Lisa / Smallest Leaf said...

Thanks very much, Elizabeth and Ellie. And yes, Ellie, I have lots of ideas for more posts - just need to write them!

Dana Leeds said...

That's terrific. Congrats! And, that looks like a lot of work!

I joined DAR about 2 years ago with a PA ancestor. Joining the First Families of Pennsylvania is something I have on my list of things to do. Thanks for sharing!

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