First Families of Clayton County

First Families of Clayton County Committee, in conjunction with Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., announces our new pioneer heritage organization. Applications are now available for membership! The purpose of this new organization is to honor our pioneer ancestors who were the founding families of Clayton County, to identify and recognize the descendants of these families, and to promote and further research into the genealogical, cultural and social history of the area.

FAQ's

Who is eligible for membership?

What constitutes a qualifying ancestor?

What proofs of line of descent are required?

What happens to the documentation I submit to FFCC?

May I use the same documentation as another applicant?

What will I receive as a member?

What is the cost of application?

What if I have multiple qualifying ancestors?

Where can I find more information?

 

FFCC Membership and Certificate Application (Please print and send with payment)

LINE OF DESCENT FORM (Please print and send with application)

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Who is eligible for membership?

Any person who can prove descent from a qualifying ancestor may apply for membership in First Families of Clayton County.

What constitutes a qualifying ancestor?

Any person who can be proven to have been in Clayton County at any time before 1858, the formation of the county, through December 31, 1860 is a "qualifying ancestor." This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Any person listed on the 1860 Federal Census in Clayton County.
  • Any person listed in Clayton County court records between 1858 - December 31, 1860.

Application is solicited from any individual who can offer any proof that his/her ancestor was present in Clayton County during the designated time period. The final decision to accept any proof submitted will lie with the FFCC committee, but in general, any public document will be accepted. Applicants should provide all information known about the qualifying ancestor on the membership and certificate application, and list the source of proof {i.e. 1860 census, etc.} on the first line of the proof document list.

What proofs of line of descent are required?

Applicants must present documented proof of each step of descent from the qualifying ancestor. Primary sources are preferred, but secondary sources will be accepted. Primary sources are defined as those documents which were created at the time of the event, such as a marriage bond or will. Secondary sources are defined as those created some time after the event, such as oral or local histories. Examples are written below:

Primary Sources:

Vital Court and/or Tax records, Bible records

Census records, Military records

Maps, Deeds, Newspapers

Wills, Probate and Estate records, Institutional records

Birth records, Business records

Death records, Employment records

Church and Cemetery records, City Directories

Secondary Sources:

Local Histories, Periodicals

Archives of Oral Histories

Societies, Libraries

 

A well-documented family history or genealogy book will be accepted for one generation/step only. Applicants are encouraged to submit more than one source for any step in which any proof other than a primary source is submitted. Submit only readable photocopies or digital images (NO ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS). While copies of original documents are preferred, transcripts and published abstracts are acceptable if accompanied by a copy of the title page. In the case of records which cannot be photocopied and for which no microfilm is available (for example – a land record in a sewn-in volume), a notarized statement that the transcription is genuine is acceptable. Certified copies are NOT required. The final decision regarding acceptance of any proof will be made by the FFCC committee on an individual basis. Special note: no information from the Internet or any County Heritage Book or the LDS records will be accepted without accompanying documentation. Family group sheets submitted without accompanying documentation of the information on the sheet are not accepted as documentation.

What happens to the documentation I submit to FFCC?

All documentation submitted with any application becomes the property of FFCC and HJ/CCI and will not be returned. However, all non-private information will be placed in the office of HJ/CCI for researcher use. A separate file containing copies of all documentation will be accessible in the office of HJ/CCI. There will be a file for each proven ancestor containing the documentation submitted by all applicants under that ancestor. These files will be available for research. The applicant should indicate his/her preference regarding the sharing of his/her contact information with other researchers of the same surname/ancestor on the application.

May I use the same documentation as another applicant?

Once any ancestor has been proven, subsequent applications under that ancestor need provide proof only to a common ancestor in the line of descent. This must be indicated on the application. While each member will be listed with his qualifying ancestor, a note will be made in the records of the first applicant to prove any ancestor.

What will I receive as a member?

Upon acceptance for membership, applicants will receive a certificate, suitable for framing, bearing the name of the member and of the ancestor from whom he/she descends, and those names will appear in the newsletter of HJ/CCI.

A plaque has been placed in the Old Clayton County courthouse bearing the name of each Charter Member of FFCC and the ancestor from whom the Charter Member descends. Charter Members were honored at a reception with the plaque-unveiling after the close of the charter membership period.

What is the cost of application?

A $35.00 check or money order, made payable to Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., is acceptable. Please, NO CASH. This payment should be included with the application submission.

What if I have multiple qualifying ancestors?

A separate application including documentation and application fee must be submitted for each ancestor. Each member will receive a certificate for each ancestor under which he is accepted for membership.

Where can I find more information?

For further information or to obtain applications, you may contact Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc. (770-473-0197) or Betty Mundy at 770-314-1936.

FFCC Membership and Certificate Application (Please print and send with payment)

LINE OF DESCENT FORM (Please print and send with application)

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