WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Society is open to all men and women eighteen years of age or older, of good character and proven
descent from one or more passengers of the Winthrop fleet, or of others
who settled in the Bay Colony and Down East on or before 31 December 1640.
refers to parts of eastern coastal New
particularly the U.S. state of Maine and
an area that closely corresponds to the historical French territory of Acadia.
The phrase apparently derives from sailing terminology: sailors from
western ports sailed downwind toward
the east to reach the area.)
Successful applicants for membership will receive
a handsome certificate on gold parchment, suitable for framing, personalized with the Member's name
and information about their qualifying ancestor. Members have full privileges
- access our Members Only area;
- vote for Officers;
- serve as Officers
and Adjutants; and
in Winthrop Society projects.
Enrollment includes a $30 application fee (non-refundable), and member or supplemental certificate, as the case
may be. Annual membership enrollment also includes one year's annual dues.
save a copy
APPLICATION FORM onto your own computer:
Using the saved form
on your computer,
fill in your data , then save and print it;
OR print the
blank form and type in your data.
The form is in
Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format: you may download the free
Adobe Acrobat Reader
The first page of the
application contains important instructions.
instructions carefully before completing the application!
For further guidance and hints, see
Applications must be
completed by word processor or typewriter; we will not accept
handwritten applications. Be sure to send paper copies of all relevant proofs. Of course, primary source
proofs, such as birth, marriage and death records, are preferred. But
we will also review good secondary sources, such as wills, deeds, census records, etc. Documents
such as listed above are required, not just a tree found on the
internet. But those trees can possibly give you hints
as to where to find the documentation. Be sure to retain copies
of your completed application and proofs for your records.
For new members who enroll before July 1 of any given year, the dues included in their enrollment fee will be applied to that year. For new members who enroll after July 1, the dues included in their enrollment fee will be applied to the following year.
Dues notices are usually mailed out to annual members in January.
Any applicant may request a
record copy of his or her application, with
Registrar signature, for a fee of $10; simply check the appropriate box on the form at the time of application, or request
a record copy from the Registrar at a later date.
When your application is completed, send it, along
with all required paper proofs
and your fees, to the following address:
Winthrop Society Registrar
Marie A. Seelye
13802 Pine Glen Drive East
Black Forest, CO 80908-3508
Do NOT send original documents.
They will not be returned. Send copies.
) with any questions.
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