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.)
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.
First, save a copy
APPLICATION FORM onto your own computer:
The form is in Adobe PDF.
Using the saved form,
fill in your data on your computer, then save and print it;
OR print the form and type in your data.
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!
Applications must be
completed by word processor or typewriter; we will not accept
handwritten applications. Be
sure to send 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 well documented
family genealogies, 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 a set of proofs for your records.
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.
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 and Society seal, 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 necessary proofs and your
fee (and record
copy fee if applicable), 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.
Thank you for your interest in the Winthrop Society. Best
of luck, and we look forward to reading your submission!
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