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The Winthrop 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.

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 to:

  • access our Members Only area;
  • vote for Officers;
  • serve as Officers and Adjutants; and
  • participate in Winthrop Society projects.


First, save a copy of the 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.

(PDF - Portable Document Format: you may download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader ).

The first page of the application contains important instructions.
Read these 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.

Supplemental Enrollment
Annual Dues

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.

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 enrollment 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.  Send copies.

Thank you for your interest in the Winthrop Society. Best of luck, and we look forward to reading your submission!

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