I just learned that the application I submitted for the First Families of Ohio lineage group was accepted. The First Families of Ohio requires that you prove each generation back to an ancestor who lived in Ohio prior to 1820. I used my Staats line, who arrived in Harrison County in the fall of 1815. While Edith Staats was the person I used, the judge also admitted Margaret Chandler Staats, mother of Edith. It seems that Elijah, the father should also have been admitted, but I didn’t really submit documentation for that.
I was glad, and honestly a little relieved. The line I chose was probably not the easiest to prove, involving some indirect evidence. But it was one that I was interested in, and a line that once firmly connected with its Delaware roots will make a fascinating story. It was the first such application I had filled out, and was worried I didn’t do something right, or overlooked something, etc. The hardest part for me was going back though all those generations and making sure I had all my sources correctly and thoroughly documented. It was an exercise that pointed out to me just how embarrasingly bad some of my early work was.
I’m looking forward to attending the OGS Annual Conference in the beginning of April.