Any member of the Washington County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society who is a direct descendant of an individual who settled in Washington County by December 31, 1829 may become a member of the First Families of Washington County on the acceptance of an application with proof of such descent and the payment of a $15.00 application fee. Follow this link to see a list of early settlers who have already been researched by others.

Contact First Families Chairperson: Shirley A. Harmon at or C/O Washington County Chapter OGS, P.O. Box 2174, Marietta, OH 45750, for more information, ancestor charts, and application forms.

Once filed, your application and ancestry must be accepted by the First Families of Washington County First Families Committee and by the Washington County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. An ancestral chart must be included to show the inter-connecting relationship for each ancestral line submitted.

When documenting a family line, list the volume and page for any book references you list and include a facsimile (copy machine, photo, or other similar) copy of the pertinent pages, and of all published or unpublished records used for proof.

Typed, handprinted, or written copies of documents not certified as "TRUE COPIES" are not acceptable as proof.

Published or manuscript material authored by the applicant or his family will not of themselves be accepted as proof.

Inrformation for additional ancestral lines may be included on blank pages, showing the tie-in to the lines on the basic application.

Each year we honor the new (and current) First Families members at our May meeting.

People interested in joining First Families of Washington County, Ohio, should write to: Washington County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 2174, Marietta, OH 45750, to receive additional information.

First Familes 2019 - no inductees

First Families 2018 - 1 inductee

First Famiies 2017 - 2 inductees:

First Families Banquet  2016

First Families of Washington County, Ohio held their annual banquet at noon on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Marietta Township Recreation Center in Reno. The tables were decorated in red, white and blue. President Barbara Handschumacher welcomed the group and led them in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. The invocation was given by Lila Hill.

Following the luncheon buffet, Shirley Harmon introduced the speaker, Ernie Thode. The title of his talk was “Two Swiss Pioneers in Southeastern Ohio in 1819, Jacob Tisher and Baron Rudolph de Steiguer.” Each of these two men led groups of Swiss immigrants who settled in Ohio: Jacob Tisher, in Monroe and Belmont Counties, Ohio; and Rudolph de Steiguer, in Athens County, Ohio. Both groups intended to settle further west but the flat boats they were riding on hit sand bars in the Ohio River which prevented their travel to continue. Both groups were from Canton Bern, Switzerland. Ernie answered several questions following his presentation.

Eight candidates were presented certificates by Shirley Harmon and inducted into First Families of Washington County, Ohio. Each of these candidates had proved they descended from individuals who resided in Washington County before 1830. The new members of First Families are: