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First Families of Franklin County

First Family applicants must be a direct descendant from an ancestor who settled in what is now Franklin County, PA, by December 31, 1818.

The application form can be accessed by clicking on application link below download, print and then complete all pages and then mail back to us all pages with required information.  

Payment must accompany your application by using the online store feature. Please click on Instructions below for details in completing the form. 


Email scanned applications to

Mail your request and check payment to:

First Families


175 East King Street

Chambersburg, PA 17201

Payments can also be made online:

Phone: 717-264-1667

175 E King Street

Chambersburg, PA 17201

Genealogy Library Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM

Old Jail & John Brown House Museum Tours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM

John Brown House tours check in at the Old Jail

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