First Families

First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties is a lineage project designed to honor the memory of the pioneers who came and lived in the counties of Floyd, Clark, or Harrison, Indiana before 31 December 1840.

It was created by the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society in 2013 to celebrate the bicentennial of the city of New Albany, Indiana and in 2016 became an official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project. It is now run by the Falls of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Inc., and anyone who can prove descent from at least one of those pioneers is eligible for recognition.

The project hopes to document the lives and contributions of some of the counties’ early Native Americans and pioneer African Americans, women, immigrants, and children.

Approved applicants will receive First Families certificates and be honored guests at the annual “History and Heritage Celebration” held on the first Thursday in October.

The 2020 ceremony was CANCELLED due to COVID-19, but all applicants from October 2019 – August 2021 will be included in the 2021 cohort