Genealogical Society of Kendall County, Texas

First Families of Kendall County, Texas

The First Families of Kendall County is sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Kendall County, Texas (GSKC).
Purpose: To recognize the direct living descendants of persons instrumental in founding and settling of the area encompassed by present day Kendall County, Texas and to preserve the history of their families and of Kendall County.
This project began in 1999. So far 586 applications have been approved for 337 different individuals. One hundred seventy (170) Founders and one hundred nine (109) Early Settlers have been documented and recognized. They represent one hundred thirty-five (135) different families in Kendall County. There are two hundred seventy-two (272) volumes of First Families notebooks on the shelves at the Family History Place.
Alphabetic list of Founders and Early Settlers by husband's surname.
Alphabetic list of Founders and Early Settlers by wife's maiden surname.
List of First Families Applicants and their family names.
  1. To qualify for a Founding Families Certificate, the applicant must be a direct blood-line descendant from an ancestor who settled by  December 31, 1862, in the area now encompassed by Kendall County. 
  2. To qualify for an Early Settlers Certificate, the applicant must be a direct blood-line descendant of an ancestor who settled in Kendall County during the time period of  January 1, 1863 to  December 31, 1900.
  3. The applicant must be able to prove direct descent from the ancestor (male or female) by an official record, or records, for each generation, including vital record proof for the applicant.    
  4. Exceptions: (a) A Memorial Certificate may be awarded for a proven deceased descendant of a Founder or Settler provided an application has been made for them. (b) A legal adoptee of a candidate for First Families designation may apply, and if qualified, receive an Adoptee Certificate. 
  5. The applicant must provide proof that the Founder or Settler (and/or a spouse) resided in Kendall County, Texas by the above dates. Land or tax records are acceptable only if they specify that the individual was a resident of Kendall County, since many early landowners never lived in the county in which they owned land.
  6. The Applicant does not need to be a member of the Genealogical Society of Kendall County or a current Kendall County resident to apply. However, applicants who are not current members will get a $10 discount for an individual or family membership for the first year.
To apply for a First Families Certificate open the .PDF fill-in application and save it to your computer with your name. Fill in all of the information, save it to your computer, and email a copy of the digital form to Print a copy of the application and submit it, along with the application fee and all supporting documents, to The Family History Place, 114 E. Blanco, Boerne, TX. 
Download Instructions for completing the application.
First Families Chairperson is Hal Harwell - call 210-887-5030
Note:  To use the fill-in application, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. The form may not work with older versions of Adobe Reader.  You can download the reader FREE at the Adobe Web Site.