Any member of OGS (or non-member) who is a direct descendant of any person who lived in what is now Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin or eastern Minnesota (east of the Mississippi River) between 13 July 1787 and 7 May 1800 (when Indiana Territory was created) or your ancestor lived in what is now Ohio or Michigan between 13 July 1787 and 3 March 1803 (Ohio Statehood) or your ancestor lived in what is now Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin or eastern Minnesota prior to 13 Jul 1787 as a citizen of either France or Great Britain, or as a Native American, you may qualify for this new Society. Please check the SFONT Rules and Procedures for additional qualifications for membership.

All SFONT society applications must be accompanied by proof of descent and the payment of a non-refundable $40 application fee for OGS members or $60 for non-OGS members. Applications must first be approved by the appropriate lineage society committee and then by the Ohio Genealogical Society’s Board of Trustees.


Induction of new members into SFONT is held at the annual OGS Conference.


Questions about the Society of the Families of the Old Northwest Territory may be directed to Tara Bentley, SFONT Chair, at [email protected].


The application forms found here allow applicants to enter lineage information directly into the application fields. We recommend that applicants download and install Foxit Reader, a free and easy-to-use PDF document viewer for Windows that allows completed applications to be saved on your computer.

You may also contact OGS for an application form and rules by emailing [email protected] calling OGS at (419) 886-1903; or by mailing OGS, 611 State Route 97 West, Bellville OH 44813-8813.


You may search for your ancestor in Search Database to see if your ancestor is already listed in this lineage society, or you can browse a PDF of the list.
SFONT files are arranged by member number. If you are interested in obtaining copies from a specific SFONT file, please refer to the member number. Click here for more information about the OGS Copy Service and instructions for ordering.