Frequently Asked Questions
When and why was the Skillman Family Association established?
The Association was founded in 2012 to serve as a forum for the research, collection, and preservation of materials regarding the history and genealogy of the Skillman family in America, and to promote communication among its members.
Who was the first Skillman to arrive in America?
Our first ancestor in America was Thomas1 Skillman, a soldier and musician who arrived in 1664 from Portsmouth, England, with Col. Richard Nicolls in the Duke of York’s expedition to take Manhattan Island from the Dutch. He settled in Newtown (now Elmhurst), NY, on a patent from Col. Nicolls and married Sara Petit (Pettit). In 2014 the Skillman Family Association will celebrate the 350th anniversary of the arrival of Thomas1 Skillman in America.
How can I find out if I am descended from Thomas1 Skillman?
There are two ways:
• If you know the names of some of your Skillman ancestors, the Association’s Genealogist may be able to help you identify your lineage to Thomas1 Skillman.
• You can join the Skillman DNA Project at Family Tree DNA and have your Y-chromosome DNA tested for a match to other Skillmans who have already tested. Go to “DNA Project” on our website for cost and details.
Who are the Officers of the Association?
The five Officers of the Association comprise the Board of Directors and their bios are posted on the Association’s website.
Does the Association have By-Laws?
Yes, our By-Laws are posted on our website. You should read our By-Laws carefully before joining the Association.
Why should I join the Association?
• You will learn all about our Skillman family in America, both past and present, including our genealogy and history.
• You will have online access to a blog about our Skillman family and related topics.
• You will have online access to the complete (as presently known) Skillman family tree, containing 14 generations and over 12,000 descendants of Thomas1 Skillman.
• You will have online access to exclusive family historical documents and photos.
• You will be connected with many new Skillman cousins across America.
• You will be able to participate in the planning and celebration of the 350th anniversary in 2014 of the landing of Thomas1 Skillman in America in 1664.
• You will receive an invitation to all Skillman family reunions.
• You will be able to run for office and vote for officers of the Association.
• And last but not least, you can take pride in being a member of a distinguished family association which traces its roots in America back nearly three and a half centuries!
How will the Association communicate with its members?
The Association will communicate primarily by email and postings to the Association’s website.
How much are the dues?
Membership dues are $25 annually for individuals and $40 annually for two or more adults (18 and over) residing in the same household. Lifetime Membership is available at $300 and may be paid in three equal annual installments.
Are dues and donations to the Association tax deductible?
The Association has filed for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS and it expects approval by early 2013.
Does the Association support any charities or other educational organizations?
At present, the Association does not support any other organizations. However, the Association intends to initiate an educational scholarship program when sufficient funds are available.
How do I join the Association?
Simply select your membership level by adding it to your cart and check out (by using your PayPal account or any major credit card).