Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society

The Florida State Genealogical Society's

Florida Pioneer Descendant Certificate Program

honors descendants of Florida pioneers who settled in Florida prior to statehood on 3 March 1845,

and Settlers & Builders of Florida who settled in Florida between 3 March 1845 and 31 Dec 1900.

 
To qualify for a Florida Pioneer Descendant Certificate, you will need to prove:
  • Residency of the Pioneer Ancestor
  • Your direct line of descent from the Pioneer Ancestor

Click Here for Pioneer Application Fees

We do encourage each applicant to become a member of the FSGS in order to enjoy the benefits that FSGS offers.  For further information on becoming a FSGS member please visit the Join or Renew section.
 

 
Click HERE or on the Pioneer Database link at the left under FLORIDA PIONEERS to see the approved Pioneers and Settlers & Builders.  The list is searchable by pioneer surname, descendant and certificate number. 
 
Be sure to join the FSGS Florida Pioneer Descendant group on Facebook.  Here you can meet other Pioneer descendants and ask your research and application questions.
 

  • Florida Pioneer Descendant Certificate - State  This award can be given to any person who shall provide documentary proof satisfactory to the committee, which establishes a solid chain of evidence that he or she has an ancestor who settled in Florida (present boundaries) prior to Florida's achieving statehood on 3 March 1845. The application and all supporting documentation shall remain the property of FSGS and the State Archives of Florida. 
  • Florida Pioneer Descendant Certificate - County This award can be given to any person who shall provide documentary proof satisfactory to the committee, establishing a solid chain of evidence that he or she has an ancestor who settled in a county of Florida (present boundaries) before the county was formed. The application and all supporting documentation shall remain the property of FSGS and the State Archives of Florida.
  • Settlers & Builders of Florida Certificate  This award is given to any descendant who can prove their direct lineal descent from an ancestor who was a resident in Florida between 3 March 1845 and 31 December 1900.   Applicants whose ancestor qualifies for both a State Pioneer Certificate and a Settlers & Builders Certificate may apply for one or the other of these certificate but not both.  (Applicants whose ancestor qualifies for both a County Pioneer Certificate and a Settlers & Builders Certificate may apply for both of these certificates.) The application and all supporting documentation shall remain the property of FSGS and the State Archives of Florida.
  • Florida Pioneer Researcher Certificate This award can be given to any person who has successfully completed the research on behalf of a Descendant to establish a previously undocumented Pioneer. The Researcher should not be a Descendant of this Pioneer.   The application shall remain the property of the FSGS and the State Archives of Florida.
  • Memorial Pioneer Certificate – Established to recognize deceased lineal descendants of a Florida Pioneer for whom an FSGS Florida Pioneer certificate (state or county) has been issued.

The Florida Pioneer Descendant Certificate application originals and documented proofs are contributed to the State Archives of Florida and become a permanent part of Florida history, located at:

State Archives of Florida

R. A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
850-245-6719

Most applications are also stored and available for research under controlled conditions at:  

Florida Historical Society's Library of Florida History
435 Brevard Avenue
Cocoa, Florida 32922
Contact the archivist at 321-690-1971 Ext 211 or by email.

 

Questions? Click here to email the Pioneer Committee Chair.