Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society

Pioneer Descendant Certification Program

 

The Florida State Genealogical Society's Florida Pioneer Descendant Certification Program honors descendants of Florida pioneers who settled in the Territory of Florida prior to Florida achieving statehood on 3 March 1845. 
 
In order 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.  The list is searchable by pioneer surname, descendant and certificate number. This database is a work in progress with new information being added often.
 
 

Applications should be mailed to:

FSGS Pioneer Program, C/O Stickney, 33 Black Hickory Way, Ormond Beach, FL 32174

  • 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) before the state was admitted to the Union 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 FSGS Florida Pioneer Descendant Certificate application originals are stored and are available for research under controlled conditions at:  

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

Copies of applications 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

Questions? Click here to email the Pioneer Committee Chair.