African American Project

 Pioneer's




If you know of someone in your line who should be listed, follow the links below to get your application today.
The Florida State Genealogical Society's Florida Pioneer Descendants Certification Program honors descendants of Florida pioneers who settled in the Territory of Florida prior to Florida achieving statehood on 3 March 1845. See the description below for details for all certificates available.
 
In order to qualify for a Florida Pioneer Descendant’s Certificate, you will need to prove:
Residency of the Pioneer Ancestor
Your Direct Line of Descent from the Pioneer Ancestor
Click Here for Information about Applying for a Certificate
Click Here for Pioneer Application Fees

December 31 is the postmark deadline for Certificate Applications: However, we do encourage you to submit your application(s) early in the year. Each application is reviewed by two volunteers and can take up to 45 days to complete. Applications received after September 30th will be reviewed during the next year. Applications should be mailed to:  FSGS, Pioneer Program, P.O. Box 730454, Ormond Beach, FL 32173.

Florida Pioneer Descendant Certificate - State – This award can be given to any person regardless of his or her place of residence 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, 3 March 1845. The application and all supporting documentation shall remain the property of the Society and the Florida State Archives.
Florida Pioneer Descendant Certificate - County – This award can be given to any person, regardless of his or her place of residence, 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 the society and the Florida State Archives.
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 can apply for both of these certificates. 
Florida Pioneer Researcher Certificate – This award can be given to any person, regardless of his or her place of residence, who has successfully completed the research on behalf of a Descendant, to establish a new, previously undocumented Pioneer. The Researcher should not be a Descendant of this Pioneer, but they may be eligible to receive a Descendant's Certificate for a Pioneer in his or her own lineage. The application shall remain the property of the Society and the Florida State Archives.
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.


To see a List Of Florida's Pioneer's




 
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