Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society

Pioneer Descendant Certification Program

Historic Florida

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.
 
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 Pioneer Application Fees

We do encourage each applicant to become a member of the FSGS in order to enjoy the benefits the 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.
 
 

September 30 is the postmark deadline for Pioneer Descendant 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:  Amy Crabill Lay, FSGS Pioneer Committee, P.O. Box 15352, Tampa, Florida  33614.

  • 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.
  • 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.

The FSGS Florida Pioneer Descendant Certificate application originals are stored and are availble 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 Florida State Archives and become a permanent part of Florida history, located at:

Bureau of Archives and Records Management
R. A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
850-245-6719

Questions? Click here to email the Pioneer Committee Chair.