Shelby County Pioneer Certificate Program



Old Courthouse



Shelby County Pioneer Certificate Program Expanded

Shelby County Pioneer is a certificate program, founded in the year-2000, offered by the Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. and is designed to identify and honor the memory of the early residents of Shelby County Alabama. Anyone may apply. Applicants need not be residents of Shelby County Alabama, nor ever lived in the county. Separate certificates will be issued for each ancestor properly submitted.

Due to popular demand we have expanded the Pioneer Certificate Program, effective January 1, 2008.

The Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. will issue three categories of certificates to direct descendants of the early residents of Shelby County Alabama. For many years these ancestors have gone unrecognized. We hope that this certificate will be a source of pride for your family.

(1) PIONEER CERTIFICATE ...1830 or earlier.
(2) SETTLER CERTIFICATE ... 1831 through 1860.
(3) EARLY RESIDENT CERTIFICATE ... 1861 through 1900.

The criteria for Shelby County Pioneer Certificate Program include (1) Current member of the Shelby County Historical Society, Inc. If you are NOT a member of the Shelby County Historical Society, Inc.  click here  for a membership application. (2) Completion of the  Pioneer Certificate Program Application  for each certificate. (3) Documentation of proof of direct descent for each generation of each early settler. (4) $20.00 certificate fee for each submission.

For each qualifying ancestor you will receive a beautifully designed 8-1/2" x 11" certificate ready for framing. Each certificate is numbered and signed.
SEE PIONEER CERTIFICATE SAMPLE BELOW

Acceptable Sources of "Proof of Direct Descent" for each generation [Please number "Proof of Direct Descent" to correspond to each generation number.]:  (1) Census records. (2) Birth records. (3) Death records. (4) Marriage records. (5) Military records. (6) Land records. (7) Wills. (8) Obituaries or Funeral Home records. (9) Tombstone inscriptions or cemetery records, name and location of cemetery. (10) Estate records. (11) Bible records. (12) Books or written articles with proof of copyright date. Please submit copies [do not send original documents] of evidence of direct descent for each generation.

Documentation will be filed in the archives of the Shelby County Museum and Archives to help preserve the history of your ancestor and will be made available for public research.

CLICK HERE  for the Shelby County Alabama Pioneer Certificate Program Application
Please contact  Bobby Joe Seales  with questions concerning this Pioneer Certificate Program.


Please mail (1) "Pioneer Certificate Program Application" with documentation of "Proof of Earliest Year" ancestor lived in Shelby County Alabama
(2) Copy of documentation of "Proof of Direct Descent" for each generation  (3) and $20.00 certificate fee to

SHELBY COUNTY PIONEER CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Shelby County Historical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 457
Columbiana, AL 35051



Pioneer Certificate Sample
[this sample is not the actual size of original certificates]

Certificate Sample