News Flash! Eighth Annual First Families of Bay County Certificates Award Ceremony
This year 12 brand new pioneers, 112 of their descendants, and six researcher were certified at the Annual Pioneer Picnic on June 6, 2015, hosted by the Historical Society of Bay County. There are now 79 certified pioneers. Check for your ancestor at the bottom of this page.
The First Families of Bay County, Florida, Certification Program seeks to identify and
honor the first families of Bay County, recognize their proven descendants, and promote
interest in the rich genealogical heritage and history of Bay County. This program is
administered by the Bay County Genealogical Society of Florida.
First Families of Bay County Certificate
The certificate will be awarded to any person who shall provide documentary evidence sufficient to
establish that said person is credibly descended directly from a pioneer who settled within
the present-day boundaries of Bay County, Florida, before the county was created.
The evidence submitted must establish, in the opinion of the First Families Committee,
that the specified pioneer was, in fact, a bona-fide resident of what is now Bay County
on or before 24 April 1913; and that the applicant is credibly descended from that pioneer.
The applicant need not be a resident of Bay County.
The applicant need not ever have been a resident of Bay County.
The applicant must submit a complete package of information, as described below, that credibly
establishes residency of the pioneer and descendancy of the applicant.
The applicant must include a non-refundable fee of $25 (check or money order - no cash)
with the application.
However, if the applicant is a member in good standing of BCGS, the fee will be $15
(check or money order; no cash).
Applications may be submitted at any time. Initial applications must be postmarked by 31 January, and revisions, if any, must be submitted by 30 April to be eligible for the annual June awards ceremony.
Decision of the judges regarding the adequacy of the submission is final.
Rules of Evidence
The Bay County Genealogical Society places great emphasis on the credibility of its
certificate program. We believe that to be meaningful, each certified pioneering family
and its descendant connection must be historically accurate. Therefore, BCGS adheres to
the highest standards presently in effect for genealogical evidence.