PIONEER & EARLY SETTLER OF WOODBURY COUNTY, IOWA
Woodbury County Genealogical Society Certificate Program
To receive a Pioneer Certificate, the applicant must descend directly from an ancestor who settled in Woodbury County on or before 1885 .
To receive an Early Settler Certificate, the applicant must descend directly from an ancestor who settled in Woodbury County on or before 1910 .
You need not be a current or past resident of Woodbury County or a member of the Woodbury County Genealogical Society to receive a certificate. Certificates will be issued upon verification by WCGS. Your application will be returned if you are not eligible.
Please send a written request with a #10 SASE for an application packet (or you may print these pages) l. The packet will include the instructions and application forms. A separate application must be submitted for each Pioneer or Early Settler for which a certificate (s) is requested. MAKE COPIES OF THESE FORMS PRIOR TO FILLING THEM OUT.
Instructions for Completing Application.
Read all instructions and forms before filling them out. If you have any questions write to the address listed below or e-mail your request for assistance to Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will be happy to answer any questions concerning the completion of the application, however, this will not include doing free research.
1. Application must be typed or legibly printed.
2. You may not be able to fill in all spaces, but enough must be completed and backed up with copies of proof to establish your direct line and residency of your pioneer. DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS, SEND PHOTOCOPIES. The application and documentation will not be returned. They will become property of the Woodbury County Genealogical Society and placed in the Pioneer Settler File that will be available as an informational resource.
3. The fee for each pioneer or early settler certificate will be $15.00, subject to change without notice.
4. USE MAIDEN NAMES FOR ALL WOMEN. Example: Jane Smith married John Doe. For her first marriage she will be listed as Jane Smith. For her second marriage she will be listed as Jane (Smith) Doe.
5. RECORD ALL DATES: Day of Month, 1st three letters of the month, Year. Example: 15 Dec 1880.
6. RECORD PLACE NAMES: City, County, State when possible. Example: Sioux City, Woodbury, IA
7. SEE BELOW FOR EXAMPLES OF PROOF THAT MAY BE USED.
MAIL APPLICATION TO:
Woodbury County Genealogical Society
Pioneer/Early Settler Certificate Program
P.O. Box 624
Sioux City, IA 51102-0624
EXAMPLES OF PROOF - A minimum of two items of documentation is required showing evidence of the pioneer’s settlement in Woodbury County. Documentation that is not issued by an official source must have a full reference, which includes the following: name of publication, publication date, page numbers, microfilm or microfiche sheet reference number, where the material was found (name and address of location, call number of book or periodical).
FEDERAL OR TERRITORIAL CENSUS: Information may be hand copied IF you include date census was taken, county, household numbers and page numbers. Relationships may be shown on federal census from 1880 on. Residency will be verified in census.
OFFICIAL VITAL STATISTIC RECORDS (birth, death and marriage). Birth records must have parents names listed. The mothers maiden name must be shown if your application is down through her line.
OFFICIAL COURT RECORDS such as wills, estates, citizenship’s, divorce, voting records, guardianships, land records and litigation. Abstracts of title may include many of the foregoing vital facts that you need. Many cemetery records provide a great deal of vital information such as family relationships.
MILITARY RECORDS, SCHOOL, AND CHURCH RECORDS.
ANCESTOR DIARIES and OLD FAMILY BIBLES may be used in some cases. Please do not use bibles after 1910 as there are many other forms of proof after that date.
DIRECT LINEAGE OF APPLICANT FOR
WOODBURY COUNTY CERTIFICATE
(The last entry on this form is the Woodbury County Pioneer Ancestor)
1. I,__________________________was born on___________________________________
City County State
I am the _____son, _____daughter of:
Date of their marriage_________________at_____________________________________
No. 2 above was the _____son,________daughter of:
Date of their marriage_________________at____________________________________
No. 3 above was the _____son,_______daughter of:
Date of their marriage___________________at_______________________________
No. 4 above was the______son, _______daughter of:
born on _________________at_______________________________________________
Date of their marriage ________________at____________________________________
No. 5 above was the ______son, ______daughter of:
Date of their marriage_________________at___________________________________
The following evidences of proof are submitted with this application to show that each
generation can be traced back to my Woodbury County Pioneer Ancestor:
(Please list proof on line to correspond with numbered lines above)
I hereby give my permission to WCGS to use information contained in this application for
publication of a book honoring Woodbury County pioneers at a future date.
Signature of Applicant _________________________________________Date___________________
FAMILY GROUP SHEET FOR MY WOODBURY COUNTY PIONEER ANCESTOR
PIONEER ANCESTOR’S NAME______________________________________________________
DATE OF EARLIEST
RESIDENCE IN STATE ___________________________WHERE____________________________
DATE BORN ____________________________________WHERE____________________________
DATE DIED _____________________________________WHERE____________________________
PIONEER’S OCCUPATION, MILITARY OR OTHER PUBLIC SERVICE:_______________________
PIONEER’S FATHER ___________________________PIONEER’S MOTHER____________________
OTHER WIVES/HUSBANDS OF PIONEER_______________________________________________
MY PIONEER ANCESTOR MARRIED___________________________________________________
(Name of spouse from whom I am descended)
MARRIAGE DATE _____________________________WHERE_______________________________
SPOUSE’S BIRTH DATE _______________________WHERE________________________________
SPOUSE’S DEATH DATE ______________________WHERE________________________________
SPOUSE’S FATHER __________________________SPOUSE’S MOTHER_____________________
CHILDREN OF PIONEER & ABOVE SPOUSE
NAME BIRTH DATE BIRTH PLACE SPOUSE
Did pioneer have children by another marriage? ___Yes ____No
List them as a separate family on another sheet.
WOODBURY COUNTY PIONEER/EARLY SETTLER CERTIFICATE APPLICATION
(As it is to appear on certificate)
WOODBURY COUNTY PIONEER ANCESTORS_______________________________________
(As name is to appear on certificate)
Check one: PIONEER WAS IN WOODBURY COUNTY BY____________, OR
EARLY SETTLER WAS IN WOODBURY COUNTY BETWEEN _____________ & _________________
PIONEER RESIDED IN _________________________________________________________IOWA
SOURCE OF PROOF_______________________________________________________________
(Must accompany this application)
PIONEER CAME FROM______________________________________________________________
I AM DESCENDED FROM (HIS/HER) MARRIAGE TO:______________________________________
(HE/SHE). ALSO QUALIFIED AS A PIONEER OF WOODBURY COUNTY ______YES _____NO
I AM APPLYING FOR A CERTIFICATE IN (HIS/HER) NAME _____YES ______NO
(To be mailed separately with documentation)
This is to certify that I have checked the submitted proof and find that the above named
pioneer was in Woodbury County by the time stated, and that the applicant qualifies
for Woodbury County Pioneer/Early Settlers Certificate.
Certificate issued this _____day of___________20_____
PIONEER CERTIFICATION COMMITTEE MEMBER
WOODBURY COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
Rejected as a
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Woodbury County Coordinator
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