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Early Pioneer Certificates

Early Pioneer Certificate
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Any direct descendant of an early pioneer who settled in the Illinois counties of Winnebago or Boone before 1880 may apply for an Early Pioneer Certificate. These certificates are awarded in either of two categories.

  1. The pioneer settled in Winnebago or Boone County before 1850 with the certificate bearing a gold seal with a blue ribbon.
  2. The pioneer settled in Winnebago or Boone County before 1880 with the certificate bearing a gold seal.

To qualify for an Early Pioneer Certificate, documented evidence must be furnished to confirm the lineage from the pioneer ancestor to the applicant. This evidence could be birth, marriage and death certificates, land records, census records, mention in city, county, and state histories, etc.

To obtain a certificate, fill in this form. The cost is $10.00 per certificate.