Pioneer Certificate is a project of the Calhoun County
Genealogical Society (CCGS). Its purpose is to honor and collect
data about the early residents of Calhoun County, Michigan and
their descendants. This information will be a valuable addition
to the history of the county and will provide a source of
genealogical information for future research.
early residents are invited to apply for a Calhoun County Pioneer
Certificate. Certificates will be given in three categories
according to earliest settlement of the applicants ancestor
and will be of frameable quality.
Applicants must prove descent from an early Calhoun County
resident. Each ancestor in the direct line must be proved.
The seal on the
certificate will be based on the year that the ancestor first
settled in Calhoun County. The categories are:
. . . . . . . . . Pioneer. . . . .Gold Seal
1861-1890 . . . . . . . . Settler. . . . .Silver Seal
1891-1920. . . . . . . . .Builder. . . . Printed Seal
not be residents of Calhoun County or members of CCGS.
The Calhoun County Pioneer Certificate Application form may be
requested from CCGSPioneer Project, P.O. Box 879,
Marshall, MI 49068. Please include a #10 self-addressed,
stamped envelope. The application should be completed following one
direct line. It should be either typed or carefully printed in
You may also print the application from this web site.
fee of $10.00 must accompany the completed application form and
proof of descent. Additional certificates for descendants of the
same applicant may be requested at the same time for a fee
of $5.00 each. These descendants MUST BE PROVEN (i.e. to obtain a
certificate for your child you would prove his/her descent from
you with a birth certificate or some other form of Primary
Evidence). List names for additional certificates on the
Application form. Attach additional sheets to the lineage chart
if space is needed. All certificates will be mailed to the
Women must be
identified by their maiden names.
Dates must be
written as day month year (example: 1 Jan 1900).
incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant for
corrections or additions.
Descent shall be proven using primary sources. In the few cases
where that is not possible, secondary sources, or preponderance
of evidence may be accepted. Please include proofs for spouses also.
To ensure that the
certificate is the result of credible genealogical research, the
following Primary Sources are deemed acceptable: Vital
Records (birth, marriage, death); Probate Records; Land Records;
Tax Records; Census Records (state, federal); Military Records (state
and federal); Church, Mortuary, Cemetery and Court Records,
official School Records.
The inclusion of
the following Secondary Sources is encouraged but may not
be acceptable as proof of lineage: Bible records; obituaries and
newspaper clippings; tombstone inscriptions; published family
histories; published county histories; published biographical
records; city and county directories; Atlas and Plat Books;
unofficial School Records; private papers, diaries, journals and
documents must show a complete source, such as author, title,
year of publication, page number, Vol. number, type of document,
and/or location of original document. (Example: for marriage: Vol
IV, p. 307, #505, Calhoun County, MI.) All application forms and
verifying materials will become the property of the CCGS. No Original Documents Should Be Sent. Send
photocopies or other facsimile of pertinent materials. All copies
must be clear and readable.
While not required,
we encourage submission of additional information to give
dimension to the subjects, such as a biographical sketch of the
ancestor, family group sheets, etc.
eligibility shall be determined by a committee consisting of CCGS
members. The committees decision shall be final.
copies of proof of descent and a check or money order ($10.00 for
original application and $5.00 each for any additional
certificates) payable to the CCGSPioneer Project should be
P.O. Box 879
Marshall, MI 49068
We invite all
persons to pursue their interest in family history research by
joining the CCGS. A membership form has been included for your
We encourage you
to make a copy of your Application and Lineage Chart for your own