JACKSON COUNTY MICHIGAN
PIONEER CERTIFICATE PROJECT
Jackson County Pioneer Certificate Program
JACKSON COUNTY, MICHIGAN
The Jackson County Genealogical Society and the Jackson County Historical Society announce the creation of the Jackson County Pioneer Certificate Project. Through the dedication, sacrifice, and hard work of the families that came here during the early years, the county has grown and prospered. The date of 1 August 1832, is recognized as the organization of Jackson County (it was approved on 26 June 1832, but not effective until 1 August). The County of Jackson, Michigan celebrated 175 years in 2007. It is with that Celebration in mind that the Jackson County Pioneer Certificate Project has been enacted to honor the Pioneers of Jackson County.
Our purpose is to honor and collect data about the early residents of Jackson County, Michigan and their descendants. This information will benefit both the Genealogical Society and the Historical Society in adding valuable history of our early settlers and providing information for future research in our county.
We are asking the descendants of these early pioneers to apply for a Jackson County Pioneer Certificate, which will be given in four categories recognizing the settlement and growth of Jackson County. The Certificate will be based on the year that the Ancestor first settled in Jackson County. The categories are:
First Families -- pre 1841
Founders -- 1841 - 1861
Settler -- 1862 - 1881
Builder -- 1882 - 1907
Industrialist -- 1908 - 1940
ELIGIBILITY: The applicant must directly descend from an ancestor who ‘resided’ in Jackson County, prior to the 1940 date. The applicant must be able to prove descent from the ancestor (male or female) by official record or records for each generation, including proof for the applicant. Current Jackson County residency is not required to receive a Pioneer Certificate.
INSTRUCTIONS: The Jackson County Pioneer Certificate Application form may be requested from the
The Jackson County Genealogical Society
Jackson County Pioneer Certificate Project
PO BOX 188
JACKSON, MI 49204
Please include a #10 self-addressed, and stamped envelope.
All Application Forms and Verifying proofs and materials will become the property of both the Jackson County Genealogical Society and the Jackson County Historical Society.
Do not send Original Documents--Send only photocopies of pertinent material--copies should be clear and readable.
Submission of additional information is encouraged but not required, to give dimension to the subject, such as Biographical Sketch of the Ancestor, Family Group Sheets, etc.
We invite and encourage you to submit your Application Form to this Project, and remember to make a copy of your Application and Information for your own records.
Click on "Pioneer Certificate Application" below to receive your application on line.
© The Jackson County Genealogical Society, 2014
PO BOX 188
JACKSON, MI 49204
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