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Texas First Families Certificate

To qualify for the certificate, applicants must prove direct or collateral descent from an ancestor who settled in Texas before February 19, 1846, the day of the ceremony on which the Republic of Texas turned the government over to the State of Texas. A collateral ancestor would be a brother, sister, uncle, or aunt of your Texas ancestor who was in Texas by this date. The relationship would have to be explained on the Line of Descent Chart.


 
Gone To Texas Pioneer Certificate

To qualify for a Pioneer Certificate, the applicant does not have to be a TSGS Individual Member. The applicant must prove direct descent from a person who was in Texas prior to 1886.


 

West Texas Pioneer Certificate

To qualify for a Pioneer Certificate the applicant must prove direct descent from a person who was in West Texas (as defined by list of 133 Counties attached) prior to 1901.


 

 

Certificate design is under development

 

 

Descendants Of Texas Rangers Certificates

To qualify for a certificate, an applicant must be directly or collaterally descended from someone who served as a Texas Ranger and who is deceased. A collateral ancestor is a brother or sister of the Texas Ranger. Applicants must be able to prove descent with official records for each generation. Official documentation showing that the applicant’s ancestor served as a Texas Ranger must be provided. Applicants do not need to reside in Texas or be members of the Texas State Genealogical Society.


 Greer County Pioneer Certificate

To qualify for a Pioneer Certificate the applicant must prove direct or collateral descent from settlers who lived in Greer County, Texas, before or by February 8, 1860 through 1901.

 
 

Texas State Genealogical Society Certificate Programs

 TSGS offers several certificate programs for pioneers and notable service to Texas. The same application form can be used for all Texas State Genealogical Society certificate programs by indicating at the top of the application form which program you are applying to. Applicants do not need to reside in Texas or be members of the Texas State Genealogical Society. Applicants must be able to prove descent with official records for each generation and for the qualifying service or settlement.

 These forms can be completed using a word processor or PDF program capable of filling in forms. You can then print the form with the entered data and mail it to TSGS. Be aware that if you use Adobe Acrobat Reader you cannot save the text you enter; with Acrobat Reader you must enter all of the application form data and print before you exit the program or you will lose all of the entered text. If you use other PDF programs, such as the free Foxit PDF Reader or Nitro PDF Reader, or some other PDF reader other than Acrobat Reader, you should be able to save the data and use multiple data entry sessions without losing data. If you have trouble entering data into the form you can print the form and hand-write the application data.

 Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions with answers are included with the application form in these linked files:

Download an application format that best fits your computer or comfort.

  PDF application form
  RTF (Rich Text Format) application form
  Microsoft Word 2007–2010 application form
  Microsoft Word 1997–2003 application form
     

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