WASHINGTON STATE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
1901 S 12th Ave, Union Gap, WA 98903-1256
PIONEER PROJECT SERIES IV
Series IV of the pioneer project is now under way and will be ongoing. This phase is for both pioneers and first citizens who must have arrived in the state prior to 31 Dec 1900. Certificates will be issued to descendants, of those pioneers and first citizens, upon satisfactory completion of the application and approval by the WSGS Certificate Chmn.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING APPLICATION
Read all instructions and study forms before starting to fill them out. If you have any questions write to the address listed below or your local genealogical society.
1. Only one application, accompanied by documentation, will be accepted per envelope.
2. If you wish certificates for more than one pioneer ancestor, MAKE COPIES OF THESE FORMS PRIOR TO FILLING THEM OUT.
3. 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,
4. The fee for the first certificate for one pioneer is $10.00. Other members of your family may obtain certificates for the same pioneer and issued in their names for $5.00 each. To qualify for this reduced rate they must be mailed with the first one to the same address.
5. 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.
6. RECORD ALL DATES: Day of Month, 1st three letters of month, Year.
Example: 11 Apr 1880
7. RECORD PLACE NAMES: City, County, State when possible. Example:
Seattle, King, WA
8. SEE BELOW FOR EXAMPLES OF PROOF THAT MAY BE USED.
MAIL APPLICATION TO:
3811 McLean Dr
Yakima, WA 98902
EXAMPLES OF PROOF
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, citizenships, 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.