Skagit County Pioneer Certificates
The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society will issue Pioneer Certificates to direct descendants of early Skagit County settlers.  Because many of our settlers have been common, ordinary people, they have gone unnoticed in the history of our county.  This is a means to gather information to honor them.  In addition to receiving a Pioneer certificate, applicants will be helping to preserve the history of Skagit County pioneers. 

Eligibility: To qualify for a Pioneer Certificate, the applicant must document direct descent from an Ancestor who came to the Skagit County area, Washington Territory.  The applicant need not presently reside in Skagit County.  There are four types of certificates available: 

Skagit County Founding Pioneer  - before Skagit County became a county on  November 28,1883.
Skagit County Territorial Pioneer - November 28, 1883 to Washington Statehood on November 11, 1889
Skagit County Pioneer Citizen  - born in Skagit County prior to November 11, 1889
Skagit County Century Pioneer - an ancestor who was a resident of Skagit County more than 100 years prior to the date of application. 

Applicant need not be a resident of Washington State.  After proof of descent has been submitted with application fee and eligibility has been verified, the appropriate Certificate will be mailed to the address on the application.  A separate certificate will be issued for each properly documented ancestor.  If an applicant desires additional certificates for the same pioneer ancestor, proof needs to be submitted only one time.  Additional certificates may be obtained by providing the name of the previously documented ancestor   with a document number and relationship to the ancestor.

 Instructions
1.        A separate application is required for each certificate requested.  The name of only one ancestor can be identified on a          certificate.  Type or print all entries.  Legibility is important.

2.        A complete application consists of the following:

(a)    An application form completed on both sides.   Only the current version of the form provided by SVGS will be        accepted.  Applications submitted on other forms will be returned for resubmission on the proper form.  The second page of the application form calls for a listing of the known children of the ancestor, not the applicant.

(b)    A pedigree chart showing the ancestral line(s) of the person to whom the certificate is to be issued.  The chart must           begin with the person to whom the certificate is to be issued and extend through the ancestor.  The chart should include the dates and places of birth, death and marriage to the best of the applicant's ability to provide them.  A pedigree chart is provided with the application form; however, any standard pedigree chart form (including computer generated charts) is acceptable. 

(c)     Always include the maiden name of all females as well as given names of ancestors.

(d)    One copy of a document per generation should be enclosed to prove your lineage.  Do not send originals.  Each            generation must be documented.   A list of acceptable types of documentation is shown below.

3.        Include a check or money order, made payable to Skagit Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) in the amount of $5.00 for  each certificate requested.

Acceptable Types of Documentation (Proof):
1.        FEDERAL OR TERRITORIAL CENSUS.  Information may be hand copied IF you include date census was taken,        household numbers and page numbers.  Relationships may be shown on federal census  from 1880 on.  Residency will be verified in the census.
2.        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.
3.        OFFICIAL COURT RECORDS such as wills, estates, citizenships, divorce, voting records, tax roll 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.
4.        MILITARY RECORDS, SCHOOL AND CHURCH RECORDS
5.        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. 

Disclaimer
All applications and documents proving lineage become the property of Skagit Valley Genealogical Society.  It may be possible that sometime in the future our society may decide to publish material from your submissions, unless otherwise indicated.  Please check the box below if you do not want your material published.
{  } Permission granted to include my information in any future publications of Skagit Valley Genealogical Society.   For future publication, please submit a short biography of your ancestor including all children of your ancestor, and a photograph, if desired
{  }   DO NOT publish my information in any publication of Skagit Valley Genealogical Society.

 Please allow several weeks for us to process your application and verify your information.

Send all materials needed to complete the application for each certificate to:

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 715
Conway, Washington 98238-0715

PIONEER LINEAGE of SKAGIT COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Please print or type legibly
1.       I, _______________________________ was born on ___________ at__________________________
                                                                                                                        City            County              State
        I am the _______ son, _______ daughter of:

2.    __________________________________________________________________________________
Born on ___________________________ at _______________________________________________
Died on ___________________________ at _______________________________________________
AND ________________________________________________________________ (his/her spouse)       
Born on __________________________ at ________________________________________________
Died on __________________________ at ________________________________________________
Date of their marriage _______________________ at _________________________________________
No. 2 above was the  _____ son, ______ daughter of:

 3.    ___________________________________________________________________________________
       Born on ____________________ at _____________________________________________________
       Died on ____________________ at _____________________________________________________
      AND ________________________________________________________________ (his/her spouse)     
      Born on ____________________ at ___________________________________________________             
       Died on ____________________ at _____________________________________________________        
       Date of their marriage _______________________at ________________________________________
       No. 3 above was the   _____ son, _______ daughter of:

4.    __________________________________________________________________________________
Born on ___________________________ at _______________________________________________
Died on ___________________________ at _______________________________________________
AND ________________________________________________________________ (his/her spouse)  
Born on __________________________ at ________________________________________________   
Died on __________________________ at ________________________________________________    
Date of their marriage ________________ at ________________________________________________   
No. 4 above was the _______ son, _______ daughter of: 

5.      ___________________________________________________________________________________
Born on ___________________________ at _______________________________________________
Died on ___________________________ at _______________________________________________
AND ________________________________________________________________ (his/her spouse)   
Born on ___________________________ at _______________________________________________
Died on ___________________________ at _______________________________________________    
Date of their marriage _________________ at _______________________________________________
No. 5 above was the  ______ son, ______ daughter of:

6.       ___________________________________________________________________________________
Born on ___________________________ at _______________________________________________
Died on ___________________________ at _______________________________________________
AND ________________________________________________________________ (his/her spouse)   
Born on ___________________________ at _______________________________________________    
Died on ___________________________ at _______________________________________________    
Date of their marriage _________________ at _______________________________________________            

DOCUMENTATION
The following evidences of proof are submitted with this application to show that each generation can be traced back to my ancestor.  (Please list proof on line to correspond with numbered individuals above).     
1)         _____________________________________   2)    _________________________________
3)         _____________________________________   4)    _________________________________
5)         _____________________________________   6)    _________________________________

ANCESTOR BIOGRAPHY:      (Use blank sheet of paper if more space is needed.  Photo appreciated if available.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATES    (Ordered at the same time)
The following members of my family wish to have certificates issued in their names for the above pioneer ancestor.
1)         _____________________________        Relationship: ____________Proof of Descent ________________
2)         _____________________________        Relationship: ___________  Proof of Descent ________________
3)         _____________________________        Relationship:  ___________ Proof of Descent ________________

(Additional certificates may be ordered on  a separate sheet of paper giving same information as above)
Did pioneer have children by another marriage?               ____ Yes         ____ No
List them as a separate family on another sheet.

 PIONEER CERTIFICATION COMMITTEE MEMBER
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society

This is to certify that I have checked the submitted proof and find that the above named pioneer was in Skagit County by the time stated, and that the applicant qualifies for a ________________________________ Certificate. 

                                              Certificate No. issued this ___________ day of _________,  200___                                                 SVGS Representative:____________________________________