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.
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.