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Blue Hills Genealogical Society -
Barron County, Inc.

Pioneer Ancestor and Century Ancestor Certificate Program


   The Blue Hills Genealogical Society-Barron County is sponsoring Pioneer and Century Ancestor certificate programs.

  The PIONEER  Ancestor Certificate will be awarded to any person who can provide evidence of descent from a Barron County resident who settled in in Barron County prior to January 1, 1871.

    The CENTURY Ancestor certificate will be awarded to any person who can provide evidence of descent from a Barron County resident who settled in Barron County 100 years prior to the application date.  Specific details of essential evidence of descent are set forth in the instructions on the application for the certificates.

    Applications may be obtained from this website (click on links below) or by writing the Blue Hills Genealogical Society-Barron County, P. O. Box 383, Cameron, WI 54822.  Multiple applications for different pioneers may be submitted at the same time. Each applicant submission is a $10.00 fee (effective May 11, 2009).

    All Pioneer or Century applications must be received on or before September 1 to be reviewed and evaluated.  If  approved, the certificates will be awarded the same year  at the annual "members only" banquet, typically held in October.  Membership is not mandatory; to apply for or to be awarded Pioneer and/or Century Ancestor Certificates. 

    Applicants are encouraged to include photographs of their ancestors with their certificate applications.  These photographs may show their ancestors in some activity, with their family or at their homestead.

    The purpose of the Certificates program is to recognize families with Barron County roots, encourage people to undertake genealogical research, develop a database of information for researchers, and to improve the quality of genealogical research.

    "We are very excited about this program," said BHGS-Barron County Inc., past president Denise Ervasti.  "We hope many people will take the challenge.  Applicants don't have to live in Barron County.  They just need to be descendants of a pioneer who settled here either before 1871 or 100 years ago.  We are looking forward to illuminating the history of our county with this information.  We consider this an ongoing program to encourage people to research their Barron County roots."

    The application form and instructions for these certificates can be reviewed and printed.  To see a list of documented Barron County, WI Pioneer Ancestors and Century Ancestors, click here.

    A Pedigree Chart can be viewed and printed for your use by going to the Genealogical Forms Link.


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