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Florida Pioneer Certificate Files

The Florida State Genealogical Society's Florida Pioneer Descendants Certification Program honors descendants of Florida pioneers who settled in the Territory of Florida prior to Florida achieving statehood on March 3, 1845.

Individuals must prove they have an ancestor(s) who settled in Florida when the territory was admitted as a state and trace and document an unbroken line of descendants from that ancestor to herself/himself  in order to receive a certificate stating they are officially Florida Pioneer Descendants.

Our collection of Florida Pioneer Certificate Files: 

  • Includes applications and supporting genealogical data for individuals who received a Florida State or County Pioneer Descendant Certificate.
  • Trace the genealogy of those living in a county at the time it was created, or in Florida prior to statehood.
  • Finding aids are organized by pioneer, descendant, and certificate number. 

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.