How to apply for a Pioneer Certificate
A separate signed application is required for each certificate requested. More than one ancestor may
be identified on a certificate, but a separate application is required for each ancestor claimed. Type
or print all entries on the application. Legibility is important. A signed authorization granting
permission to publish and release data is required. Unsigned applications will be returned.
A complete application consists of the following:
An application form completed on BOTH pages. Only the current version
of the form provided by HOWGS will be accepted.
A Pedigree Chart showing the ancestral line(s) of
the person to whom the certificate is to be issued. Identify that person as number 1
on the chart. A HOWGS pedigree chart is provided with the application; however, any
standard Pedigree (or Ancestral) chart form, or a computer-generated form, on
8 1/2 x 11-inch paper may be used.
Proof of settlement by the date claimed (before 1856) and proof of direct descent.
The guiding principles for proof are that it should permit reviewers to reach conclusions
as to the validity of the claim without requiring additional research, and that sources
should be specifically identified so that reviewers can locate and verify them if necessary.
List the documents enclosed with the application in the space provided in the Proof/Remarks
section on the second page of the application. Specific considerations related to forms
of proof are defined in the instructions.
A check, payable to "HOWGS Certificate", for $12.00 (US) for each certificate
Send the completed application to: HOWGS Certificate, P.O. Box 1565, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-1565.
Click on the links below to obtain a detailed set of instructions, an application or to
request more information. Please read the entire instruction sheet in detail. Do not be intimidated by the documentation
required. HOWGS volunteers will be available to help you understand the requirements if necessary. The
instructions and application form are for both the Pioneer and Century
The instructions and application form are in PDF format which requires Adobe
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