The Villages Genealogical Society

Florida Pioneer Project

Pioneer Logo Image
Barb & Scrib Kelly at work...
This was our most recent project within The VGS. We were asked by the Florida State Genealogical Society to undertake the project of  digitizing Florida Pioneer applications.  Currently paper copies are only available at the Florida State Library and Archives in Tallahassee and the Florida History Museum in Cocoa Village.  FSGS needs digital copies for preservation and to be able to make them readily available on the internet.  Family Search assisted us with the loan of a high-speed scanner and will host the images on its website.
The Florida Pioneer Descendant Certification program started in 1979 as a way to honor those men and women who lived in Florida before it became a state on March 3, 1845.  To date, 1,859 Pioneers have been identified, and 2,977 descendants have received Pioneer certificates.   Many of these Pioneers have multiple descendants, and many descendants come from multiple Pioneers.  Each application has a "Line of Descent" chart and the required documents to prove each name, date, and location.  They usually range from 30 to 100 or more pages each.
This project has been completed and a full report will be available here. 
Thanks to everyone who helped complete this major undertaking.
FSGS Pioneer Descendant Certification Program
FSGS Pioneer database
Sample Application
See a Sample Certificate