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Pioneer Certificates - The 411
Complete and sign all the forms.
Make a photocopy of any record showing the pioneer's earliest known residency in the county (examples - census record, land record, property tax record, etc.)
Make photocopies of documents showing the relationship of each subsequent person on a lineage chart to the individual immediately preceding it on the chart. (Examples - birth, marriage, or death record; church or school record; obituaries or other newspaper articles, etc.)
Return the application forms and related material, together with a $5.00 filing fee (per certificate) to:
WGGS Pioneer Certificate Committee
P.O. Box 24,
Wilmington, IL 60481
The certificate will have both names - the pioneer and the descendant - as well as the earliest date in the county on the certificate.
Pioneer Certificate Application