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Wisconsin STate Genealogical Society

WSGS Certificate Programs

WSGS issues certificates to qualifying applicants for the following:

  • Century Ancestor Certificate - awarded to applicants who submit evidence to prove direct descent of persons who settled in Wisconsin over 100 years prior to the date of application.
  • Homestead Certificate - awarded to applicants who submit evidence to prove direct or collateral descent from an individual that obtained a homestead in Wisconsin
  • Military War Ancestor Certificate - awarded to applicants who submit evidence to prove direct descent or collateral descent from an ancestor that was born, died, lived or served in Wisconsin.
  • Pioneer Ancestor Certificate - awarded to applicants who submit evidence to prove direct descent of persons who settled in Wisconsin prior to 1851.
  • Reunion Certificate - issued by the WSGS to families holding reunions.  

The information you provide us in this process will assist other researchers in their quest. WSGS understands that this requires a great deal of research on your part.  If you need clarification along the way, please feel free to e-mail the office  at wsgs@wsgs.org. Applications and instructions are available from the links above or under the Certificate Programs tab, or by writing or e-mailing the office.


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