Calling all pioneers!

        If your ancestor paved the way in this county when pine was king, we welcome you to apply for your Montcalm County Pioneer Family Certificate.
        Flat River Historical Society and Museum
        213 N. Franklin Street, Greenville, Michigan 48838
        (616) 754-5296
You can E-mail Kelly @  frhsmuseum@att.net for an application.

Montcalm County Pioneer Family Certificate Application
Flat River Historical Society and Museum

INSTRUCTIONS/REQUIREMENTS

  • A direct descendant of an individual who can be documented as living in Montcalm County prior to December 31, 1899 is eligible to apply for the Montcalm County Pioneer Family Certificate.
  • Application and $25 payment for the Montcalm County Pioneer Family Certificate will tie to one pioneer ancestor only. If you have multiple direct pioneer ancestors, an application and payment must be submitted for each.
  • Proof for each generation leading back to the pioneer ancestor must be submitted with the application. Submit documentation of proof along with the provided generation sheet. Start with yourself and go back generation by generation to the ancestor who makes you eligible for the certificate.
  • Submit photocopies only of documents for proof, as submissions will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Various types of docuements may be used as proof, with the exception of handwritten extracts of documents, manuscripts/stories written by the applicant or applicant’s family, and any uncited work gleaned from any undocumented source. (see additional instructions sheet).
  • All applicants must pay the $25 application fee at the time of submittal. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks to receive your certificate upon review and approval of your application.
  • If the application is rejected for insufficient proof, you will be contacted and given the opportunity to submit the necessary documentation. No refunds will be given.
  • If you wish to have the research of proof of your pioneer ancestor completed for you by the museum archivist and genealogist, you may do so for a $75 fee plus any additional costs that may be required to obtain documentation. This fee includes the cost of the certificate you will receive.
  • Applicants who receive the Montcalm County Pioneer Family Certificate will be announced in our quarterly Logmark

 

 

 

Montcalm County Pioneer Family Certificate Instructions

  1. Montcalm County persons living in the county prior to December 31, 1899 qualify as a Pioneer.
  2. You must prove your direct relationship to this person through each generation with supporting evidence.  Follow your family line starting with yourself back to the pioneer ancesto using the Family Tree Chart provided. Fill in the appropriate data on the family line (father’s, mother’s, father’s father, etc) that corresponds with the pioneer ancestor you wish to prove.
  3. Submit photocopies of supporting evidence (primary and secondary) with your ancestor’s name highlighted for easy viewing.PRIMARY evidence includes: vital statistics including birth, death, and marriage certificates. Courthouse documents or other government records: military, land records, deeds, wills, naturalization records, tax lists. Church records of baptism, birth, marriage, death. School records.

    SECONDARY
    evidence includes: Census (federal and state) with year, town/township and page number recorded. Newspaper clippings and obituaries with the name of the publication and page number. County histories and genealogical society articles and publications with source citations. Tombstone inscriptions, cemetery and funeral home records.

CIRCUMSTANTIAL evidence is not considered proof but can be used in support of primary or secondary sources. Such circumstantial evidence may include family histories (oral or written) that are not sourced.

  1. Handwritten forms must NOT be in cursive and must be legible. To avoid confusion, dates are best written in day, month, year form with the month spelled out. Ex. 20 JAN 1899. Year MUST NOT be abbreviated. Use 1899, not ’99.

Questions may be addressed and answered by emailing the Flat River Historical Society and Museum archivist at frhsmuseum@att.net.

** Applications may be submitted in person or by emailing scanned documents to the museum email listed above. Email submissions will not be reviewed until $25 payment has been received.

 

 

 Montcalm County Pioneer Family Certificate Application Form ($25 certificate fee)

 

Applicant name/s: ________________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________________________

Email address: ____________________________________________________________

Telephone: _______________________

NAME OF PIONEER ANCESTOR to appear on certificate ____________________________

Name/s of applicant to appear on certificate ____________________________________
Additional certificates may be requested for $10 each. Please indicate number of additional certificates requested _________________

 

Application checklist
before you submit this application, please double check that you are eligible and that you are submitting the correct documented evidence for each generation.

  • Pioneer ancestor living in Montcalm County prior to December 31, 1899
  • Family Tree Generation Chart filled out from my generation to the generation of the pioneer ancestor
  • Family Tree chart is filled out legibly and accurately to the best of my knowledge
  • Copies of supporting documents for each generation from me to the pioneer ancestor is submitted
  • Payment for the Pioneer Certificate and any additional certificates submitted to support the Flat River Historical Society and Museum

 

 

MUSEUM USE ONLY

Certificate # _______________         Pioneer name ___________________________________

Pioneer is in the same family as certificate # _______________________

Payment received ___________        Certificate mailed ________________________________