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2019 Winter Quarterly
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Welcome to the Idaho Genealogical Society Certificate Program!
Two certificates are offered:

Pioneer - direct descendant of persons who lived in Idaho prior to statehood (3 July 1890)
Early Settlers - direct descendant of persons who lived in Idaho anytime between 3 July 1890 and 31 December 1900.
Please read the instructions in full before submitting your application. To print a pdf copy of the instructions, Click here. The form is found here: Application and Pedigree Chart
[Note: The form is an Acrobat (pdf) fillable form. The developers of the new Microsoft Edge internet browser chose not to support ActiveX plug-ins. Therefore the Acrobat/Reader plug-in won't work. If you are using the latest version of Mozzila Firefox, the default setting is to open pdf forms in preview mode, so the "fillable forms" capability will not work unless you change the default. In either case, all you have to do is click on the "Download" icon (Firefox), or "Save as" icon (Microsoft Edge) and download the form to your computer's hard drive. Open the downloaded file in your computer's installed pdf reader (e.g. Acrobat reader DC), fill it out, print, and mail. If you are using any other browser (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) you will be able to fill in the form right in the browser window that opens and then print (and save a copy to your hard drive if you choose to), and mail your application.]
Acceptable Documentation:
Unacceptable documentation:
Cost: The cost for the first certificate is $20. Additional certificates may be requested and there is no limit. For every supplementary certificate an additional application must be provided. The cost per additional certificate is $20. For members of the Idaho Genealogical Society, the cost for each additional certificate is $10.
Checklist: Be sure to complete all sections of the application and pedigree chart, include copies of all proof documents and payment for each certificate requested.
Send ONE copy of the completed application on letter size paper, including the application, pedigree chart, and necessary proofs, along with $20 and additional fees for supplementary certificates (checks only, no cash!> to:
Idaho Genealogical Society
P O Box 190828
Boise, ID 83719-0828
Please note if you would like your certificate mailed to an alternate address.
DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS! They will not be returned. Please do not fold your papers.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email:
Thank you and we look forward to honoring your Early Idaho ancestor!