The South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society will issue three categories of certificates to direct descendants of the early residents of Cook or Will County, Illinois. For many years these ancestors have gone unrecognized. We hope that this certificate will be a source of pride for your family. Please request a certificate for yourself, your children, grandchildren, or others in their name.
These certificates would make a great gift for birthdays or other occasions.
To qualify for a certificate, your direct ancestor must have settled in Cook or Will County, Illinois during one of the following time frames:
- Pioneer – 1880 and earlier
- Settler – 1881 through 1900
- Early Resident – 1901 through 1930
The certificate is printed on parchment paper, has a gold seal and is suitable for framing.
Please submit copies (Do not send original documents) of evidence of residency and lineage. State the name of the ancestor and the name/s of the descendant/s to go on the certificate/s. State the year in which your ancestor lived here. Give the name of the township and town if known. Include your email address if you have one. A check for $10.00 for one certificate and $5.00 for each additional certificate ordered at one time, payable to SSGHS must accompany your request.
Please provide the following specific information for each certificate as you want it printed on each certificate:
- Name of person receiving certificate
- Name of ancestor
- Relationship of ancestor to person receiving certificate
- Name of spouse of ancestor (if you want it on certificate)
- Where ancestor lived
- Year ancestor lived there. (earliest date)
- Also, your email address in case clarification is required
- Are you a member of SSGHS? Yes____ No____
A check for $10.00 for one certificate and $5.00 for each additional certificate ordered at one time, payable to SSGHS.
Mail request to:
S.S.G.H.S. / Pioneer Certificate
3000 W. 170th Place, Hazel Crest, IL. 60429-1174
Acceptable forms of proof:
- Census records – copy of page with names, dates and location highlighted.
- Immigration records sometimes list where they were going.
- Naturalization records – with names, dates and location highlighted.
- Birth/Baptism records – can be used for the parents as well as the child with names, dates and location highlighted. A birth certificate for a child list the parents, where and when the child was born (The parents were usually close at hand).
- Marriage records – with names, dates and location highlighted.
- Death/Funeral home records – with names, dates and location highlighted.
- Obituaries stating they lived here during that period.
- Newspaper clippings – with names, dates and location highlighted.
- Books or Written Articles with a copy write date.
- In other words how DO YOU know they were here?
This is not the DAR, but we would like some kind of evidence.
Thank you for taking time to send this note and for the certificates. They are a great idea and everyone I have given one to really appreciates them. This certificate is for my boyfriend’s father.
– Anne from Illinois