Family Certificates

Pioneer and Century Family Certificates are available from The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International to descendants of immigrants from the region known as Czechoslovakia and who meet the requirements described below:

A Pioneer Family Certificate will be awarded to an applicant who is directly descended from an immigrant ancestor who entered the North American continent prior to 1871.

A Century Family Certificate will be awarded to an applicant who is directly descended from an immigrant ancestor who entered the North American continent more than 100 years prior to the date of application.

Official records must be used to document the presence of an immigrant ancestor on the North American continent. Census records, church records (baptism certificates or marriage certificates), land records, military records, and probate records are examples of official documents. The earliest date shown on the records is on the documents is used to determine eligibility for either the Pioneer or the Century certificate.

A committee appointed by the president evaluates applications and recommends the awarding of certificates. The certificates are signed by the president and secretary.

For directions and an application form on how to apply, print out the application form. (PDF)