Do you have deep Tennessee Roots?
Join us in recognizing the contributions of your Tennessee settler ancestors (before 1880.) The Tennessee Genealogical Society will provide an attractive certificate, suitable for framing, with the prime ancestor's name, date and place of settlement, to each person whose application meets program qualifications.
We invite you to place your ancestor(s) in this roll of honor.
Certificates are issued for one of five settlement periods:
Colonial -- prior to 1 June 1796
Territorial -- prior to 15 June 1836
Antebellum -- prior to 6 May 1861
Civil War -- 1861-1865 or applied for TN Confederate War Pension
Nineteenth Century -- prior to 31 Dec 1900
Click here --> Certificate Instructions for the application form and instructions.
Please print and complete the Certificate Application form and send it, along with your payment, to our office:
Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 381824
Germantown, TN 38183-1824
Save the file to your computer and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org AND
Pay on-line at our store TNGS Store
HISTORY of the Certificate Program
The Tennessee Ancestry Certificate Program was initiated during the 1986 Tennessee Homecoming Celebration. Under the program developed by Amelia (Pike) Eddlemon and Lincoln Johnson, certificates of ancestry are issued to persons providing documentary proof (family charts or computer printouts are not considered sufficient proof) that their ancestors resided in the area that is now Tennessee at any time from the first settlement in 1769 through the year 1880. Applications for the certificates have come from thousands of persons across the country and overseas -- all of them proud to proclaim their Tennessee ancestry.