Since 2016, the FCGS volunteers have aided members, relatives, and community members to earn one or more Heritage Certificates, totaling over 105 certificates thus far. These certificates recognize those directly descended from Texas pioneers or for those with notable service to Texas in their lineage.
Are you interested in applying for a Texas Heritage Certificate? FCGS can help! Please contact FCGS and indicate your interest in heritage certificates and researching if you or your family qualify for one or more of the certificates. Include in your communication that you want to work with one or more of the following FCGS volunteers:
These FCGS members and volunteers have years of experience helping community members conduct genealogical research and collect documents necessary for application. They can all provide valuable advice on how to complete the certificate application forms.
There are a variety of heritage awards available to apply for, for both the county and state levels:
Franklin County, Texas, awards its own heritage certificate, the "Franklin County First Family" certificate. An applicant must be a direct descendant from an ancestor who settled in what is now Franklin County, Texas, by 1880.
The following descriptions and heritage certificates come from the Texas State Genealogical Society's Heritage Certificates page, which also includes a link to the form and detailed application instructions: