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We offer two commemorative certificates for ancestors who were early settlers of Hopkins County. The First Families of Hopkins County certificate recognizes families who came to Hopkins County prior to March 25, 1871. The Pioneer Families of Hopkins County certificate recognizes families who came to Hopkins County between March 15, 1871 and March 25, 1896.

Anyone directly or collaterally descended from a Hopkins County resident from March 25, 1846 to March 25, 1896 may apply for this remembrance of his family history. Collateral descent must be through a brother or sister of the early resident of Hopkins County.

The information that applicants provide as proof of lineage will be a valuable addition to the history of Hopkins County and a source of information for future generations. Applicants must prove descent from the ancestor by an official record for each generation as well as proof that the ancestor was in Hopkins County by the date specified for whichever certificate is desired. Primary source documentation such as birth, death, and marriage records, probate records, census records, Bible and church records are preferred. Other records which may be acceptale include cemetery records, obituaries, court records, newspaper clippings, published county history and private papers such as letters, diaries and journals.

Neither Hopkins County residency nor HCGS membership is required of the applicant.

Only one ancestor will be inscribed on a certificate except when the ancestor and spouse both qualify. Contact HCGS for application papers and more detailed instructions. Cost per certificate is $25.