We offer two commemorative certificates for ancestors who were early settlers of Hopkins County.
The Hopkins County Genealogical Society offers a commemorative FIRST FAMILIES OF HOPKINS COUNTY certificate for families who came to Hopkins County prior to March 25, 1871, and also a PIONEER FAMILIES OF HOPKINS COUNTY certificate for families in Hopkins County from March 25, 1871, to 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 permanent remembrance of his or her 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 acceptable 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.
Click here for to download the First/Pioneer Families Certificate Application.
$25 per certificate