Heritage Certificates

The Texas State Genealogical Society is proud to offer family historians a heritage certificate program to recognize those with direct descent from Texas pioneers, and those with direct or collateral descent from a Texas Ranger.

TxSGS Heritage Certificate Instructions and Information

Available Certificates

TxSGS offers the following certificate programs for those with pioneers and for those with notable service to Texas in their lineage.

Application Process

  • The same application form can be used for all Texas State Genealogical Society certificate programs by indicating at the top of the application form to which program you are applying .
  • Applicants do not need to reside in Texas or be members of the Texas State Genealogical Society.
  • Applicants must be able to prove descent with acceptable documentation for each generation and for the qualifying service or settlement.
  • A supplementary family group sheet is included as well. You may make copies of it for each generation.
  • A separate application must be completed for each Texas ancestor (except in the case of a husband and wife) for which a certificate is desired.
  • The $30 fee must accompany each application and is non-refundable.
  • Completed submissions with application form, all supporting documentation, and payment should be mailed to: 

Texas State Genealogical Society
c/o Marynell Bryant
254 County Road 4705
Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482-1831

  • Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions with answers are included with the PDF application form.
  • An index of the ancestor and applicant names from volumes one and two of Texas First Families have been indexed and are available online.