East Texas Genealogical Society Photo: Neches Woman

First Families of East Texas

Certificate Program

East Texas Genealogical Society is issuing First Families of East Texas Certificates to the descendants of pioneers who lived in Anderson, Henderson, Panola, Rusk and Smith Counties before December 31, 1850 or in Gregg County before December 31, 1880. Our society is attempting to collect information about the early pioneers in order to preserve our past.

If you would like to know more about the eligibility process; the documentation requirements; and the cost of each certificate, click on the link below for the county where your pioneer ancestor lived. Applications can be downloaded and printed from each of these county sites.

Certified First Families
Click here for a list of Certified First Families for our six counties.