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Wisconsin Pioneer Certificate

Wisconsin Certificate Sample 

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society issues Pioneer Certificates to individuals who can prove their ancestors settled in Wisconsin prior to 1851. 


Descendants of Gunder Bjornson (Gunil's grandfather) arrived in Wisconsin in 1842 and remained there for 10 years.  Gunder filed a land patent in 1846.


Visit the WSGS website for more information and the application.  Documents that can be used as proofs are listed below (all are in pdf format):


Proof of Wisconsin Residence prior to 1851

The land patent provides proof that Gunder resided in Muskego, Waukesha County, Wisconsin before 1851.

    Document #15107 - Acquisition #WI2770_.074

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Proof of Descent

Bjorn as Gunder and Kari's Son

The record of Bjorn's baptism from the Eggedal i Sigdal Churchbook 1815-1829

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Gunil as Bjorn's daughter

As the son of Gunder, the patronymic (used as a last name) was Gunderson

The record of Gunild's baptism from the MN: Fillmore County Baptisms 1854-1883 database

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Gunil as Thor's wife

Thor's Obituary provides proof of descent for Gunil's children  The Obituary lists Gunil as "Gunil Endru."  To verify that Gunil Bjornson is Gunil Endru and married Thor Hegland in 1887, their marriage license should clarify the relationship. 

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Sophie and Allette as Gunil's Children

Only Sophie and Allette had children

Obituary of Thor Hegland - McIntosh MN Times, October 30, 1941 Page 1

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Proofs for Sophie and Allette's Children

The 1930 Census can be used as proof of descent for both Sophie's and Allette's children.




Proofs for Successive Generations

Proofs for successive generations may/may not be on the website.  Copies of published obituaries, birth/death certificates, church and school records are acceptable proofs.
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