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Pioneer Certificate Application Process

The Sioux Valley Genealogical Society has been issuing PIONEER CERTIFICATES to the direct line descendants of the pioneers who lived in Dakota Territory prior to statehood in November 1889. These beautiful, authentic certificates are suitable for framing. Our Society is attempting to collect information on every one of the pioneers in order to preserve our past history. If you would like to have your pioneer ancestor included, send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with a request for a Pioneer Certificate application.

Download Pioneer Certificate Application (PDF)

Print & Mail Form to:
Sioux Valley Genealogical Society
200 W 6th St
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6001

Cost per certificate: $10 members; $15 non-members

Pioneer Certificates Database

This database is a list of Pioneers (those people who lived in Dakota Territory prior to statehood in Nov. 1889) for whom descendants have been issued Pioneer Certificates.

Sioux Valley Genealogical Society retains all applications for certificates which can be viewed in the library. You may request a copy by writing to:

Sioux Valley Genealogical Society
200 W. 6th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6001

City Of Sioux Falls Biographies
These Biographies are from
“History of Minnehaha County – 1899”.

1903 Minnehaha County Plat Index