Bulletin Staff Report

The Brown County Historical Commission continues to offer pioneer family certificates to those eligible who wish to apply for them.

The certificates are provided to descendants of ancestors who were living in Brown County prior to Dec. 31, 1910.

Jerry C. Spain, vice chairman of the commission, said since the program began in 1998, a total of 291 certificates have been issued, but family members must apply for them. A list of early pioneers approved by the commission is available from its Web site, www.browncountyhistory.com.

To be eligible, the applicant must have documentation showing family lineage to an early Brown County settler as well as prove that the ancestor either owned, leased or was living in Brown County before the end of 1910. A marriage license from Brown County alone is not adequate proof that a person was a resident of the county, Spain said.

An application must be completed and an $18 fee paid when the application is submitted to the commission. Only copies of documents proving residency and lineage will be accepted. No original documents should be submitted. Copies of deeds or census records are accepted, and some death notices will indicate when an ancestor moved to the county.

Applications for the program can be obtained from Spain, or from the Web site. Mail requests may be sent to him at 1507 Vincent St., Brownwood TX 76801, or sought by telephone at 646-2934.