The following links will take you to the Nebraska GenWeb Project's Nebraska Pioneers & Registry of Nebraska Pioneers web pages. The web pages were developed and are maintained by Ted and Carol Miller.
Otoe County Genealogical Society's Pioneer Certificate Program: Please mail your applications to:
Barbara Wilhelm, 1790 H RD, Unadilla, NE 68454 OR Mary Hanke, 12822 Emiline ST, Omaha, NE 68138-3225
Many of the early pioneers who have helped make Nebraska a great state have been lost in history because no other information existed except in family records. In order to gather information on these pioneers, the Otoe County Genealogical Society is issuing certificates to direct descendants of a person who lived in Otoe County, Nebraska as of 31 December 1900. Eligibility classifications for these certificates are:
1. Territorial: Prior to 1 March 1867
2. Pioneer: 1 March 1867 - 31 December 1880
3. Early Settler: 1 January 1881 - 31 December 1900
To apply for a certificate, all an applicant needs to do is complete the Pioneer Application and Line of Descent forms listed below, and then submit adequate documentation to substantiate the information included in the line of descent chart. This documentation need only be an official record of some type (i.e. census records, obituaries, county histories, birth, death or marriage records, school or church records, newspaper clippings or any other types of records showing proof). *Please do not send original copies of these records, only photocopies.
The application, line of descent chart, and documentation sent to establish eligibility for a certificate will be kept on file in the Genealogy Reference Section of the Unadilla Community Library in Unadilla, Nebraska for future genealogical researchers to reference. The cost of the certificate is $15.00 which covers the cost of printing and shipping & handling.
Pioneer Certificate Below:
Territorial Certificate Below: