Butte County Pioneer Settler Certificate Program
was initiated by the Paradise Genealogical Society
as a way to celebrate the beginning of the new
millennium. The descendants of early settlers in
Butte County or the area which became Butte County
may be eligible for a pioneer certificate on
verification of their application and
documentation. The certificates are issued for one
of the following four time periods in county
history based on when the pioneer settled in the
area that is now Butte County.
1. 1844 to June 1846
-- during the period when Land Grants were issued
2. June 1846 to March
1848 -- during the Bear Flag Revolt.
3. March 1848 to 9
September 1850 -- during the period when gold was
discovered in the county and the early years of
the Gold Rush.
4. 9 September 1850
to 1921 -- during the period when California
became a state and Butte County was organized by
the Act of 1850, through 31 December 1920.
1. The applicant must
be a direct descendant of the pioneer settling in
Butte County during one of the designated periods
above, but does not have to be a current or past
resident of this county or a member of the
Paradise Genealogical Society (PGS).
2. Verification of
eligibility will be done by PGS. Your submitted
paperwork will be returned if you are not
On written request,
and a #10 SASE, you will receive one application
packet which will include instructions and
application forms (or you may print these pages).
A separate application packet must be submitted
for each individual Pioneer Settler Certificate
1. Application must
be typed or legibly printed.
2. A family group
sheet must be provided for each generation after
the pioneer settler.
3. A minimum of two
items of documentation is required showing
evidence of the
settlement in Butte County.
4. Dates should be
shown as follows: Ex. 17 March 1899. Be sure to
spell out the month and include the complete year.
5. Send photocopies
only. Do not send original documents. The
application and the documentation will not be
returned. They will become property of the
Paradise Genealogical Society and placed in the
Pioneer Settler History File that will be
available as an informational resource in our
6. Acceptable items
of documentation are as follows:
a. Birth, Marriage, Death:
Copy of official certificate,
bible record, church record, statement from
cemetery on official letterhead and
including the tombstone inscription, newspaper
notice or obituary with
the name and
date of the paper.
b. Census: Copy from the state
or US census film or book, including the year and
c. Land Records: Copy of
record, including the Grantee/Grantor Index.
d. Directories: Copy from the
city or county directory.
e. County Histories: Copy must
of Butte County by George C. Mansfield
of Butte County by Wells & Chamberlain.
Letters/Journals: Copy must include date.
g. Military Records: Copy from
National Archives or of original papers.
h. Probate Records:
i. Will or Administration
Documentation that is
not issued by an official source, must have a full
reference, which includes the following: name of
publication, publication date, page number,
microfilm roll or microfiche sheet reference
number, where the material was found (name and
address of the location, call number of book or
Certificates for each
pioneer settler will be $20.00, this includes the
name plate for the Pioneer Settler Plaque located
in the Paradise Society library.
You may have the name
of both pioneer settler and spouse on the
certificate, provided the spouse also meets the
application criteria (see #3 under Preparation of
Application) and the fee for both is included.
A Certificate for the
pioneer settler and spouse will be $25.00, this
includes the name plate for the Pioneer Settler
Plaque located in the Paradise Society library.
We will be happy to
answer any questions concerning the completion of
the application form, however, this will not
include doing free research. Please see our Butte
County research fees elsewhere.
Please e-mail your
request for any assistance to Butte County Pioneer
Settler Certificate Program
or send your request for forms and/or any
assistance with a business size #10 SASE
Pioneer Settler Certificate Program
PO Box 460
and forms may also be printed from this web site
and may be freely duplicated as required.
here to download an application