First Families of Colorado Recognition Program

The First Families of Colorado Recognition Program was started by the Council in 1983. There are three categories of certificates: First Family, Territorial and Centennial. The certificates are numbered and show the ancestor's name and the name of the applicant. The certificates are suitable for framing.

 

Applicant need not currently reside in Colorado, but must be a direct descendant of an ancestor who qualifies. Applicant must submit proof of relationship between generations, from applicant back to the earliest Colorado ancestor. See the application for types of acceptable proofs.

 

Eligibility for the certificates is as follows:

  • First Family: Ancestor must have been born in, or settled in, the land area of what is now Colorado before 1861. Certificate numbers start with F, for example F-987.
  • Territorial Family: Ancestor must have been born in, or settled in, a territory that is now Colorado between 28 February 1861 and 01 August 1876. Certificate numbers start with T, for example T-987.
  • Centennial Family: Ancestor must have been born in, or settled in, Colorado at least 100 years prior to the date of this application. Certificate numbers start with C, for example C-987.

First Families of Colorado Recognition Program Database

Click here to download a PDF of our list of pioneers that have been recognized.
This list is divided by the three categories described above and is in alphabetical order.
This document was updated on June 14, 2014.

 

Click to view Example Certificate

Click to download Application Packet

Included in the packet are:
  • Program Application
  • Instructions
  • Family Tree Chart
  • Family Group Sheet
(Please allow 3 months for processing of applications.)

Mail completed application packets to:

Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies
First Families of Colorado Recognition Program
P.O. Box 40270
Denver, CO 80204-0270