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 by Mexico.
2. June 1846 to March
1848 -- during the Bear Flag Revolt.
1848 to 9 September 1850 -- during the period when gold was discovered
in the county and the early years of the Gold Rush.
September 1850 to 1921 -- during the period when California became a
state and Butte County was organized by the Act of 1850, through 31
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 eligible.
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 requested.
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 pioneer's 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.
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,
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 roll number.
c. Land Records: Copy of record,
including the Grantee/Grantor Index.
d. Directories: Copy from the city or
e. County Histories: Copy must include
History of Butte County by George C. Mansfield
History of Butte County by Wells & Chamberlain.
f. Family Letters/Journals: Copy must
g. Military Records: Copy from National
Archives or of original papers.
h. Probate Records:
i. Will or Administration file:
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 periodical).
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
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.
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.
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
or send your request for forms and/or any assistance with a business
size #10 SASE (self-addressed-stamped-envelope) to:
Paradise Genealogical Society
Pioneer Settler Certificate Program
PO Box 460
and forms may also be printed from this web site and may be freely
duplicated as required.
Click here to download
The following pioneers have been
submitted by descendants for certificates.
(Schaeffer) Bennett - Chico
Walter Clair Bennett - Chico
Heinrich Buschmann - Paradise
Susan Beede Buschmann - Paradise
Reuben Charlton - Paradise area
Alice (Harmon) Charlton - Paradise area
Rebecca Florence Fulton Cory - Chico/Paradise
William E. Elston - Pentz
Elizabeth (Sweet) Elston - Pentz
Andrew Hayenga - Chico
Augustina (Brandt) Hayenga - Chico
Emma Lavina (McGrew) Hook - Chico/Paradise