The purpose of the Certificate Program is to recognize families with Iowa roots, encourage people to undertake genealogical research, and to provide genealogical resources for researchers in our library.

For people who are directly descended from Iowa Pioneers applicants must provide direct descent and prove that the ancestor settled in Iowa:

By 1846, to receive a Statehood Certificate

By 1856, to receive a Pioneer Certificate

More than 100 years prior to the date of application, for a Century Certificate.