Military Certificates

The Illinois State Genealogical Society currently has several Military Certificate projects in progress. The purpose of these projects is to recognize the sacrifices made by the veteran's valiant efforts and to record and preserve material submitted in support of the certificates so that it will be available for future generations of researchers.
  • Blackhawk War:  The applicant must be a direct descendant of a Blackhawk War veteran, who actively served during the war and lived, died or was buried in Illinois.

    Illinois State Genealogical Society Black Hawk War Certificate 
  • War of 1812:  The applicant must be a direct descendant of a War of 1812 veteran, who actively served during the war and lived, died or was buried in Illinois. Click here to view a sample certificate.

    Illinois State Genealogical Society War of 1812 Certificate
  • Civil War:  The applicant must be a direct descendant of a Civil War veteran, who actively served in an Illinois military unit or lived, died or was buried in Illinois. Click here to view a sample certificate.

    Illinois State Genealogical Society Civil War Certificate
  • World War I: The applicant must be a direct descendant of a World War I veteran, who actively served during the war and lived, died or was buried in Illinois. Click here to view a sample certificate.

    Illinois State Genealogical Society World War I Certificate
  • World War II: The applicant must be a direct descendant of a World War II veteran, who actively served during the war and lived, died or was buried in Illinois. Click here to view a sample certificate.

    Illinois State Genealogical Society World War II Certificate
Indirect Certificates are available for all military categories:  The applicant may be an indirect or collateral descendant of the veteran and must prove collateral relationship on the accompanying forms.
 
Fee:  The fee for each certificate application is $20.00. One certificate is included in the fee and will be mailed after eligibility has been determined. Application fees will not be refunded.
 
Additional Certificates:  Brothers, sisters, children, or grandchildren of the applicant who wish to apply at the same time as the original applicant will also need to fill out an application. Their documentation need only show direct relationship to the original applicant. These additional applications include one designated certificate each. The fee for additional certificates is $10.00 each.
 
Full instructions and fee schedule are available on the application form.
 
For a list of certificates issued to date click here: Military Certificates Database
 
For questions concerning the Military Certificates project, please e-mail isgsmilitarycerts@ilgensoc.org.