The Colorado Council of Genealogy Societies introduced First Families of Colorado Recognition Program in 1983. There are three categories of certificates:
- First Family: Ancestor must have been born in, or settled in, the land area of what is now Colorado before 1861.
- 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.
- Centennial Family: Ancestor must have been born in, or settled in, Colorado at least 100 years prior to the date of this application.
The certificates issued by the Council show the ancestor's name and the name of the applicant. The certificates are numbered and are suitable for framing.
Certificate 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 them and their earliest Colorado ancestor. See application for types of acceptable proofs.
For more information on this Certificate Program, go to the following Colorado Council of Genealogy Societies link.