Pioneer Families


Genealogy & Local History

Williamson County celebrated in 1999 the 200th anniversary of its formation in 1799. In honor of this celebration, the Williamson County Public Library proudly offers a commemorative Pioneer Families of Williamson County, Tennessee Certificate to eligible persons. Anyone directly descended from a pre-1850 pioneer of the county is welcome to apply for this permanent remembrance of his/her family history.

The data furnished by applicants as proof of lineage will become a valuable addition to the Library's Genealogy and Local History Collection. These family records are a resource for other historians and genealogists, and will supplement the published histories of the county. Pioneer Family Records are available for research in the Special Collections Department during business hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

The Pioneer Families Heritage Program has received over 800 applications honoring more than 200 Williamson County Pioneers since its inception.  The library welcomes your participation in the Pioneer Families Heritage Program.


  • Complete the Pioneer Families Certificate Application, the Line of Descent Chart, and Pioneer Family Group Sheet included in the application packet. (Tip: Open the application form and save on your computer or hard drive, then you are able to type in your information and print it out.)

  • Computer generated family group sheets may be substituted for Pioneer Family Group Sheets.

  • Include proof of lineage for each generation. Proof may consist of county documents, United States Federal Census records, newspaper articles, family histories, marriage records, obituaries, birth certificates and death certificates.

  • Photographs of your ancestors are welcome.

For additional information, email the Special Collections Department or phone us at (615) 595-1246.


Mail the application forms and documentation to the Williamson County Public Library, Special Collections Department, 1314 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064.

Pioneer Families Ancestor Roster
Pioneer Family booklets are available for review only in the Special Collections Department.
Family photographs of select pioneers are available in the roster.

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