Illinois State Genealogical Society
Prairie Patriot LogoPrairie Patriot Certificates
Prairie Patriot Certificates are available for descendants of all wars. The Veteran must have served during the indicated war and lived, died, or was buried in Illinois.
The applicant may be a direct descendant (through bloodline -- "child of a child") or an indirect descendant (through a sibling of the veteran) and must prove the relationship on the accompanying forms.
Wars that are included in the project are:
  • Revolutionary War
  • War of 1812
  • Blackhawk War
  • Mexican War
  • Civil War
  • Spanish-American War
  • World War I
  • World War II
Fee:  The fee for each certificate application is $30.00. One certificate and lapel pin 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 $30.00 each and will include a lapel pin.
Full instructions and fee schedule are available on the application form.
For a list of certificates issued to date click here: Prairie Patriot Certificates DB
NEWIf you have previously honored your ancestor as a Prairie Patriot (formerly Military Certificate programs), you may purchase a lapel pin for $10 using this order form and mailing a check to the ISGS Office. Click HERE to download the order form.
For questions concerning the Military Certificates project, please e-mail